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6 Animated classics that need prequels (& what we’d want to see)


Arriving on Virgin Movies this week, Top Cat Begins is the latest cartoon from your childhood to be updated for a whole new generation of young’uns.

Yet while it modernises the animation with a sheen of colourful, shiny CGI, it’s far from a bog-standard reboot; instead, fans young and old get to see where it all began, and how everyone’s favourite Alley Cat met his friends, and became the cat we know and love today.

But why stop at Top Cat? Join us as we run through some genius/completely insane ideas for how we can reinvent other animated classics for a whole new fanbase. Things are about to get weird.

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He-Man: The College Years

Meanwhile, at Eternia High…

Meanwhile, at Eternia High…

When Prince Adam raises his power sword and proclaims “By the power of Grayskull” he turns into the henchest superhero around, the muscle-tactic embodiment of clothes-allergic masculinity, He-Man.

But what was Adam (and by extension, He-Man) like as a teen? Imagine having all that power when you were a young, responsibility-free, immature idiot. He-Teen would’ve been such a plonker.

This R-rated comedy would follow Adam’s nerdy attempts to fit into his new university dorm; and the hilarious escapades that would unfurl when his bro-tastic, and hyper-confident alter ego He-Teen is unleashed. Both will learn the importance of finding themselves - and kick a few Skeletal asses along the way.


Inspector Gadget: The Beginning

Go, go Gadget out of there

Go, go Gadget out of there

While the original cartoon ran for three years and almost 90 episodes, it never explained quite why Inspector Gadget became the dim-witted cyborg we know today. Sure, explanations were eventually suggested in the form of the 1999 movie and, weirdly, an official 1991 trading card which revealed that Gadget was an ‘ordinary police inspector’ called John Brown who fell down a flight of stairs after slipping on a banana peel and awoke to find over 10,000 gadgets attached to him.

But we’d love to spin things a little differently. How about an intense crime noir with a tragic twist? A family man with a successful career as a private eye, his nemesis Claw attacks Gadget after a bust gone wrong disfigures Claw’s face horribly (hence why we never saw it in the cartoon). In retaliation, Claw murders Gadget’s wife and attacks his…. daughter. Yep, ‘niece’ Penny is actually Gadget’s child, but - after he almost dies, undergoes experimental surgery to bring him back from the edge and suffers amnesia as a result (RoboCop? Never heard of ‘im), she’s too heartbroken to tell him the real story.


Moomins: An Unexpected Journey

“I only want to live in peace and plant potatoes and dream”

“I only want to live in peace and plant potatoes and dream”

Everyone’s favourite Swedish-Finnish mouthless, enormo-nosed cuddly animal-blob-things have been around since 1945 (and are still going strong in the Scandis), but little is known about their origins, or what happened BEFORE they arrived in the peaceful Moominvalley.

Surely, there’s more than enough leverage to re-imagine their backstory as a Hobbit-esque quest in which they had to escape a war-torn magical land overrun by villainy, in a bid to find a peaceful future.

The adventures of a pre-parental Moominpappa and Moominmamma could be the stuff of fantasy epic dreams.


Bagpuss Begins

“It’s the flashbacks, man”

“It’s the flashbacks, man”

Creator Peter Firmin originally intended for Bagpuss to be a retired Indian Army cat who entertained children in hospital by telling stories using the thought bubbles that would become the show and character’s trademark.

It’s a backstory that is rife with potential for a war-drama in which a then pre-saggy, pre-baggy and pre-tattered Bagpuss acted as the wingman and confidante of a courageous war hero who fought his way across India. War Horse, but with a pink cat. Because just one look at Bagpuss’ eyes, and you know that is a cat that has SEEN some things. 


Scooby Doo: First Class

“C’mon gang, we’ve got a mystery to solve!”

“C’mon gang, we’ve got a mystery to solve!”

By the time we get to know the Scooby gang, their travelling mystery-solving outfit ‘Mystery Incorporated’ is well-established. But how did they become so good at solving ghostly mysteries? And just how did Scooby learn to speak English?!

Imagine an X-Men-esque school for aspiring paranormal detectives, a plot-twist nefarious headteacher (Evil Xavier FTW), his pet dog and an array of nefarious experiments that need to be uncovered for Shaggy and co to save the day.


Rise of the Rugrats

On second thoughts, a whole saga set in utero isn’t going to be the most compelling of adventures, is it?