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Netflix, DreamWorks Animation to Launch Original Children’s Series

12 Feb, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel, Chris Tribbey

Winter series will be based on summer 'Turbo' theatrical release

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Feb. 12 said they will create the first-ever Netflix original series for children. Based on DreamWorks Animation summer release, Turbo, the Netflix series "Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team)" will bow in December in the United States and globally to the subscription video-on-demand's members.

The movie Turbo, which hits theaters July 19, is a 3D comedy about an ordinary snail who dares to dream big — and fast. After a freak accident miraculously gives him the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks his dreaming into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the Indianapolis 500. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Lion and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Netflix series "Turbo: F.A.S.T." picks up where the feature film leaves off. It showcases the world-traveling exploits of the snail hero and his tricked-out racing crew as they master outrageous new stunts and challenge any villain unlucky enough to cross their path.

In 2012, Netflix streamed more than 2 billion hours of kids content through its popular "Just For Kids" Web page. The content in the kids section of Netflix is curated in conjunction with ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that provides independent ratings, reviews and information to help parents make media choices. In addition to character-based selections, the service displays rows of TV shows and movies organized by easy-to-understand genres such as superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power. 

“Creating an original series for kids was a natural for us," Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, said in a statement. "DreamWorks Animation has a long track record of creating successful characters and stories that delight people of all ages. We're thrilled to add 'Turbo' the series, as well as all-new DreamWorks Animation films, starting with their 2013 slate, to Netflix."


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