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« on: Mar 20, 2008 06:54 PM »


Not sure what to make of this: a new animated series of The Famous Five - except they're the children of THE famous five with an "updated 21st Century look"...hmm I don't think the famous five need updating  Huh?  From the video, they have a malibu barbie, an indian tomboy and other assorted ScoobyDoo-esque characters. Me not like!..So far anyway...I think they should have stuck to the originals and the original stories. The best Famous Five series so far are the 1995 ones IMO.

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Famous Five return for TV series
   

Enid Blyton's Famous Five are returning to TV screens in a new animated series - with an updated 21st Century look.

Famous Five: On the Case features the children of the original ginger beer-loving adventurers - and their dog, Timmy.

But the Famous Five's offspring are now multicultural; their enemies include a DVD bootlegger and they sport modern gadgets like iPods and mobile phones.

The new series launches on 5 May on the Disney Channel.

The first Famous Five book, Five on a Treasure Island, was published in 1942 and the series is considered a children's classic.

Contemporary twist

Producers say the animated tales remain faithful to the themes of storytelling, mystery and adventure central to the original books but add a contemporary twist.

They feature 12-year-old Anglo-Indian Jo, short for Jyoti - a Hindu world meaning light - who, like her mother George, is a tomboy and the group's team leader.

Other characters include Allie, a 12-year-old Californian "shopaholic" who enjoys going out and getting "glammed up" but is packed off to the British countryside to live with her cousins.

Her mother was Anne in the Famous Five, a reluctant adventurer who has now become a successful art dealer.

The team is completed by adventure junkie Max, who is 13-year-old Julian's son; Dylan, the 11-year-old son of Dick, and dog Timmy.

The animated series was given the seal of approval by Blyton's eldest daughter, Gillian Baverstock, before she died at the age of 76 last year.

"We tried to imagine where the original Famous Five would go in their lives," Jeff Norton from Chorion, which owns the rights to Blyton's books, told the Press Association.

"Because George was such an intrepid explorer in the original novels we thought it would be only natural that she travelled to India, to the Himalayas, where she fell in love with Ravvi. That's the back story (to Jo).

"We spoke to Enid Blyton's daughter and she thought her mother would love what we have done," he added.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7306752.stm

BTW, doesn't this sound so weird?
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Max, who is 13-year-old Julian's son


What's happened to the editors at the BBC?
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 20, 2008 07:54 PM »

LOL this sounds soo funny!! i can't believe they're actually gonna do a tv series for this!
I mean why don't they just keep the original characters???
I'm definitly not gonna watch this!

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 20, 2008 10:21 PM »

hmmm... this sounds a bit weird. Roll Eyes


"We spoke to Enid Blyton's daughter and she thought her mother would love what we have done," he added.[/color]

Having read all her famous five books, , I somehow don't believe that Enid Blyton would have loved this.  oldshaykh 
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 21, 2008 09:12 AM »

its like when they made a nancy drew movie, it totally destroyed the classic version of the book
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 23, 2008 12:01 PM »


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its like when they made a nancy drew movie, it totally destroyed the classic version of the book

The only adaptations I've liked so far have been P&P, N&S, Bleak House, Lord of the Rings and the 1995 Famous Five series. But I've yet to find one that I've absolutely loved and thought "Wow, they've done a brilliant job" because they always have to change something or other or there's a scene or character they haven't managed to get right. Nothing beats the books.

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