Dreamworks and Netflix join forces to make original kid series
Following the success of David Finchers House of Cards, Netflix has another original series on the way for their pint-sized audience. Netflix , which recently signed a deal with Walt Disney the Turbo series will be its first “in-house” production aimed at children.
Netflix , subscription video provider said on Tuesday that they will team up with DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. to create an original cartoon series for kids based on Dreamworks upcoming movie Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team).
DreamWorks Animation, much like their rival Pixar, have regularly created films and characters of the ‘talking animal’ variety, as seen with many supporting characters of the Shrek series, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, Antz, Shark Tale, Bee Movie, Chicken Run, Rise of the Guardians, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda.
Constituting almost every film they make, it is clear that the style is a trademark of the studio, and will be continued with one of their 2013 releases Turbo.
Turbo F.A.S.T is a movie about a snail who dares to dream big and - fast gets the power of super speed after getting in a freak accident.
A series that picks up where the feature film leaves off , it will showcase the world-traveling exploits of our snail hero and his tricked-out racing crew as they master outrageous new stunts and challenge any villain unlucky enough to cross their path.
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,’ Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, said in a statement.
The film, stars Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Lion and Samuel L. Jackson, will be released on July 19, 2013. The series will become available to Netflix subscribers in December.
“Netflix is definitely trying to make its mark in animated and kids programming in a way that others can’t easily replicate.” says Eric Wold, an analyst with B. Riley Caris in San Francisco.
DreamWorks Animation, much like their rival pixar, have regularly created films and characters of the ‘talking animal’ variety, as seen with many supporting characters of the Shrekseries, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, Antz, Shark Tale, Bee Movie, Chicken Run, Rise of the Guardians, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda.