Danger Mouse (2015 TV series)

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Danger Mouse
Dangermouse title 2015.jpg
Genre
Based on Danger Mouse
by Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall
Directed by Robert Cullen
Voices of
Narrated by Dave Lamb
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 74 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chapman Maddox
  • Bob Higgins
  • Tim Searle
Running time 11–22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original network CBBC
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Original release 28 September 2015 (2015-09-28) – present
Chronology
Related shows Danger Mouse (1981 TV series)
External links
Website

Danger Mouse is a British animated television series, serving as a updated version of the 1981 series with the same name. The series is produced by FremantleMedia with the animation provided by Irish studio Boulder Media. The series premiered on CBBC on 28 September 2015, more than 20 years after the end of the show’s original run.[2]

The series revolves around Danger Mouse, the "world's greatest secret agent", and his hamster sidekick Penfold, who protect the world from a variety of dangers. With help from his boss Colonel K and the genius scientist Professor Squawkencluck, Danger Mouse is equipped to defeat his nemesis, Baron von Greenback.

Within three weeks of the series running, Danger Mouse achieved 2.4 million viewers and became the highest rated show on the CBBC channel.[3]

On 19 May 2016, Danger Mouse was commissioned for a second series[4] and on 4 April 2017, for a third series of 26 episodes.[5]

Production[edit]

In 2013, FremantleMedia confirmed to Broadcast that an updated version of the series was being considered,[6][7] and in June 2014 it was announced that a new series consisting of 52 episodes; was being made for broadcast on CBBC in 2015.[8] The series is produced by Boulder Media for Boat Rocker Media, who acquired FremantleMedia's kids and family entertainment business in January 2018.[9]

It is directed by Robert Cullen,[10] with Brian Cosgrove, one of the original creators being a creative consultant.[11] In the United States, the series was picked up by Netflix.[12] Alexander Armstrong and Kevin Eldon voice Danger Mouse and Penfold, Dave Lamb takes the role of the narrator, whilst Stephen Fry and Ed Gaughan take on the roles of Colonel K and Baron Greenback respectively.[13] Armstrong's Pointless co-host Richard Osman also appears in the series as Professor Strontium Jellyfishowitz.[14] It was also announced that John Oliver would voice Dr Augustus P. Crumhorn IV and Lena Headey would voice new character Jeopardy Mouse.[15] According to Eldon, the animation style is 'much the same as the original'.[16] The series is animated in Toon Boom Harmony, as the animators thought that Flash was too limited.[17]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

