If you were alive in the 1980s you may have watched a little show on the ABC as part of your afternoon viewing called Monkey aka Monkey Magic so you may be suitably hyped to know it’s coming back.
News dropped this afternoon that the ABC, Netflix and TVNZ are teaming up to produce a new Monkey series which will be available worldwide next year titled, ‘The Legend of Monkey’.
The original series was dubbed Kung Fu gold following the ‘Irrepressible’ Monkey (the Monkey God) who was freed from being trapped eternal to accompany the boy priest (who was played by a girl in the series) Tripitaka to deliver scrolls to India. Along the way, they pick up additional travelling companions in Pigsy a Pig God, Sandy a Water Spirit and the Horse (who later in the series could transform too).
Every episode followed classic 80s afterschool viewing format with a self-contained tale, a kung fu fighting sequence and a moral at the end. There was even scale models occasionally as Monkey rode his cloud across the sky. If you have never seen it before the DVD Boxset are available online for you to watch all 52 episodes in it’s dubbed glory.
The new series, Legend of Monkey is being produced and developed as a 10-part half-hour series following ‘a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to a demonic reign ofchaos and restore balance to their world’.
Currently in development to be shot in New Zealand (around Auckland) with a mixture of scenery and purpose built sets, the new series is definitely being aimed for a slightly younger demographic as suggested by Netflix head of Global Kids Content when speaking about the new show.
The new series has a release target for 2018 to be distributed by the ABC in Australia, NZTV in New Zealand and Netflix worldwide.
We can only hope the new theme song will be just as awesome.