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Cripes! Famous Five had kids of their own

PUBLISHED: 16:29 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 August 2010

CHARACTERS inspired by beloved children s author Enid Blyton are due to appear in a Disney cartoon and given a 21st century twist.

CHARACTERS inspired by beloved children's author Enid Blyton are due to appear in a Disney cartoon and given a 21st century twist.

The show, Famous Five: On The Case will feature the children of the original Famous Five, one of the Beckenham author's best loved book series about the adventures of five youngsters and their dog.

The debut episode is due to be aired on May 10 on the popular Disney Channel but some fans on the Enid Blyton Society website have criticised the concept.

One, called Peppermint Peppy, wrote: "Sorry folks but I am very annoyed regarding this new series. Not that I am opposed to new ideas but in my opinion this series seems to be a botch job and as useful as a hole in a head!"

Instead of traditional penknives and string which the original characters used to entrap villains, the more "sassy" offspring will use technological trinkets such as iPods and laptops.

Tony Summerfield of the Enid Blyton Society said: "It's not Blyton really is it? People are saying it's a modernisation but she actually had no say in the characters at all.

"Her books were wonderfully well written and imaginative.

"We could not have blocked this series from happening because Chorian publishers own all the rights to her books.

"I expect they are hoping the cartoons will help them to sell more books. I am not a fan of cartoons but if the series encourages children to read the new books it will be a good thing. Time will tell. I'm going to reserve my judgement until I have seen it.

"One has to remember that the cartoon is not aimed at adults. Enid Blyton always said the only criticism she was bothered about was that which came from children."

Mr Summerfield said he expected to watch an episode at some point but not on May 10 as the Society would be holding their annual Enid Blyton day in Berkshire.

Mrs Blyton's books have been attacked by critics who claim they are sexist, out dated and even racist.

It has led to alterations and reprints but her novels remain ever popular, selling around 10 million copies a year.

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