Over two decades since it wrapped, much loved 1980s British cartoon series "Danger Mouse" is coming out of retirement with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment teaming with the BBC to produce a 52-episode new series to air on CBBC next year in the UK.
A parody of the Bond films and TV's "Danger Man", the Cosgrove Hall Films production followed an eye-patched white mouse who is also the world's greatest secret agent. He and his bespectacled and reluctant hamster assistant Penfold work out of their base within a red postbox.
Together they battled the evil machinations of the wheezy voiced toad Baron Silas Greenback and his crow assistant Stiletto Mafiosa. On occasion the vampire Count Duckula was the antagonist, and he went on to score his own spin-off series.
161 episodes were produced over a decade and the show proved to be an international hit, even in the United States market where British cartoons had a tough time breaking into.
The cartoon's original co-creator Brian Cosgrove says in a statement: "When I helped to create Danger Mouse I had no idea the show would be such a huge success both in the UK and overseas. I am delighted that a whole new generation will be introduced to his daring deeds and thrilled to be part of this new 21st century series."
Sir David Jason played the original Danger Mouse and the late Terry Scott played Penfold. There's no word on who'll be voicing the characters in the new run.
The new Danger Mouse character will sport an 'i-patch' which will contain multiple state-of-the art functions, along with more cutting-edge technology. It's expected his iconic flying car will also be returning.
Source: The Guardian