By Sahil Patel
Last June, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation announced a landmark deal to produce more than 300 hours worth of original programming tied to the studio’s film franchises. So far, we have seen one original project come out of this agreement: “Turbo FAST,” which debuted on Netflix last December.
Now, DreamWorks and Netflix are adding three more animated originals to this slate, based on characters from films like “Madagascar,” “Shrek,” and “Veggie Tales.”
“King Julien” will focus on the royal lemur from the “Madagascar” movies, “Puss in Boots” will follow the swashbuckling feline from the “Shrek” films, and “Veggie Tales in the House” will follow the characters of Bob and Larry as they venture off the kitchen 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, in a statement. “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.”
The three shows will debut in late 2014.
In addition to these new properties, DreamWorks and Netflix plan to make new episodes of “Turbo FAST” available on April 4. If you recall, when “Turbo FAST” debuted last year, it only rolled out with five episodes. This was a deviation from Netflix’s strategy of providing all episodes of a season at once. Citing production constraints around animated programming, Netflix said it would release new batches of episodes as they became ready. In total, Netflix has ordered 26 episodes of “Turbo FAST.”