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Netflix to Launch First Original Kids Series With Dreamworks

Netflix is adding the DreamWorks Animation project to its slate of original programming

Netflix will release its first ever original kids series with DreamWorks Animation, the company announced Tuesday.

Based on the DreamWorks film "Turbo," which will be released this summer, "Turbo F.A.S.T." will debut exclusively on the streaming service in December. It joins a slate of original Netflix programming that includes the new drama "House of Cards" and new episodes of "Arrested Development" that will begin airing in May.

"Turbo: F.A.S.T." (which stands, obviously, for Fast Action Stunt Team) will be available in the 40 countries where Netflix offers its service.

“Families love Netflix, so creating an original series for kids was a natural for us. And we’re doing it in a big way by adapting "Turbo," this year’s DreamWorks Animation summer tentpole movie,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix. “DreamWorks Animation has a long track record of creating incredibly 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.”

Added DreamWorks Animation’s CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg: “Netflix boasts one of the largest and fastest-growing audiences in kids television. They pioneered a new model for TV dramas with 'House of Cards,' and now together, we’re doing the same thing with kids’ programming."

Turbo follows the adventures of an ordinary snail who dreams of going fast — and soon does.

Netflix has stood out from cable and broadcast networks by offering every installment of its original series at once, allowing viewers to watch them whenever they want.