The character Bananaman looks set to return to television, in a new animated series in the US.
Details of a potential home for the show have yet to be revealed, but it could join the company’s recently launched streaming platform, Disney Plus, which is known to be seeking international originals.
First seen in 1980 in the comic Nutty, before going on to be a strip in The Dandy and later Beano, Bananaman parodies superhero characters. The character was created by writers Steve Bright and Dave Donaldson with artist John Geering.
Focusing on Eric Wimp, the cartoons see normal schoolboy schoolboy Eric turn into a superhero whenever he eats a banana.
Between 1983 and 1986, the BBC broadcast a Bananaman cartoon series, which was voiced by The Goodies. The complete 40-part series has previously been released on DVD, and twelve of these episodes are currently available via Amazon Prime Video.
In 2014 a movie was mooted by DC Thomson, the publishers of The Beano, and Elstree Studios. However, the project appears to have stalled.
Michael Thorn from Fox Entertainment told Broadcast they were primarily looking for UK-based writers for the series. He explained: “Given Bananaman‘s relationship with its readers, maybe we will hook a big fish in the UK.”
The new series is being made by Fox Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment, producers of cartoon series Bob’s Burgers,
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