NETFLIX ADDS SEVEN NEW ORIGINAL SERIES FOR OLDER KIDS BRINGING ITS GLOBAL ORIGINAL LINE-UP TO MORE THAN 35 SERIES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
Oct 01, 2015
Beverly Hills, California, 1st October 2015 - After recently announcing a slate of original series for the pre-school audience, Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's leading internet TV network, will add seven new original series for older kids beginning this December. Building on its partnerships with globally respected brands, Netflix will launch all new stories from LEGO®Bionicle® and LEGO® Friends as well as DreamWorks Animation's Dawn of the Croods, a prequel to the popular film featuring the world's first family of comedy The Croods.
Netflix is also broadening its offering for tweens and teens; the live action show Lost & Found Music Studios shows us how the next hit song could be just one heartbreak away, while fans of fast and funny will find the stop-motion, action-comedy of Buddy Thunderstruck right up their alley…or race-obsessed Greasepit in this case. The anime inspired Glitter Force joins the growing portfolio of strong girl characters on Netflix. And finally, Netflix is introducing its first-ever original animated series produced in Latin America. Las Leyendas (The Legends) is based on a successful trilogy of children's films from the Mexican animation studio, Ánima Estudios.
"Roughly half of our 65 million members around the world regularly watch kids content and with the addition of these seven diverse original series we are continuing our strong investment in kids programming," said Andy Yeatman, Director of Global Kids Content for Netflix. "We know kids love Netflix and that's in part because they never really outgrow us. We programme and recommend new TV shows and movies from preschool through their teen years and into adulthood."
Details on each show can be found below:
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One – Q1 2016
The LEGO Group will premiere the Netflix original series, LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One, based on its popular LEGO Bionicle franchise and line of buildable action figures. The new storyline takes place on the mythical island of Okoto, where the forces of darkness are on the move and the evil Makuta is working to cast the world into darkness. The desperate island inhabitants enlist six heroes – called the Toa – to help save their beloved island. Only when the heroes are united, will they be able to battle the forces of evil, defeat Makuta and save Okoto. The four-episode season will be available in all Netflix territories globally in early 2016. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, BIONICLE are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship – Q2 2016
Complementing LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One, will be a new Netflix original series for kids featuring characters from the popular LEGO Friends line of construction toys. LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship will follow the adventures of five best friends – Stephanie, Emma, Olivia, Mia and Andrea – around their hometown Heartlake City. From summer camp to the basketball court, saving their webcast or helping take care of a friend, the zany antics, romances and mishaps are made all the better by having their best friends by their side. The four-episode season will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2016. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, BIONICLE are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.
Buddy Thunderstruck – 2017
From American Greetings Entertainment with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Buddy Thunderstruck is an action-comedy, stop-motion extravaganza that follows the adventures of a semi-truck racing dog named Buddy and his albino ferret mechanic. It all goes down in race-obsessed Greasepit, a place chock full of larger-than-life characters and nitro-burning, gear-slamming, tyre-squealing, fish-tailing good times. Buddy Thunderstruck will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2017 with a 12-episode season.
Las Leyendas – 2017
Las Leyendas (The Legends) will be the first animated Netflix original series to be produced in Latin America and is based on a successful trilogy of children's films from the Mexican animation studio, Ánima Estudios. Set in the 1800s, this whimsical adventure centres on Leo San Juan, a reluctant but heroic teenage boy with the ability to communicate with ghosts and monsters. One day, Leo's home town vanishes into another dimension, prompting Leo to join forces with a phantasmagorical group of misfits in order to defeat Quetzalcoatl, an inter-dimensional entity who has sought to conquer the universe for centuries. Leo and his fantastical friends travel on a magic ship across time to the most famous and mystical places on Earth to fight off the evil forces that threaten the welfare of all. The first season of 13 episodes will premiere exclusively on Netflix, worldwide, in 2017.
Dawn of the Croods – 24th December 2015
Eep, Grug, Thunk, Ugga, Sandy and Gran are back and funnier than ever in this all-new family sitcom. Follow everyone's favourite family as they meet new friends, outrun new creatures and encounter "firsts" the world has never seen – such as school, sleepovers, hiccups and elections. The Croods are discovering them all. Dawn of the Croods will be available exclusively on Netflix in all current territories except Germany and Japan.
Glitter Force – 18th December 2015
When the magical kingdom of Jubiland is invaded by an evil emperor and his band of fairytale villains, a tiny pixie named Candy recruits five pre-teen girls to form the powerful team of the Glitter Force and to help defend Earth from becoming their next target. These fabulous friends transform from ordinary schoolgirls into cool super-powered girls. Defending the Earth from fairy tale villains isn't an easy job, but the Glitter Force proves that nothing is more powerful than friendship. From Saban Brands, the 20-episode season will premiere worldwide, excluding Asia, exclusively on Netflix on 18th December 2015.
Lost & Found Music Studios – Q1 2016
From Temple Street Productions, Lost & Found Music Studios is a series about a group of talented teenage musicians who struggle to find their authentic sound and place in the world as they hone their craft at a prestigious music studio. In each episode, young artists navigate the ups and downs of the music industry, as they find their way to love, inspiration and redemption. After all, the next hit song could be just one heartbreak away. Lost & Found Music Studios will premiere exclusively on Netflix worldwide, outside Canada, the UK and Ireland, with 26 half-hour episodes in 2016.
About the Netflix Offering for Kids
Netflix has a dedicated section for kids featuring dozens of original series for kids as well as TV programmes and films from great partners such as PBS, Disney Channel, DreamWorks Animation, Mattel, Hasbro, Scholastic and Lego, all in a commercial free environment. The dedicated section for kids is available across a broad range of devices including PCs and Macs, iPads, game consoles, streaming devices and smart TVs. Members are provided a Kids profile upon sign up and can customise additional profiles for their children. The kids experience features a character bar where you can find a deep selection of great TV programmes and films featuring that character. Kids, parents and caregivers will also be able to scan through row after row of films and TV programmes organised by easy-to-understand genres like superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power, featuring clear and simple descriptions of each title.
Netflix is the world's leading internet television network with over 65 million members in over 50 countries enjoying more than 100 million hours of TV programmes and films per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.