Creator Mike Young has revealed that a reboot of the much-loved eighties children’s cartoon, which was initially written in Welsh before being translated into English, is likely to be in production at some point this year.
‘I got my start in Wales with SuperTed, the first ever show sold to Disney by an outside company, which we hope will be back in production this year, as well as finding and developing the iconic Fireman Sam in Wales,’ he told Wales Online.
The animated BBC series, which was based on a book, ran from 1983 to 1985 and centred around a teddy bear who was thrown away ‘like a piece of rubbish’ at a toy factory for being less than perfect, before being brought to life by an alien named Spotty and eventually given special powers by ‘Mother Nature’.
Fans will remember that its main characters (other than SuperTed and Spotty) included evil cowboy Texas Pete, a cowardly skeleton and a rather stupid overweight main named Bulk.
But the animator, now 70, has previously made it clear that the new episodes will be undergoing a significant face-lift to fit with modern audiences.
‘In SuperTed we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight,’ he told Radio Times back in 2014.
‘And all these things you just wouldn’t do today.’
Derek Griffiths and Melvyn Hayes, who voiced the characters of SuperTed and the skeleton respectively, are likely to be asked to reprise the roles.
However Roy Kinnear (Bulk) died in 1988 and Victor Spinetti (Texas Pete) passed away in 2012, while Jon Pertwee, who voiced Spotty, died in 1996.
Meanwhile eighties cartoon Danger Mouse, which used the voice of actor Sir David Jason, is also being revived.