There’s currently a feeding frenzy going on at the pool of nostalgic childrens’ TV shows, with Power Rangers getting both a big budget feature film and a gritty, violent short film homage, DuckTales being rebooted by Disney XD, a Powerpuff Girls reboot coming to Cartoon Network, and the CGI revival Thunderbirds Are Go! set to premiere on ITV.
If you thought that shows like Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget were safe, think again. Both of these 20th century cartoon series have been revived and will soon be coming to Netflix, with new episodes of Inspector Gadget arriving in March 2015 and Danger Mouse set to return in spring 2016.
Inspector Gadget, his niece Penny and her dog Brain will return in CGI for a 26-episode series in which the bumbling cyborg detective must go up against the nefarious plans of Dr. Claw, who has reactivated global crime syndicate MAD. The show will arrive on U.S. Netflix next month and will be available on the service in Latin America, the U.K., Ireland, Benelux, France and the Nordics at a later date.
Danger Mouse, the classic British cartoon series about a one-eyed superspy mouse and his lovable hamster sidekick Penfold, will return in new 52-episode series that promises “all the classic characters, catchphrases and comedy that made it an 80’s cult favorite.” British comedians Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon will voice Danger Mouse and Penfold, respectively, and Stephen Fry will voice Danger Mouse’s boss, Colonel K. The show will premiere on Netflix in North America, Latin America, Nordics, Benelux and Japan in spring 2016, and become available in other Netflix territories at a later date.
Other shows aimed at younger audiences coming to Netflix in the near future include Some Assembly Required, a live-action sitcom about a group of teenagers who make awesome toys, and CGI animated series Bottersnikes and Gumbles and Super 4. Super 4 will premiere in April, Some Assembly Required in summer 2015 and Bottersnikes and Gumbles in spring 2016.
Acquiring an expansive collection of children’s TV shows is an important step in maintaining and growing Netflix’s status as a competitor for cable TV and other streaming services, and the nostalgia factor means that a lot of parents will probably be sitting down to watch Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget right next to their kids (same goes for Netflix’ upcoming revival of The Magic School Bus).
Inspector Gadget is coming to Netflix in March 2015. Danger Mouse will be released on Netflix in spring 2016.