Today is a great day for cartoon nostalgia, first the word comes down that “DuckTales” is coming back on Disney XD and now Netflix has confirmed that a rebooted “Inspector Gadget” will hit their streaming service next month.
Unlike Disney and “DuckTales,” Netflix is able to get the new Gadget series up quickly by virtue of the fact that it already exists. Twenty-six episodes have been produced and already aired in Europe though Netflix has acquired the rights to debut the series in the United States. This also means that they’ve had opportunity to see the entire series prior to purchasing it which gives us some assurances as to its quality.
“Inspector Gadget” for the uninitiated, is like the Six Million Dollar Man, but if the economy crashed. He’s like if an Autobot had a baby with the dumbest person you know and that baby was somehow trusted with important information and secret missions. His complete incompetence is balanced only by the Batman utility built stored within his body and the invaluable assistance from his niece Penny and their dog Brain. You can read more about the series and watch an episode in a previous segment of Saturday Morning Cartoon!
The new series features the same characters we’ve all come to love, Gadget is there, Penny and Brain, Quimby, Claw, and M.A.D. Cat, but they’ve been given updated looks and technology to bring the show into modernity while still hearkening back to its roots.
“We think that kids are going to love the show,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of global independent content, “but it’s also going to get some co-viewing because there is a generation of parents who grew up on the original.”
I know that I’ll personally be checking it out when it hits Netflix next month, your mission is to do the same. This message will self-destruct in 30 seconds.