Everybody asks "WHERE is Carmen Sandiego?", but nobody asks "WHO is Carmen Sandiego?" The iconic woman in red returns for new international capers and a peek into her past. Featuring Gina Rodriguez as Carmen and Finn Wolfhard as Player, Carmen Sandiego infiltrates Netflix on January 18!
Today, we have a first look at the newly rebooted Carmen Sandiego, which is one of Netflix's first big animated TV releases for 2019, arriving in just a few weeks. The big deal with the first look footage is that Carmen Sandiego is being presented as a hero, which has taken many fans by surprise.
Netflix has been really turning up the knob on innovation recently. There are getting more and more creative with their programming, making it as interactive as possible. Just before the new year, the popular streaming service released the first-ever Black Mirror movie, which also marked their first-ever fully-interactive film experience, with the choose-your-own-adventure style thriller Bandersnatch. They also unleashed their unconventional conceptual horror phenomenon Bird Box. Now comes the weirdest turn yet.
When Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? first debuted in the early 1990s, it arrived as a piece of educational programing meant to entertain children while also teaching them geography. The story centered around a world-class antiquities thief who was responsible for stealing priceless works of art and other important artifacts.
The main character of Carmen Sandiego was always looked at as the villain, as well as being a fashion icon of the time. Now, Netflix is reviving Carmen, albeit with a big twist. She'll now be a hero.
Some recent reboots, such as Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, have taken family friendly childhood franchises and turned them pitch black, with tales of murder and Satanism. Luckily, Carmen Sandiego is not going that route. It will definitely be aimed at children, and instead of presenting the thief as a bad guy, she will be more along the lines of Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.
It's refreshing to see that Carmen SanDiego won't be a dark, gritty reboot of a beloved childhood icon. But it's not quite clear yet how longtime fans will take to this new version of the classic show. Netflix is also reportedly working on a live-action version of Carmen Sandiego with Gina Rodriguez in the lead. Perhaps that version will be a little more on the dank and murder side. This first look at the new Carmen Sandiego animated series comes direct from Netflix streaming Youtube Channel. They have not announced if the animated series will be getting the interactive treatment with choose-your-own-style adventures yet or not. But it worked for Puss n Boots and Minecraft, so why not?