06th Dec2014

Ten Best: Spies in Children’s TV and Film

by Phil Wheat

With the arrival of Penguins of Madagascar, in cinemas now, it is time to take a look at the best spies in children’s television and film. Although few can compare to the epic military style of the Penguins, some meet the challenge and are always ready to save the world. However, few have to face the evil that is the wicked octopus, Dr. Octavius Brine. Are the Penguins up to this new challenge? Go and watch Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private in action in cinemas now to find out…

The Pink Panther: The Pink Panther


The ever sly, and always recognisable Pink Panther, is one of the best spies in the world. He is always able to sneak in and make sure he accomplishes his mission, which includes making everything pink! When he is not sleuthing, he uses his sly moves to get into hilarious hijacks and antics. But no matter what he can get back to his pink home, mission accomplished.

Alex, Clover, and Sam: Totally Spies


From the Cartoon Network Series, Totally Spies, these fierce female spies work together with their boss, Jerry, to defeat evil wherever it may be. From going to the desert in Egypt to taking off to the moon, Sam, Alex and Clover have been everywhere to save world and they always do it in style. With the flair only a threesome of teenage girls could provide with their user friendly laser lipsticks and grappling hook belts.

Agent Cody Banks: Agent Cody Banks


Trained at summer camp, this special agent is the best kid around. Able to sneak right into a party and still accomplish the mission, Cody is undeniable. He always gets the job done, even with a little help from his friends. Also, he has some of the coolest gadgets! Just don’t eat the Mentos, they tend to explode.

Number 1, Number 2, Number 3, Number 4, and Numbah 5: Code Name Kids Next Door


This infamous 5-some are the kids in charge. In their tree house headquarters they keep watch over the kids of the neighbourhood and make sure the Delightful Children From Down the Lane or any evil adult does not interfere with their fun. Number 1 runs a tight ship, keeping watch over his fellow operatives and ensures every mission is done before the day is done. The Kids Next Door have saved children from nasty pistachio ice-cream and even school, who else would the kids want as their protectors?

Gru: Despicable Me 2


Everyone’s favourite father, Gru, came back as not a super villain, but a super spy! Yes Gru is now on the good side, using his freeze ray to bring sunshine and happiness to not only his new daughters but the entire world. His fierce protective instinct helps him as he rescues his minions and the world from a horrible purple-themed doom!

Inspector Gadget: Inspector Gadget


Travelling around the world to keep it safe and accomplish his mission. Inspector Gadget is always to the rescue! With his spy tools only a “Go-go gadget” away, this is the man we all want to swoop in to save the day. The missions are always top secret, just make sure you throw the brief away quickly, it will self destruct!

Agent Maxwell Smart: Get Smart


Agent Maxwell Smart of CONTROL is one of the best agents in the organisation. Too bad he is so clumsy! He can trip over his own feet and fall up the steps, but no matter what he accomplishes his mission. He might look a little funny with his shoe phone, but Smart always knows what to do, even if he falls into the solution.

Scooby-Doo: Scooby-Doo


This classic character has been updated many times over, but nothing really changes. You know him and his gang is coming with the sound of a “rut-roh” and the shake of a box of Scooby-Snacks. He might not be the best spy, but he is a true detective. Having “helped” unmasked hundreds of villains, Scooby-Doo, without a doubt is a proper spy in his own right. Even if you can hear him running away from a mile away.

Perry the Platypus: Phineas and Ferb


This egg-laying mammal is more than he seems. As the pet of Phineas and Ferb he looks like a normal boring platypus. But when the world needs saving from the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Agent P is ready for action! With his trusty hat, Perry can do anything and makes sure saving the world from Doofenshmirtz evil collection of rays is number 1!

The Penguins of Madagascar: Penguins of Madagascar


The undeniable foursome! With their amazing stealth and impressive military-like operations, these cute and cuddly penguins are everything but cute and cuddly. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private use their skills and the environment around them to solve crime and keep the world safe. What will these brave heroes do next? Check it out in the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar Movie!

Penguins of Madagascar is in UK cinemas now.


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