Netflix announced today it will premiere four new animated shows, adding to its award-winning line-up of original television series for kids. The shows range from action adventure stories “Kulipari: An Army of Frogs” and “Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane” to preschool shows “Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia” and “Puffin Rock.” Each show will launch all of its episodes at the same time around the world, for all members to enjoy.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with such a diverse group of creative talent on these new Netflix series for kids,” says Erik Barmack, Netflix VP of Global Independent Content. “The flexibility of our platform allows us to continually bring the best TV shows from around the world to our members, and these titles compliment and extend what we currently offer – particularly for preschoolers and grade school adventure fans.”
“Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia” – Fall 2016
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.
“Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane” – 2016
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.
“Kulipari: An Army of Frogs” – 2016
“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.
“Puffin Rock” – September 1, 2015
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 trailer: http://nflx.it/puffinrock
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.