Danger Mouse Remake Will Include Gender Swapped Characters

Danger Mouse Remake Will Include Gender Swapped Characters

Danger Mouse

The in-the-works remake of the BBC's classic kids series Danger Mouse will feature several main characters that will be more "she" than their "he" originals.

Back in June, the BBC revealed that its children's network has plans to remake and reboot the classic children's show Danger Mouse. With such remakes cropping up left and right these days, it likely wasn't much a surprise for fans of the original which aired from 1981 to 1992 and was one of the first British TV shows to see syndication in the US via Nickelodeon.

That being the case, recent details have emerged confirming that the new edition of the show won't just be a simple spruce up to make things more palatable to children raised on the gloss of HD television. Rather, viewers may find themselves with a more diverse cast including fresh versions of old characters that are now women instead of men.

This information was confirmed by CBBC's Chery Taylor, who told journalists that "characters that might have been male in the past will now be female characters." Kay Benbow, the controller of fellow BBC kids network CBeebies, meanwhile, expressed her belief that the move goes along with the network's ongoing efforts to feature content more in line with the multi-gender nature of its audience," she said. No information was revealed about which characters were in line to have their gender swapped.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Hmm Danger mouse was broadcast by itv not the BBC. Its only recently that the BBC bought the rights.

[*sits back and waits for the ensuing drama*]

I for one welcome this news. If there was one flaw in the original, it was too many male characters.

Also, isn't it a bit problematic how white DM is?

Chances are we're probably going to see Penfold ladiefied. Though personally I'd hope they went all for it and made DM himself a her.

Good. Far too many shows just end up having a cast that's basically a boys' club, with just one girl thrown to act as a romantic subplot half the time.

Yeah, just making new characters to fill the gap would be effort, so fuck it, lets just give Penfold a vagina and call it diversity

Batou667:
I for one welcome this news. If there was one flaw in the original, it was too many male characters.

Also, isn't it a bit problematic how white DM is?

*inset Fry image here

Not sure if being truthful or amusingly sarcastic

Yeah, I also suspect Fem-Penfold... although they could go for sexy evil Baroness Greenback.

Windknight:
Chances are we're probably going to see Penfold ladiefied. Though personally I'd hope they went all for it and made DM himself a her.

Colonel K, but keep the moustache/sideburn combo.

IF they made Penfold female and kept Penfold the snivelling, whiny, useless heap that he was in the original, I'd call that a total win. That'd be a very funny character in a way that female characters are not usually allowed to be. But I suspect they won't.

No, I'm with Zykon: The odds are good on Colonel K becoming female. Danger Mouse always had a huge dose of Bond parody in its DNA (obvious statement of the year award to me...) and that'd be nicely in line with Dench's M. It'd be easier to turn Colonel K into a female character than Penfold, although I'd celebrate a well done female Penfold more.

ritchards:
Yeah, I also suspect Fem-Penfold... although they could go for sexy evil Baroness Greenback.

Wouldn't that be "Femfold"?

Personally, if they're messing with gender roles, I hope neither Penfold nor Greenback get switched, as that will just fit into gender the stereotypes of 'dizzy sidekick' and 'evil villainess'. Switching DM him/herself would be fine, as you could end up with kind of Lara Croft take on the character... and Colonel K might work, although run the risk of just being a jumped up female bureaucrat who's out of her depth.

Thinking about it, the only way I could see any of the (principal) supporting cast being female is if DM is gender swapped. As the only vaguely sensible character in the entire show, switching anyone else without switching DM might end up doing more hard than good.

I suppose they could get away with a female Nero, though ;)

@MJ Harper: Just yes to all of that. I'd also argue a Stiletto Mafiosa shifted into a mafia princess archetype could work well enough.

It's been a very long time since I watched an episode of DangerMouse and I can't remember there being ANY female characters before, were there?

StewShearer:

Kay Benbow, the controller of fellow BBC kids network CBeebies, meanwhile, expressed her belief that the move goes along with the network's ongoing efforts to feature content more in line with the multi-gender nature of its audience," she said.

