Netflix Announces New ‘Danger Mouse’ and ‘Inspector Gadget’ Series
The company's slate of original programming has been growing pretty steadily in recent months, and now, less than a week after the debut of the first season of new adventures for the pint-sized oligarch, the announcement came down via Variety about what they're working on for the next year, including a new series based on Playmobil figures and, of more interest to those of us driven primarily by nostalgia, reboots of Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse.
The Inspector Gadget series has already aired on television in Europe, but will make its American debut on Netflix in March with a full 26-episode season about Gadget, his niece Penny and their talking dog Brain (which, let's be real here, is a terrible name for a dog) duking it out with Dr. Claw and the criminal organization known as MAD. If, for some reason, you're not already familiar with the premise, just imagine what it would be like if RoboCop was made for tiny children and picked up the story well after the cop had already suffered the horrifying injuries that necessitated 90% of his body being replaced with cybernetics, and you know exactly what it is.
Significantly more obscure is Danger Mouse, a witty British cartoon from the early '80s that was made as a parody of spy movies and was frequently set in dark rooms or at the snow-covered North Pole in order to save time and money on animation, and no, that's not a joke. I remember it being pretty awesome, but I was, you know, four years old at the time, so I'm curious to see where the new series goes with it. One sign that they're going in the right direction: Stephen Fry has signed on for a role, playing Danger Mouse's boss, Colonel K. Danger Mouse will be available in spring of next year.
In addition to Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse, a few other series were announced, but the most notable is definitely Super 4, a series based on Playmobil figures (?!) that involves a knight, a pirate, a fairy and a secret agent teaming up to... Man, I don't even know, but anything that requires that skillset should probably be awesome.