Noddy is returning to TV screens next year in a new look series called Noddy, Toyland Detective.
The new series will debut in spring 2016 on France Télévisions’ France 5 with 52 new 11-minute episodes.
The new CG-animated series is produced by Gaumont Animation in association with DreamWorks Animation Television and in partnership with France Télévisions.
The show will see his iconic car return alongside Big Ears and Bumpy and through Noddy’s new role as Toyland Detective, he’ll show children how to investigate their world and make their own discoveries as he looks for clues to mysteries in each episode.
“We are very proud and excited to launch this brand new Noddy, a promise of engagement for our preschool audience,” said Tiphaine de Raguenel, head of youth programmes for France Télévisions.
“This new series is a specific programme with original codes and goals, such as rituals, a kid-friendly signature language and core values.”
Pierre Belaisch, CEO of Gaumont Animation, added: “The production of this new Noddy series is an amazing experience. It is always a very exciting challenge to work on such a property, bringing fresh new elements, but without losing the essence of it.
"Besides, France Télévisions and DreamWorks Animation Television are great partners on this, always making things move forward.”
Margie Cohn, head of television for DreamWorks Animation, said: “A whole new generation of children gets to meet Noddy and join him on adventures across Toyland.
“Our new series retains everything that made Noddy the global phenomenon he is today, with exciting updates that will encourage a whole new group of fans to become natural investigators of their own world.”
The series marks the first time in Noddy’s TV history that his car, named Revs, will come alive with his own unique personality.
Gaumont Animation will distribute the series in France and French-speaking Europe.
DreamWorks Animation owns Noddy and retains additional global distribution rights and manages licensing and merchandising for the property.