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Dennis the Menace and Gnasher

Also known as
Genre Comedy
Children
Format Cartoon
Created by Carol Noble
Caimh McDonnell
Developed by
Producer(s) Donna Andrews
Jane Schneider
Sueann Smith
Stu Connolly
Executive Producer(s) Donna Andrews
Ken Anderson
Tim Brooke-Hunt
Ben Gray
Jo Rooney
Running time 11 minutes
Written by
Directed by Glenn Kirkpatrick
Company(s) Collingwood & Co.
Beano Productions
Red Kite Animation
Sticky Pictures
Distributed by
Creative
Presented by
Starring Series 1:
Sophie Aldred
Teresa Gallagher
Jo Wyatt
Rob Rackstraw
Bob Golding
Nicky Jones
Series 2:
Chris Johnson
Natif Ahmed
Morwenna Banks
Rasmus Hardiker
Judges
Voices of
Narrated by
Editor(s)
Theme music composer Iain Cook
Opening theme "Unstoppable"
Ending theme "Unstoppable" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Iain Cook
Country of origin Australia
United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Original Channel CBBC Channel (UK)
Nine Network
GO! (2013/14)
ABC3 (Australia)
Hub Network (USA)
Disney XD (India)
CBBC HD (UK) (10 December 2013-20 December 2013)
Picture Format 576i (SDTV)
Audio Format Stereo
No. of seasons
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 102
Original run 7 September 2009 - 20 December 2013
Preceded by Dennis the Menace and Gnasher (1996)
Followed by Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!

Dennis and Gnasher is a Australian/British animated television series currently being aired on CBBC Channel. Based on the original comic strips from The Beano, it features the adventures of the rebellious schoolboy Dennis the Menace and his dog Gnasher. The programme is aimed for ages 6–12 and commenced on 7 September 2009 and ended on 2 March 2010 after 52 episodes. A second series started at 3:45pm on 8 July 2013 on the CBBC Channel. It was preceded by Dennis and Gnasher which aired in 1996 and a new series in 1998.

ProductionEdit

The new series features the return of Dennis, Gnasher, Mum, Dad, Curly and Pie-Face and also features the introduction of Dennis' little sister Bea, as well as several original characters like Athena. The production shots also showed Dennis' treehouse with a more menacing design. Screenshots and an episode can be found at the production company Red Kite Animation's website.

Images of the characters and production were featured in The Beano's 70 year anniversary.

The show was a co-production between Red Kite Animation in Scotland and Sticky Pictures in Australia. Consisting of 52 11-minute segments, the animation is directed by Glenn Kirkpatrick with Executive Producers Donna Andrews (Sticky Pictures) and Ken Anderson (Red Kite) and producers Jane Schneider (Sticky Pictures) and Sueann Smith (Red Kite). Jane O'Brien, Sarah Aubrey, Jimmy Hibbert and Keith Scott are confirmed to be voice actors for the series.

ChangesEdit

A number of changes have been made to the original format compared to the comics and previous television series. As well as being updated and modernised, Dennis lost his catapult and peashooter and will no longer deliberately cause trouble, In addition Walter, Dennis's main rival, was made more masculine, removing elements like his pink pyjamas, a small poodle, effeminate voice and his friends being mainly girls. There were fears that Dennis could be seen as homophobic or at the least bullying Walter about his effeminacy, sparking fears and criticism that the show has been toned down for reasons of political correctness. However the producers have stated that "Dennis will not lose his sense of fun."

Cartoonist Lew Stringer has refuted on his blog the political correctness claims made by some areas of the media, especially the reports that Dennis will no longer use catapults and Gnasher will no longer bite people. Describing these claims as "another 'political correctness gone mad' myth embellished by the media", he has posted videos showing that the show has not been softened up to the extent that the media has reported.

Despite, or possibly because, of these changes, the show was received positively by the mainstream audience and a small number of professional critics, and the show was a ratings winner on the CBBC Channel at launch.

For the production of series 2 it was decided that the series would change yet again. 'The Menace' returned to the title 'Dennis the Menace and Gnasher' and his personality change slightly in tribute to the classic comics. The designs of Dennis' parents also changed to match up to the weekly Beano comic. The style of animation was also adjusted. Pie Face and Walter's voice actors have also been changed. He also got his catapult and peashooter back and uses them directly at them.

DVD releasesEdit

4 volumes of DVDs have been released so far, which include Double Trouble, School Rules?, Highly Over-rated! Fangs for the Memories and Masters of Mayhem for Series 3, with currently one volume, Come Menace With Me, for Series 4.

The Diary of Dennis the MenaceEdit

On 6 February 2014, a book called The Diary of Dennis the Menace was released to celebrate The Beano's 75 Anniversary. The second book Beanotown Battle was released on 1 May. The third book Rollercoaster Riot will be released on 7 August 2014. Steven Butler wrote the books. Butler also released audio books for the first two titles.

International BroadcastEdit

The show began airing on The Hub in the United States on the same day the network launched on 10 October 2010. It ended airing on December 10, 2013. The programme also airs in Australia on Channel Nine and later on ABC3. The programme also began airing on Disney XD in India. It started airing on Disney Channel Asia on 14 May 2011.

Episode listEdit

Main article: List of Dennis the Menace and Gnasher (2009) episodes

CharactersEdit

Main article: List of Dennis the Menace and Gnasher (2009) characters

60 Second DennisEdit

35 shorts were also made and air on CBBC. 60 Second Dennis is also the name of a former strip in The Beano.

  • Time Machine
  • Dogs Dinner
  • Costume Drama
  • Fore
  • Machine Menace Mayhem
  • Pie Face Off
  • Wax Work Dummy
  • Dry As A Bone
  • Ice Cream Mogul
  • Prank N Karma
  • Yard Sale
  • What Goes Up... Stays
  • Simply The Best-Befores
  • Pirate Ship
  • Pic-Nicked
  • Letter Me Entertain You
  • Flea-ing The Scene
  • Pie in the Sky
  • Beahave
  • Dog Duty
  • Off the Cuff
  • Bungee Ball
  • Radiation Inspector
  • Ultra Stinkbomb
  • Runaway Skateboard
  • Green Paws
  • Lilo Race
  • Ultimate Water Balloon
  • Under Pressure
  • The Usual Suspect
  • Piggy Bank
  • Tough Crowd
  • Street Crew Dennis
  • Jumbo Waterbomb
  • Archaeologist

Home mediaEdit

5 DVDs have been released and all of series 2 is avaliable to stream on Netflix.

DVD releasesEdit

DVD title Series(s) Aspect ratio Episode count Total running time Release date(s)
Double Trouble 1 16:9 6 60 minutes 8 March 2010
School Rules? Highly Over-rated! 1 16:9 6 60 minutes 16 August 2010
Fangs For the Memories 1 16:9 8 80 minutes 4 October 2010
Masters of Mayhem 1 16:9 6 66 minutes 28 February 2011
Come Menace With Me 2 16:9 6 60 minutes 10 February 2014

External linksEdit

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