My brother has just been kind enough to point out a cartoon currently broadcast on the Disney Channel, of which I was blissfully unaware. Famous 5: On the Case is a modern updated version of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books, which I loved when I was growing up. In the new cartoon, the characters are the children of the original Famous Five, who use modern technology like laptops and mobile phones.
My reaction when I saw the Wikipedia article? “No no no no no no no no no! No!” But the trailer on Youtube confirms it:
Famous 5: On the Case trailer.
That’s just horrible and wrong and shouldn’t be allowed. It was bad enough when they remade Thunderbirds as a bunch of kids, and I wasn’t too impressed when they did a modern version of Doctor Dolittle, but this is clearly going too far. Are none of my favourite childhood stories safe?
If they make a crappy Don Camillo film, people will die…