Go, Go, Gadget Reboot!


When I was growing up, Saturday morning cartoons were a big deal. A big. Deal. For a kid back in the 80s, it was almost my soul reason for existing. Well, that and my ever-expanding Star Wars action figure collection. But while shows like Looney Toons and Superfriends were definitely on my weekend playlist, I was more attracted to animated  storytelling that went a little beyond what was typical. I was all about dragons, and sci-fi, and robots, and technology, and mystery. I was constantly salivating for the next episode of Dungeons & Dragons or Scooby-Doo (pre-Scrappy Doo, thank you very much). But my real favorites were always a bit harder to find. I’m talking about Battle of the Planets. I’m talking about Robotech. And I’m talking about a little show about a British secret agent named Danger Mouse.

danger_mouse_posterThis show was so elusive in my neck of the woods, I had to find a friend who had cable to watch it. And I was never disappointed. Danger Mouse was so funny and inventive, especially for an 80s cartoon, and there was always a bit of a wink toward its older audience with the inclusion of some possibly more adult-oriented humor. It was miles ahead of anything else on the regular Saturday morning line-up. And that’s why I was intrigued to learn today that, according to USA Today, Netflix, the streaming juggernaut—which is quickly becoming a programming powerhouse to rival any network—is bringing my old pal, Danger Mouse, back in a new incarnation. My ten-year-old self is stoked. Super stoked.

But the good news doesn’t end there. Fans of the another secret agent, the bumbling cybernetic buffoon known as Inspector Gadget, will be pleased to know that that property is getting a reboot as well. Gadget was a little after my cartoon-watching prime, as it was mostly popular when I was in high school, but I still have a lot of respect for its humor and its ability to capture children’s imaginations. I always thought it was pretty creative and smart, unlike its silly 1999 live-action version starring Matthew Broderick.


In the USA Today article, Erik Barmack, VP of International Global Content at Netflix, was quoted as saying:

It’s one of those shows where we’re able to hit a few different audiences. We think that kids are going to love the show … but it’s also going to get some co-viewing because there is a generation of parents who grew up on the original.

Yeah, adults are going to watch these new cartoons because of the kids. Yeah, that’s the reason. Trust me, if there’s a huge contingent of adults who’ll watch and enjoy a show for little girls about magical ponies, I’m sure you’ll find a lot of adults who will watch the new Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget. Kids or no kids. And I might be one of them. Well, you know, I’ll check it out a time or two. If I have time. [No, I’m seriously watching Danger Mouse, for sure].

Gadget is set to hit screens in March, while Danger Mouse won’t be coming out until Spring 2016.

So, what do you think? Are you stoked that Netflix is bringing these classics back? Should they be left in the past in favor of new, original content? Sound off in the comments.


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