Remakes everywhere. Including your favorite cartoons from the 1980s. Netflix, in a bid to reach more kids, and by extension paying parents, is ordering five kids shows to add to its content library.
Netflix snapped up the rights to the remake the popular cartoon, about a bumbling bionic private eye. The first Inspector Gadget was an animated cartoon started in 1983, and eventually made its way to the big screen in a movie starring Matthew Broderick. You probably don’t want to Netflix that one.
Currently, the updated gadget is being produced Canadian media company DHX. It’s already aired in Europe, but will make its exclusive US premiere in March on Netflix. Foreign territories have yet to earn a release date.
“It’s one of those shows where we’re able to hit a few different audiences,” said Erik Barmack, VP of global independent content at Netflix. “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.”
Netflix and Danger Mouse
Outside of Inspector Gadget, Netflix is also rebooting the popular Danger Mouse. In total, 26 half-hour episodes are being produced by the company and Fremantle. The British show followed a secret agent mouse in a series of adventures. Expect the show to hit sometime in the Spring 2016.
The other three shows Netflix acquired the rights to include the Canadian live-action show Some Assembly Required, Bottersnikes & Gumbles and Super 4 – a Playmobil inspired series.
Netflix’s push into kids content isn’t new. Deals are already on the books for remakes of The Magic Schoolbus, Popples and Care Bears. There is a multi year deal in place with DreamWorks for over 300 hours of original programming from the company’s animated library.
Thanks Netflix, if I didn’t feel old enough already this morning, you took care of it. And yes, I’m probably going to watch Inspector Gadget. Who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgia?