Netflix, DreamWorks Animation team up for animated children’s show

By Daniel S Levine,

Netflix is continuing to build its options for children, adding a new series from DreamWorks Animation titled Turbo: F.A.S.T., based on one of the studio’s upcoming films.

Turbo: F.A.S.T. will have 26 episodes and follows a snail that moves at super-speeds after an accident. The series will be available in December, following the release of Turbo in theaters in July.

“Netflix boasts one of the largest and fastest-growing audiences in kids’ television,” DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement, reports Bloomberg. “They pioneered a new model for TV dramas with House of Cards, and now together, we’re doing the same thing with kids’ programming.”

The new series with DreamWorks will add the first original children’s show to Netflix’s roster. The streaming service recently launched House of Cards and is set to launch a new season of Arrested Development exclusively for its 33 million subscribers, but both of those shows are targeted at adults.

Netflix and DreamWorks signed a licensing deal in September 2011, giving subscribers access to the studio’s hits like Kung Fu Panda and Shreck. It also follows Netflix’s deal with Disney, giving parents plenty of streaming content for their children.

According to Reuters, Turbo hits theaters on July 19. The film features the voices of Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti.

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