The title character and the main protagonist of the series, Danger Mouse is the world's greatest secret agent. Supremely confident in his abilities, Danger Mouse's vanity sometimes leads him to take actions that unnecessarily create risky situations.
A hamster who works as Danger Mouse's assistant. A cowardly type, and very meek, he is often known for shouting "Oh, Crumbs!" when frightened. This version is not as misinterpretive as his original counterpart.
A Chinchilla who serves as Danger Mouse and Penfold's boss. In the episode "The Return of Danger K", it is revealed that the Colonel was once an agent himself called Danger K. A running gag is he either forgets Penfold's name or who he is.
Chief scientist of the secret service. She gets annoyed with Danger Mouse when he doesn't pay attention to her, uses her inventions without her permission, or breaks/messes with her latest creation, to the point of a love-hate relationship with him. In the episode "Attack of the Clowns", it is revealed that she is afraid of clowns; she overcomes this fear in the episode "Big Trouble in Little Clowntown".
The main antagonist, a criminal mastermind and Danger Mouse's arch enemy. Though Greenback was a mainstay of the 1981 series, in the 2015 series, the prefix "von" has been incorporated into his name. He was also given a German accent to match.
Greenback's pet fluffy white caterpillar, whose intelligence and cunning is often underestimated.
Greenback's Italian crow sidekick.
As with the original series, The Narrator, an unseen character, frequently breaks the Fourth Wall, interacting with both the viewer and the other characters and often finds himself in danger from the episode's antagonist.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Pandaminion (voiced by Ed Gaughan): A Panda and Greenback's unintelligent minion.
  • Dr. Loo-cifer (voiced by Kayvan Novak): An advanced robotic toilet gone rogue.
  • Dawn Crumhorn/The Princess (voiced by Morwenna Banks): A young spoiled poodle who becomes powerful after her tiara comes into contact with personality-amplifying mind gel. She is later revealed to be the daughter of Doctor Augustus P. Crumhorn IV in "Mousefall".
  • Isambard King Kong Brunel (voiced by Kayvan Novak): A scientist monkey who comes up with impractical inventions. He once created a time machine to replace all useful inventions with his own.
  • Quark (voiced by Ed Gaughan): A money-hungry alien huckster who tries to use DM in get-rich-quick schemes.
  • The Snowman (voiced by Richard Ayoade):[18] An embarrassingly inept living snowman with the ability to freeze things with his left arm and fire explosive carrots from his nose.
  • Count Duckula (voiced by Rasmus Hardiker): A stardom-obsessed vampire duck. This incarnation of the character combines aspects of both his villainous counterpart from the original Danger Mouse series, and his more amicable vegetarian counterpart from his own spin-off series.
  • Baron Silas von Penfold (voiced by Kevin Eldon): An evil version of Penfold from an alternate reality known as the Twystyverse. He is often seen working alongside his enforcer, Sinister Mouse, as that dimension's greatest supervillains.
  • Sinister Mouse (voiced by Alexander Armstrong): The world's greatest Evil Agent and DM's Twin from the Twystyverse.
  • The Queen of Weevils (voiced by Miranda Richardson): An evil beetle witch from Arthurian Legend, who was sealed away inside a gem over a thousand years ago by Merlin before accidentally being released into the modern world.
  • The Queen (voiced by Morwenna Banks): The Queen of England.
  • Jeopardy Mouse (voiced by Lena Headey):[15] The female American equivalent of Danger Mouse. Clad in a slick military jumpsuit and working under orders from General E. Normous Schwartznut, she performs her missions professionally and without fuss-- but has a tendency to be overbearing and take herself too seriously.
  • Doctor Augustus P. Crumhorn IV (voiced by John Oliver): The father of The Princess and the son of Doctor Augustus P. Crumhorn III, he is an ambitious trillionaire Dobermann Pinscher who vows to defeat Danger Mouse in order to make his daughter happy and buy up all the companies in the world.
  • Hysteria (voiced by Lindsey Russell): A lizard who is the leader of a group called Hydrant.
  • Professor Ham Hands (voiced by Ben Willbond): A pig with hams in place of his hands as the result of an experiment gone wrong.
  • Danger Agents who appear every so often: Danger Moth, Danger Mackerel, Danger Hedgehog, Danger Pelican, Danger Babies.
  • Birch Badboy (voiced by Kayvan Novak): a 80s punk squirrel who tries to bring a new age of rudeness. In the episode "Quantum of Rudeness", it is revealed that he became rude through Danger Mouse's fault.

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 premiered on 28 September 2015 and consisted of 50 episodes.[19][20] Series 2 premiered on 14 June 2017 and consisted of 24 episodes.

Home media[edit]

Video games[edit]

In July 2017, it was announced that an official Danger Mouse mobile game was in development by 9th Impact[21] and the game Danger Mouse: The Danger Games was released on iOS App Store and Google Play Store in August 2017. The game is a multiplayer racing battle with card trading.[22] It was nominated for Best Mobile Game at the 2017 Best of Gamescom awards, but lost to Metroid: Samus Returns.[23]

The game will also be released for the Nintendo Switch in 2018.[24]

DVD releases[edit]

The first DVD of the series was released on 2 November 2015. [25] The whole of series 1 has been released across 6 DVDs, with 1 being released in 2015, 2 in 2016 and 3 in 2017. All 2015 episodes have been released for digital download through Amazon and other services.

