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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Danger Mouse is a reboot of a classic '80s British cartoon about the escapades of a secret agent and his trusty sidekick, who team up against their villainous nemesis to thwart his plans. The show features a lot of cartoon violence (explosions, crashes) with little repercussion and more comedy than actual scares from the bad guys. There's plenty of physical and silly humor kids will like, but older viewers will find the comedy well suited to them as well. This spoof of British spy movies is all kinds of fun to watch, and its retro angle makes it one parents and kids can enjoy together.
What's the story?
Everyone's favorite rodent spy returns for new adventures in DANGER MOUSE, a reboot of the '80s cartoon of the same name. Wily Danger Mouse (voiced by Alexander Armstrong) and his loyal sidekick, Penfold (Kevin Eldon), team up to stop nefarious villains who are bent on world domination. What they lack in size, this clever team makes up for in brains, always managing to outdo their counterparts with quick thinking and some help from their high-tech gadgets and gizmos.
Is it any good?
Remaking a classic can go either way; fortunately in this case, the creators didn't mess too much with what already was a good thing. Nostalgia works heavily in Danger Mouse's favor, and adult fans who remember the character from their childhood years will appreciate that, aside from sharper animation and some minor style tweaks, little about the show's appearance has changed. The stories retain their original wit, the heroes' adventures border on hilarious, and the villains are predictably bumbling and easily outsmarted, which adds up to an all-around good time for fans.
Danger Mouse can fill the need for watch-together fare that's equally entertaining for both parents and kids. Its brisk pace, visual appeal, and silly characters work for youngsters, and there's not a hint of content that pushes the boundaries for this age group. At the same time, highbrow humor abounds in the characters' exchanges with each other and with the show's narrator (Dave Lamb), who jumps into conversations now and then to hilarious results.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of parodies such as this one. Do you have to know the genre to enjoy a show that's spoofing it? What are some of your favorite parodies? Are some more critical than others?
How does Danger Mouse rank as a heroic cartoon character? What are his best qualities? His shortcomings? Do you have a favorite cartoon hero or heroine?
There's a lot of violence in this show. Does it affect you in a negative way? Does the fact that it's presented as a cartoon lessen the impact of what you see?
- Premiere date: September 28, 2015
- Cast: Kevin Eldon, Alexander Armstrong, Dave Lamb
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Great boy role models, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
- Character strengths: Courage, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y7
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
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