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Your Favorite Animated Characters Are Returning To Your TV

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 25, 2015 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 25, 2015 |

“Everything old is new again! If it isn’t broken, keep fixing it! If you can’t make it into a terrible children’s movie, just reboot the cartoon series!” — written on the dream board in every Hollywood executive’s office.

Disney XD is bringing Scrooge McDuck and his nephews back with a reboot of DuckTales. The series began in 1987 and followed Scrooge, his nephew Donald, and great-nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie on their adventures. Most of the adventures involved either seeking lost treasure or trying to keep Scrooge’s money safe from The Beagle Brothers, Magica De Spell, or Flintheart Glomgold.

The new series is set to debut in 2017 and will also include Launchpad McQuack, butler Duckworth, inventor Gyro Gearloose, the nanny Mrs. Beakley and her granddaughter Webby.

Cartoon Network is rebooting The Powerpuff Girls in 2016 and most of the voice cast should return. However, if the special “Dance Pantsed” episode that aired last year is any indication, they will not look the same.

Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are, of course, superheroes created by Chemical X spilling into Professor Utonium’s mixture of sugar, spice, and everything nice. The girls protect Townsville from villains such as Mojo Jojo, HIM, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and the Amoeba Boys.

The Magic School Bus 360° has been snatched up by Netflix, along with Inspector Gadget, Danger Mouse, Popples and Care Bears and Cousins.

The Magic School Bus 360° will once again focus on Mrs. Frizzle’s class taking educational adventures in their Magic School Bus. Everything in the series has been modernized, including the use of CGI for the animation, and it will premiere in 2016.

Danger Mouse, the British series, will feature Stephen Fry as the boss of the titular mouse in the spy parody. Danger’s sidekick hamster Penfold will also appear.

Inspector Gadget will continue to believe that he and his bionic body saved the day from Dr. Claw while his niece Penny and her dog Brain are the real heroes. I was always so envious of Penny’s technologically advanced book. Now I’m bored by my iPhone sometimes, because times change and I’m a jerk.

Did you have Popples? I had Popples. I had an orange one and a white one and I adored rolling them into themselves, because Popples haven’t got a spine, and then popping them right back out. Good times. Hopefully the Popples series will consist of more than that. The characters themselves look sickly sweet and shiny. They’ll be available to binge later this year.

Care Bears were another coveted toy of my childhood. I can’t recall if I ever actually had one, now that I think about it. Hmm. At any rate, the Care Bears and their cousins of various animal backgrounds will bring their brand of love, acceptance, and whatever to Netflix in 2016. Care Bear Stare, y’all. STARE.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.