Classic British comic character Dennis the Menace (who first appeared in The Beano in 1951) will transition to CGI in Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed, which will air on CBBC in 2017.
This isn’t the first Dennis the Menace TV series. The first was a puppet series which aired on The Children’s Channel in the mid-90s, titled The Beano’s Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Show. Then there was simply Dennis the Menace, which changed its name to Dennis & Gnasher for the second series. This aired on the BBC from 1996 until 1998. The latest series was also called Dennis & Gnasher, which changed its name to Dennis the Menace & Gnasher for its second series. This aired on CBBC from 2009 until 2013, repeats are currently shown. Dennis also appeared in two direct-to-dvd Beano movies in the mid-90s, The Beano All-Stars and The Beano Videostars.
Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed will consist of 51 11-minute episodes produced by Beano Studios, the series will see Dennis “aged up a bit”.
Emma Scott, chief executive of Beano Studios said, “We’re thrilled to be working with CBBC on the new series, which will see us bring Dennis to life and bang up to date in CGI for the next generation of Beano fans.”
Cheryl Taylor, controller of CBBC said, “Dennis and Gnasher have been unleashing their own particular brand of mischief on CBBC for many years and their ardent fans will be delighted by this wonderful new series from two of the UK’s most notorious rascals.”
It is currently unknown who will voice Dennis, he was last voiced by former CBBC presenter Chris Johnson. Johnson currently also voices Dennis in promotional material, so he seem like the most likely at this point. However, with Dennis being older, they may want someone else to voice him.
The quality of the animation looks supriringly good. Dennis’ clothes and hair look especially detailed. Dennis definitely looks older in the photo, with his hair resembling an anime character. There was also a photo of Dennis and Gnasher (below), Gnasher looks very cartoony. But I will need to see a side photo of him before I make my mind up. However, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed looks to be another great Dennis animated series with some top quality animation.