Four New Netflix Original Animated Series Aimed at Preschool and School-Aged Kids
Today, Netflix announced 4 new animated shows for kids. Two of the programs are aimed at the preschool segment. They are Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia and Puffin Rock. The remaining two programs are aimed at the school-age segment. They are Kulipari: An Army of Frogs and Edgar Rice Burroughs™ Tarzan and Jane™. Puffin Rock is set to air on September 1, 2015 with the remaining 3 shows to begin airing in 2016. Based on what we’ve been told, Luna Petunia and Kulipari appear to be the most creative and original of the 4 shows. I look forward to seeing at least one episode of each Netflix original animated series, probably more of Kulipari, over the next year.[envira-gallery id=”3062″]Per the Netflix press release: “A new animated preschool series, Puffin Rock is set on a beautiful island off the coast of Ireland. Oona is a charismatic and plucky young puffling, who along with her ever-curious little brother Baba, explores the diverse array of sea, sky, land and underground creatures. The series introduces a combination of preschool themes and soft natural history learnings to young viewers. Acclaimed actor Chris O’Dowd narrates the English language version, with a diverse group of international talent narrating in other languages across the globe. Penguin Random House Children’s, Dog Ears, and twice-Oscar-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon partnered on the 13-episode season, which will premiere exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Benelux, France and Germany this September, and in all other Netflix markets at a later date.” Watch the trailer here.
Per the Netflix press release: “From Saban Brands and Cirque du Soleil Media comes Luna Petunia, a new preschool series. Inspired by Cirque du Soleil’s unique brand of innovation and creativity, the animated series will chronicle the adventures of Luna Petunia, a girl who lives in our world but plays in a dreamland where she learns how to make the impossible possible. The first season of 11 episodes will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix, kicking off a franchise roll-out that will include a consumer products line, interactive digital content and a potential live tour.”[envira-gallery id=”3078″]Per the Netflix Press Release: “From 41 Entertainment, Executive Producer Avi Arad (Arad Animation) and with animation from ARC Productions comes a new kids series based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ collection of stories about his iconic characters, Tarzan and Jane. In this modern-day remake, 16 year old Tarzan returns from the African jungle to a London boarding school where he is a fish-out-of-water and challenges conformity. There he meets Jane, Tarzan’s ultimate partner, who helps him solve environmental injustice, crimes and mysteries. The eight episode season will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix during the second half of 2016.”
Per the Netflix Press Release: “Kulipari: An Army of Frogs, is based on a trilogy of books created by American football star, Trevor Pryce, and is inspired by his childhood fear of frogs. A story about bravery and heroism, this animated series targets grade school boys and follows poisonous frogs, scorpions and spiders who must go to war to ensure their power – and the survival of their entire world. The story of Kulipari inspires belief in oneself, one’s abilities, and the power of true friendship – even when odds are stacked against you. The 13 episode season, produced by Splash Entertainment and Outlook Company, will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2016.”
If this news wasn’t enough, Netflix also announced 3 more shows, not Netflix Originals, for this year. “In addition to the new original titles, Netflix is also adding three new first-run exclusive series for kids to enjoy. The award-winning Russian phenomenon, Masha and the Bear, will premiere this August in the United States. This month, Canadian animation company Nelvana Studios introduces The Day My Butt Went Psycho to grade-school kids in the U.S., UK, and Mexico. And Elias, the little rescue boat from the popular Norwegian preschool series of the same name, is now streaming exclusively on Netflix in U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.”
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