Dennis The Menace turns soft after makeover

The Beano bully has been toned down for new CBBC series

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Favourite mischievous cartoon character, Dennis The Menace, has been stripped of his catapult, water pistol and peashooter to become less menacing in a politically correct makeover for his new CBBC series.

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Gone are the days of terrorising his goody-too-shoes enemy, Walter The Softy, and in come tamer scrapes including dreaming of turning his dog, Gnasher, into a cleaning device.

It isn’t just his weapons of naughtiness that have made the cutting room floor – his heavy brow has been redrawn with a finer, less defined scowl in a bid to make him look less…menacing! Even Gnasher hasn’t escaped the claws of the ‘re-imagined’ makeover either, with his cheeky, toothy grin being turned into a friendly smile to go with his newfound cheerful temperament.

Launched as a comic strip character in 1951, dastardly Dennis has gained many fans over the years and attracted 1 million members on its fan club, which was set up in 1976 until 1998 when The Beano Club was introduced.

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