Half term cheer for BEANO fans! Beano Studios has announced the first theatrical release of Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! distributed by Generation Media – including a sneak peek at an as yet unaired episode.
Six hand-picked episodes of “Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! On The Big Screen” will be screened across the UK and Ireland during the October half term 2020.
The project should prove a welcome boost for cinemas still open, with many sadly closing their doors as the film industry struggles to survive the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Many cinemas had re-opened over the summer when restrictions were eased after the first lockdown. With new major film releases either pushed back or moved straight to digital premiere, several UK cinema chains announced plans to either close temporarily, or scale back operations for the foreseeable future.
However, although Cineworld and Picturehouse are closing completely, the Odeon chain is has just reduced opening times in some locations.
The Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! episodes will air back to back in a 70-minute long screening, which will also include bespoke interstitials featuring jokes and songs to get kids laughing and singing along in between episodes.
Join Dennis & Gnasher along with his fearless friends Rubi, JJ, Pieface and his pet potato Paul as they get up to their own hilarious brand of mischief and mayhem in specially chosen episodes – including the season opener, “Beat the Bus”, plus “Bathmaggedon”,“P Factor”, “Spud-U-Love”, “Things Get Chilli”, “Molar Power” and a sneak peek at the as yet unaired episode, “Thumb Wars”.
Vanessa Andreis, Director of Franchise Planning and Partnerships at Beano Studios said: “We’re very excited that our much-loved Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! Season 2 will be heading to cinemas across the UK and giving kids their first cinematic experience with their favourite Beano characters.
“Bringing Dennis & Gnasher’s adventures to the big screen will not only promise a blamtastic’ day out for families, but also introduce a new generation to the wonders of big screen entertainment.”
Greta Bisetto-Donelan, Director of Content at Generation Entertainment said: “We are incredibly proud to be working with Beano Studios and some of the top exhibitors in the market, to bring such an iconic brand to the big screen.
“As we continue to expand our content distribution capabilities, cinema remains one of our key priorities. This is where our clients can showcase their brands and content, in a quality environment, to an engaged audience.”
Based on the popular long-running strip in the weekly BEANO comic, the critically acclaimed Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! received nominations from the British Animation Awards, Kidscreen and an International Kids Emmy. The show’s second season premiered on CBBC in July, and screening on Beano.com, with more new episodes premiering this winter.
The show was CBBC’s highest rated animation at launch. In 2018 SO Beano!, a presenter-led entertainment show inspired by the hottest trends and most loved content on Beano.com, launched on Sky Kids.
If you’re enjoying Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! on the small screen, then this big screen outing should prove an even bigger treat. Check with your local cinema for more information now!
“Beat the Bus” – Season 2 Episode 1
New teacher Miss Mistry is taking Class 3C on a trip to Flumes o’ Doom theme park. If anyone is a nano-second late, the bus leaves without them. Walter pulls out all the stops to make Dennis late for the bus.
“P Factor” – Season 2 Episode 2
Pieface is secretly doing underpants laundry chores for Walter, hoping to help Dennis save up some cash. He urges the gang to audition for a replacement Pieface to make up for his mysterious absence.
“Bathmaggedon” – Season 2 Episode 3
It’s time for Gnasher’s annual bath, but the stinky hound will do anything to avoid the tub. Dennis and Gnasher go head to head in a town-wide game of cat and mouse – or rather, tripe hound and wheelie bathtub.
“Molar Power” – Season 2 Episode 6
Doctor Pfooflepfeffer covets the world-beating power of Gnasher’s indestructible teeth and will stop at nothing to get her hands on one of those doggy dental marvels.
“Things Get Chilli” – Season 2 Episode 8
With Paul on vacation, Pieface falls under the influence of a fiery chilli pepper and unexpectedly turns into a tough guy.
“Spud-U-Love” – Season 2 Episode 9
Paul the Potato is love-struck by the poster-girl potato advertising WilburCorp’s new line of super-posh chips.
Get a sneak peek at this as yet unaired episode on TV!
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.