Break out the rocket boots, find yourself a polka-dotted alien with no neck and a red mohawk, and get ready to say your secret magic word – 80s kids favourite SuperTed is apparently set for a return!
Animator Michael Young, who gave us the original adventures of the super-powered teddy bear back in those halcyon days of looming nuclear apocalypse that were the 1980s, says production is set to begin on brand new episodes. Young made the announcement while promoting his new feature-length animated feature Norm of the North, which features the voices of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Bill Nighy and James Cordon.
Young has previously tried to relaunch SuperTed, but with the return of Danger Mouse late in last year, it seems that the time is considered right for more of the adventures of SuperTed and his sidekick Spotty. However, it’s perhaps inevitable that there will be changes to suit a 21st Century sensibility. As far back as 2014 Young had this to say about the series’ trio of recurring bad guys:
“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.”
So, if Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton are making a return, it’s very likely that they’ll be treated somewhat differently. The comments sections in some corners of the internet are already going ape about the decision to accept that being nasty and stereotyping to people isn’t a good thing, but then that’s what happens when you venture into the vortex that is The Daily Mail. Provided this is treated with the same respect to the source material that the new Danger Mouse has been, and not the god-awful Thundercats remake of 2011, then this could be great.
Source: Wales Online