Hate to be a pedant (well, not really), but why is it that so few understand that Gender =/= Sexual designation?

Kungfusam:
Yeah, just making new characters to fill the gap would be effort, so fuck it, lets just give Penfold a vagina and call it diversity

Think of things from their perspective:

"So the Danger Mouse series had only male characters. This is the 21st century, and we realize we can make an adventure cartoon for girls AND boys, so let's change that up. So we have three options:

1.) Make some old main characters female. Not a big deal, gets the job done.

2.) Add new female main characters, keep the old ones. Now our cast of main characters is significantly bigger than it needs to be.

3.) Add new female main characters, get rid of some of the old ones. That's not really satisfactory either, is it? Better to keep the old, good characters around with one small alteration than jettison them entirely.

Option 1 keeps the show tightly focused and faithful to the spirit of the original, and lets us write for the characters we grew up with (with, again, one small alteration). Let's go with that."

Rutskarn:

Kungfusam:
Yeah, just making new characters to fill the gap would be effort, so fuck it, lets just give Penfold a vagina and call it diversity

Think of things from their perspective:

"So the Danger Mouse series had only male characters. This is the 21st century, and we realize we can make an adventure cartoon for girls AND boys, so let's change that up. So we have three options:

1.) Make some old main characters female. Not a big deal, gets the job done.

2.) Add new female main characters, keep the old ones. Now our cast of main characters is significantly bigger than it needs to be.

3.) Add new female main characters, get rid of some of the old ones. That's not really satisfactory either, is it? Better to keep the old, good characters around with one small alteration than jettison them entirely.

Option 1 keeps the show tightly focused and faithful to the spirit of the original, and lets us write for the characters we grew up with (with, again, one small alteration). Let's go with that."

Does it, though? I mean, if the characters are unchanged beyond being female equivalents (like a zany, silly, klutzy sidekick), then I guess that's cool... but if the characters are all given some sort of empowering 'Mary Sue-esque' upgrade, I would just hope that the boys get an equal representation, or something.

EDIT: I missed the "From their Perspective" part- of course you are totally right.

Rutskarn:

Kungfusam:
Yeah, just making new characters to fill the gap would be effort, so fuck it, lets just give Penfold a vagina and call it diversity

Think of things from their perspective:

"So the Danger Mouse series had only male characters. This is the 21st century, and we realize we can make an adventure cartoon for girls AND boys, so let's change that up. So we have three options:

1.) Make some old main characters female. Not a big deal, gets the job done.

2.) Add new female main characters, keep the old ones. Now our cast of main characters is significantly bigger than it needs to be.

3.) Add new female main characters, get rid of some of the old ones. That's not really satisfactory either, is it? Better to keep the old, good characters around with one small alteration than jettison them entirely.

Option 1 keeps the show tightly focused and faithful to the spirit of the original, and lets us write for the characters we grew up with (with, again, one small alteration). Let's go with that."

It really seems like "damned if you do, damned if you do something else." I'm pretty sure roughly the same people would be bothered with each outcome.

I do want to see more Danger Mouse, having loved watching the original as a child, but at the same time it feels more like a quick attempt to say we have diverse shows without having to go to the effort of a new IP and surfing off the knowledge that you already have a fan base; I understand why the fan base is angry about the gender swap, as it suggests that a characters gender is superfluous, but given the nature of the show, as long as they don't mess with the core aspects and keep the show a piss take of James Bond but with a mouse, it shouldn't be too bad.

They just saw the good reactions the Zelda's fan for the new gender of Link and they decided to copy it for their own show.
I will laugh really hard if the "swap" will be for Ernest Penfold or even for the hero of the show:

I will sh*t myself with laughter!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Well, Stiletto's probably the best genderbent option, if only for the heels joke.

