Television execs seems to be stuck in a neverending nostalgia loop. In just the past week, reboots or spinoffs have been announced for The Lion King, The Magic School Bus, The Powerpuff Girls…and now, Danger Mouse. The iconic U.K. cartoon series, which was produced by British studio Cosgrove Hall from 1981 to 1992, is returning to the small screen next year with 52 eleven-minute episodes.
Brian Cosgrove, the show’s original co-creator will serve as a consultant on the reboot, which is being commissioned by CBBC and co-produced by Irish studio Boulder Media and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, the latter of whom owns the character’s TV and licensing rights. The revival will be directed by Robert Cullen (The Amazing World of Gumball, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends) and will employ a mixed-media approach to give the show “a distinct look and feel.”
“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,” said Brian Cosgrove in a BBC press release. “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. I can’t wait to find out what he’s been up to for the last 23 years.”
Danger Mouse’s memorable mailbox headquarters will be updated to reflect contemporary gadgetry, and notably, his signature eye patch will be replaced with an “i-patch” that will contain “multiple technological functions.”