After 30 long years SuperTed is set to make his return to television, but will be more kid friendly for today’s generation. His enemies won’t be fat, or campy and the cowboy villain will no longer carry a gun.
The animated tale of an ordinary teddy bear brought to life with cosmic dust is being revived by its creator, Mike Young, for 26 new episodes.
The original ran from 1983-85 with Derek Griffiths voicing SuperTed. Texas Pete (Victor Spinetti) was the evil cowboy villain, abetted by a camp and cowardly skeleton (Melvyn Hayes) and a chubby dimwit called Bulk (Roy Kinnear).
But that was a different era, and the villains in the new cartoon will be different.
“Popeye used to smash people in the face. And it was very funny. But of course there is no television network anywhere in the world that would let you do that now.”
“In SuperTed we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight. And all these things you just wouldn’t do today.”
Young is confident, however, that “you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way.” He also said the company would “definitely be talking to Melvyn and Derek” about reprising their voice roles.
Kinnear died in 1988 and Spinetti in 2012. Jon Pertwee, who voiced SuperTed’s sidekick, Spotty, died in 1996.
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