I realize that this is low on WB's list of priorities, but it'd be a nice idea once in a while to throw a bone to older fans. Two of Hanna-Barbera's comedy heroes mark their 50th anniversaries this year. For right now, we'll focus on Secret Squirrel.
I was but a toddler when Secret and his BFF, Morocco Mole, debuted on NBC in 1965, and didn't really catch up until the reruns aired as part of the Banana Splits syndicated package more than a decade later. It wasn't enough that NBC was home to another 1st year spy spoof, Get Smart, and that another, slightly more serious series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., was in its 2nd year. The network felt they needed something the kiddo's could relate to.
As it happened, Secret lasted two seasons, with the 2nd all reruns. Nearly 30 years later, the series was revived as Super Secret Secret Squirrel, a backup feature on the syndicated 2 Stupid Dogs. This also lasted two years, but was set in an all-animal world where Secret & Morocco no longer answered to a human boss. Too, their arch-foe, Yellow Pinkie, was transformed into something called Goldflipper. It's not that hard to make the connection, really.
The upshot to the remake was the addition of a female squirrel, Penny, who graduated from secretary to field agent during the course of the series. And, dear friends, is where we start considering a 50th anniversary for Secret.
I get what they were trying to convey from 1993-5, that Secret no longer needed to be interacting with humans. However, more people are apt to remember the original series than the remake. Sure, the writing was inconsistent at times in both cases, as the writers would fall off the track. However, if we were able to put together a movie that would recognize the history and pay homage to Secret at the same time, whilst allowing an opportunity to, ah, pass the torch, giving Penny all the weapons, plus the trenchcoat and hat-mask, it would reintroduce the cast to a new audience.
Warner Bros. is simply reluctant to reach into the H-B library to revive anyone not named Jetson, Flintstone, or, of course, Scooby-Doo. With Secret Squirrel, you have a story waiting to be written. Secret retires, Penny assumes his code ID, we learn something about the Pinkie/Goldflipper connection, and, perhaps, something else entirely regarding Secret & Penny.
Archie Comics used the 30th anniversary to have Secret team with Atom Ant in a 1-shot adventure. The ball's been in WB's court for a while, so what are they waiting for? Let me suggest, then, that when the next James Bond movie comes out in about a year or so, Secret should return. Period.
To refresh your memory, here's the intro to the original series:
What do you think?