Netflix and DreamWorks Animation just announced three new original series to debut on Netflix later this year: King Jullen, Puss In Boots and Veggie Tales in the House.
King Jullen is the lemur from the Madagascar films, and is getting his own series. Puss In Boots, made famous by the Shrek films, and then his own movie, is as well. Veggie Tales in the House is described as “new recipes for faith-based values as Bob and Larry venture off the counter top”.
“We could not be having more fun as we create this content for Netflix,” said Margie Cohn, Head of Television at DreamWorks Animation. “Each show is so diverse and the platform gives us so many opportunities to play with our characters in new and surprising ways. Our goal is to keep the audience always wondering what we’ll come up with next.”
“I am pretty sure this is the first time the word ‘beloved’ has been applied to a cat, a lemur, vegetables and snails in the same sentence, but DreamWorks Animation has an incredible knack for creating characters that kids around the world adore,” said Netflix VP of Original Content Cindy Holland.
The snails Holland refers to would be from Turbo FAST, the first original series from this partnership with DreamWorks, which debuted in December. The companies also just announced that new episodes will be available on April 4th.
In a letter to shareholders in January, Netflix said, “Though just launched, Turbo FAST is on track to become one of the most popular kids series ever on Netflix.”
The announcement does not indicate whether the new shows will change up the traditional 3D animation style of the previous incarnations of these characters as it did with Turbo FAST, which moved to a 2D look.
Netflix first partnered with DreamWorks in 2011 to make its content available in 2013. In 2013, it made a new deal to get original content from the animation studio in what was Netflix’s biggest ever push for original content.
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