It's been years since I watched Danger Mouse, but aren't there only like 4-5 'main' characters in the entire show?
Danger Mouse
Penfold
Danger Mouse's boss
Baron Greenback
Stilleto

Anyway, I'd be curious to see what happens if they feminize Penfold, considering basically all he ever did was panic, be a coward, get kidnapped, and then need to be rescued by Danger Mouse, so I imagine many people would lose their shit if that character was female.

Batou667:
I for one welcome this news. If there was one flaw in the original, it was too many male characters.

Also, isn't it a bit problematic how white DM is?

Agreed, very problematic, especially having a non-white partner with dwarfism.

RA92:
Good. Far too many shows just end up having a cast that's basically a boys' club, with just one girl thrown to act as a romantic subplot half the time.

yeah I like Regular show bit its waaay to "bro-ish" for me

Batou667:
I for one welcome this news. If there was one flaw in the original, it was too many male characters.

Also, isn't it a bit problematic how white DM is?

I agree: even when I was ten years old and watching videotaped episodes about the custard cannon on the moon, I was concerned about how disgustingly privileged Danger Mouse was, with his training and gadgets. It made me feel very bad about myself!

OT

Doesn't bother me in the slightest, but I will say this about the inevitable reaction: FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!

Sounds like a great idea to me. I've seen the original before, and I wanna see the new one.

I kinda dig the reasoning behind it, too. I do get a little annoyed at the sausagefest shows that relegate what few women appear to love interests, do-nothings, incompetents, rarely seen characters, etc.

Si Barona! (Not too sure that Baroni is male anyway? Surely Barone?)

Could DM shush a Femfold as dismissively? I don't want a non-shushing DM.

Colonel K needs to be a woman, and voiced by Dame Judy if possible. I hope David Jason at least has a cameo.

When I first heard about this, I thought I'd been put out... But it doesn't just makes sense but I would had be more put out if they didn't. I can see the daily mail going all foaming at the mouth of it though.

BlindChance:
IF they made Penfold female and kept Penfold the snivelling, whiny, useless heap that he was in the original, I'd call that a total win. That'd be a very funny character in a way that female characters are not usually allowed to be. But I suspect they won't.

Ihateregistering1:
Anyway, I'd be curious to see what happens if they feminize Penfold, considering basically all he ever did was panic, be a coward, get kidnapped, and then need to be rescued by Danger Mouse, so I imagine many people would lose their shit if that character was female.

octafish:
Could DM shush a Femfold as dismissively? I don't want a non-shushing DM.

Yeah, exactly these. The contemporary school of thought for writing female characters in kid's fiction/shows seems to be to make them strong, empowered, sassy women who emphatically "don't need no man", as a way of "correcting" historical gender stereotypes and avoiding giving offence. The problem is that this provides a very narrow range of roles these female characters can fit into, and the bumbling and most definitely subordinate Penfold is a role that would have "problematic" written all over it - we cant have a woman be a figure of fun, because it'd give the impression that women in general are laughable; we can't have an incompetent female character because it'd give the impression that all women are incompetent. The only avenue left would be to have a female sidekick who's inexplicably either more capable or intelligent than the male hero, and that's becoming a trope in itself.

A well-written female Penfold who wasn't gratuitously given the Girl Power treatment? That I'd be in favour of.

Also, Femfold is a brilliant name, even if it sounds vaguely pornographic.

I'm all for this. I'm sure it's mostly due to me growing up watching this show when I was but a wee tot. I watched when I lived in England from the late 70's to the early 80's and was super excited when I found it on Nick when we moved back to the States.

I don't understand why anyone would be up in arms over this. Surely even die-hard fans (they exist?) can just see this as AU to the original and move on... or is that a fanfiction trait...? ;)

Batou667:
The only avenue left would be to have a female sidekick who's inexplicably either more capable or intelligent than the male hero, and that's becoming a trope in itself.

The further problem with that is then it's not really the Danger Mouse characters any more. They don't need to be carbon copies of the previous incarnations, but if they're going to do a complete 180 degree character reversal, then why even reboot the show? Why not just make a new show?

 

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