Netflix will add four, animated, original series to its kids’ lineup starting this Fall.
The first of the new series, “Puffin Rock,” will debut all of its 13 episodes on September 1, 2015. It will take place in Ireland and follow a puffin named Oona and her brother Baba as they explore nature. The series will be available in several languages, with Chris O’Dowd narrating the English version. “Puffin Rock” is created by Dog Ears, Penguin Random House Children’s, and animation studio Cartoon Saloon.
The other three, new series will debut in 2016. “Kulipari: An Army of Frogs,” based on a book series by football player Trevor Pryce, focuses on bravery in the face of poisonous amphibians and insects. It includes 13 episodes (that, yes, will all debut at once on Netflix) and is produced by Splash Entertainment and Outlook Company.
A version of “Tarzan and Jane” based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs stories will span eight episodes. It will feature a 16-year-old Tarzan who meets Jane at a boarding school in London. It is executive produced by Avi Arad, of Arad Animation, and features animation from ARC Productions.
Premiering in Fall 2016, “Luna Petunia” will target preschoolers. It comes from Cirque du Soleil and Saban Brands and will follow the titular character as she plays in an imaginary world. Season one will include 11 episodes as well as corresponding merchandise and some interactive, digital content.
Some kids’ series from outside of Netflix (and outside of the US) are also coming to the streaming service this summer. “Elias,” a Norwegian series for preschoolers, is currently available on Netflix, and Canadian series “The Day My Butt Went Psycho” will join it there this month in the US, UK, and Mexico. “Masha and the Bear,” a Russian series, will debut on Netflix in the US this August.
All of these shows will be/are available on Netflix’s dedicated kids’ section, which all members of the service have access to.