Region 2
DVD title Series Episode count Total running time Release date(s) Episodes
Danger Mouse: Mission Improbable[25] 1 7 88 mins approx 2 November 2015 "Danger Mouse Begins... Again"
"Planet of the Toilets"
"Danger at C-Level"
"The Other Day the Earth Stood Still"
"Welcome to Danger World"
"Big Head Awakens"
"Greenfinger"
Danger Mouse: Quark Games[26] 9 99 mins approx 15 August 2016 "Quark Games"
"Pink Dawn"
"The World Wide Spider"
"Jeopardy Mouse"
"The Return of Danger K"
"Danger Fan"
"Big Penfold"
"The Unusual Suspects"
"The Inventor Preventor"
Danger Mouse: Merry Christmouse[27] 7 89 mins approx 24 October 2016 "The Snowman Cometh"
"#Sinister Mouse"
"There's No Place Like Greenback"
"Happy Boom Day!"
"Frankensquawk's Monster"
"Escape From Big Head"
"Megahurtz Attacks"
Danger Mouse: The Mouse Awakens[28] 9 105 mins approx 6 February 2017 "The Hamster Effect"
"The Good, the Baaaaa and the Ugly"
"Attack of the Clowns"
"Cheesemageddon"
"Send in the Clones"
"Hail Hydrant"
"Wicked Leaks"
"Queen of Weevils"
"Masters of the Twystyverse"
Danger Mouse: The Agents Who Saved Summer[29] 10 17 July 2017 "Never Say Clever Again"
"Tomorrow Never Comes"
"Half the World Is Enough"
"Danger Is Forever"
"The Spy Who Came in With a Cold"
"Agent 58"
"Thanks a Minion!"
"High School Inedible"
"Mousefall"
"Mouse Rise"
Danger Mouse: From Duck to Dawn[30] 8 93 mins approx 18 September 2017 "From Duck to Dawn"
"The Duckula Show"
"Very Important Penfold"
"The Cute Shall Inherit the Earth"
"All 5 It"
"Dream Worrier"
"The Confidence Trick"
"Sir Danger de Mouse"

Stage adaptation[edit]

It was announced in December 2016 that there would be a live stage show based on the TV series in 2017. The show is being produced by FremantleMedia who created the reboot series for CBBC and is also produced by Butlins holiday park where it will tour around all three of its parks from Easter 2017 untll January 2018.[31] The show will be titled Robo Mop. The stage show will return in 2018.

Merchandising[edit]

Jazwares is the master toy partner, Penguin Books will publish a range of printed books, including story books, official guides, sticker books, novelty books, annuals and electronic titles and D.C. Thomson & Co. have started publishing a monthly magazine (from July 2016) with comic strips, puzzles, fact files, poster and competitions.[32] Marc Silk read Danger Mouse audiobooks, the first one being released on 2 June 2016.[33] A Danger Mouse Scribble Book was also released on 2 June 2016, as well as Sticky Situations! Colouring Book.[34][35]and License to Chill[36]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Jacob Kastrenakes. "Netflix picks up Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse reboots". The Verge. Vox Media. 
  13. ^ "Danger Mouse to be voiced by Alexander Armstrong". 
  14. ^ "Stephen Fry and Richard Osman join cast of CBBC's Danger Mouse". Prolific North. 
  15. ^ a b Ben Beaumont-Thomas. "Crumbs! Lena Headey and John Oliver join Danger Mouse remake". the Guardian. 
  16. ^ "Kevin Eldon on Danger Mouse reboot: 'It's pretty imaginative'". WOW247. 
  17. ^ Thill, Scott (11 April 2015). "Rebooting 'Danger Mouse' For A New Generation: Interview with Directors Robert Cullen and Paul O'Flanagan". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  18. ^ Powder Blue Internet Business Solutions. "Richard Ayoade joins Danger Mouse". chortle.co.uk. 
  19. ^ "Danger Mouse: Still 'the greatest' secret agent in the world?". BBC News. 
  20. ^ Ben Beaumont-Thomas. "Crumbs! Lena Headey and John Oliver join Danger Mouse remake". the Guardian. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "FremantleMedia teams with 9th Impact for Danger Mouse app". Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
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  23. ^ http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/08/super_mario_odyssey_walks_away_with_lots_of_gamescom_awards
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  26. ^ "Danger Mouse: Quark Games [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  27. ^ "Danger Mouse: Merry Christmouse [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  28. ^ "Danger Mouse: The Mouse Awakens". 6 February 2017 – via Amazon. 
  29. ^ "Danger Mouse: The Agents Who Saved Summer". 17 July 2017 – via Amazon. 
  30. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Danger-Mouse-Duck-Dawn-DVD/dp/B0743RV6CR/
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  32. ^ "Jazwares, Penguin and DC Thomson sign with Danger Mouse". licensing.biz. 
  33. ^ Penfold, Ernest; Silk, Marc (2 June 2016). "Danger Mouse: Licence to Chill: Case Files Fiction Book 1". Penguin – via Amazon. 
  34. ^ "Danger Mouse: Scribble Book". Puffin. 2 June 2016 – via Amazon. 
  35. ^ "Danger Mouse: Sticky Situations!: Sticker Activity Book". Puffin. 2 June 2016 – via Amazon. 
  36. ^ Penfold, Ernest (2 June 2016). "Danger Mouse: Licence to Chill: Case Files Fiction Book 1". Puffin – via Amazon. 

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