Netflix Launching New Animated Kids Shows3 Jun, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Netflix June 3 announced it would premiere four original new animated series for children beginning Sept. 1 with “Puffin Rock.” Other shows include action adventure stories “Kulipari: An Army of Frogs” (2016) and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan and Jane,” (2016) in addition to preschool program “Cirque du Soleil — Luna Petunia” (Fall 2016).
Netflix was the first subscription streaming service to launch a family and children’s platform featuring age-appropriate content with no commercials.
Netflix is also adding three new first-run exclusive series for kids. The award-winning Russian show “Masha and the Bear” will premiere this August in the United States. This month, Canadian animation company Nelvana Studios bows “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 Norwegian preschool series of the same name, is now streaming on Netflix in U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
June 26 Netflix bows DreamWorks Animation's "Dragons: Race to the Edge," the latest animated series based on the "How to Train Your Dragon" films.
Netflix’s dedicated kids section features dozens of original series as well as TV shows and movies from PBS, Disney Channel, DreamWorks Animation, Mattel, Hasbro, LEGO and Scholastic. Kids, parents and caregivers can also scan through movies and TV shows organized by easy-to-understand genres like superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power, featuring clear and simple descriptions of the plot of each title.
"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,” Erik Barmack, VP of global independent content, said in a statement.