Netflix Nabs Animated ‘Inspector Gadget’ and ‘Danger Mouse’ Remakes

/ Feb 25, 2015

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Netflix has picked up five new kids’ series, including remakes of “Danger Mouse” and “Inspector Gadget,” as the company continues to build out its library of original and exclusive family-friendly programming.

Starting later this spring with an “Inspector Gadget” animated series, all series will be exclusively available on Netflix in the US.

The new CGI take on “Inspector Gadget,” produced by DHX Media, will arrive on Netflix in March. The current order is for 26 episodes, which will once again follow the bumbling adventures of the famous bionic detective and his (smarter) sidekicks. Exclusive to Netflix in the US, it will also stream on the service in Latin America, the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, and the Nordics after the initial TV broadcast in each country.

Another remake, “Danger Mouse,” is targeted for a spring 2016 release. Based on the ‘80s cult parody of British spy fiction, the animated series will follow the adventures of superspy Danger Mouse and his hapless sidekick as they thwart plots from a host of villainous rivals. The new series will star British actor and comedian Stephen Fry, and will premiere on Netflix in North America, Latin America, the Nordics, Benelux, and Japan. It will come to all other Netflix territories at a later date.

Other series include “Some Assembly Required,” created by Dan Signer (“Mr. Young”) and Howard Nemetz (“The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”) and produced by Thunderbird Films; “Bottersnikes & Gumbles,” based on the book series of the same name and co-commissioned by Netflix, BBC, and Channel 7 Australia; and “Super 4,” a CGI animated series inspired by Playmobil.

“Some Assembly Required” will premiere the series this summer across all of its territories, except for Canada, where it’s currently the top show on YTV, according to the company.

“Bottersnikes,” which runs for 13 episodes, will make its debut on Netflix in the spring of 2016. Due to the BBC and Channel 7 Australia’s involvement, the show will make its debut on Netflix in those countries at a later time.

“Super 4” will make its US premiere in April 2015.

Family-friendly programming remains important for Netflix, which launched its dedicated section for kids under 12 in 2011. In the last year alone, the company has ordered or exclusively licensed series from the likes of DreamWorks Animation, Mattel, Hasbro, and Scholastic. The DreamWorks deal is notable as the studio is committed to producing more than 300 hours of original programming for Netflix, based on its popular film franchises.

Netflix also has a deal with Disney to be the exclusive pay-TV home to the studio’s live-action and animated feature films, which kicks off in 2016.

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