Kids deserve to binge on TV House of Cards-style too, right? But because Cards and Orange is the New Black aren’t exactly G-rated, Netflix launched a Dreamworks-produced animated series called Turbo Fast about a team of action-oriented snails just for kids. READ FULL STORY
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“Fast” isn’t just how Turbo the snail likes to travel — it’s also an acronym for the Fast Action Stunt Team, a.k.a. Turbo’s adrenaline-junkie pals. The cast includes Veep‘s Reid Scott as Turbo, stepping in for film star Ryan Reynolds, Community’s Ken Jeong reprising his role in the movie (as female nail salon owner Kim-Ly), and Canadian voice actor Eric Bauza as Chet, Turbo’s cautious older brother. (Paul Giamatti played the role in the film.)
Netflix plans to start streaming Turbo Fast‘s first five episodes on Dec. 24 at 12:01 a.m. PT — but you can get a sneak peek at the show in the clip below. The biggest takeaway: Bauza does a really good impersonation (in-snail-anation?) of Paul Giamatti.
Netflix isn’t slowing down on its original series game — even though the star of its next show is a snail.
The streaming and rental service is now entering the market for original kids programming. Netflix has announced that this winter, it will premiere Turbo Fast, a cartoon about an “adrenaline-fueled snail stunt team.” Turbo Fast is based on the 2013 movie Turbo, from DreamWorks Animation. Veep‘s Reid Scott voices snail protagonist Turbo — stepping in for film star Ryan Reynolds — while Community‘s Ken Jeong reprises his role in the movie, playing manicurist Kim Ly.
“We’ve long said that Netflix is revolutionizing the television industry and now we are thrilled to officially be a part of it,” DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement. “They have been fantastic partners whose vision has given our characters an amazing platform to be enjoyed by families around the world.”
Turbo Fast will premiere on Dec. 24 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Though Netflix usually releases every episode of a given original simultaneously, it’s using a different distribution strategy for its first kids show: Five episodes of the new animated series will be available to stream during the holiday season, with more episodes premiering during the new year.
Watch the trailer for Turbo Fast below:
Say “adios” to Netflix, Dora. Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, along with several other Viacom series, is no longer on Netflix. The streaming service decided to not renew its broad contract with Viacom this month, so Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Squarepants, and other popular Nick series recently ceased being available for instant viewing.
But this doesn’t mean Netflix has lost its babysitting abilities. There’s still a “Just for Kids” tab on the site that leads to plenty of streaming family-friendly shows, including Cartoon Network series like Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time, PBS shows including Sesame Street and Arthur, and superhero fare, like The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Batman Beyond. READ FULL STORY
Netflix keeps expanding the availability of “Just for Kids,” an application which makes it easier for your kids to navigate the streaming service, and also removes the possibility that your kids will accidentally come across, say, Larry Clark’s Kids while they’re digging through the Netflix library. “Just for Kids” arrived this week for the Xbox 360, and is already available on the Wii, the PS3, and the Apple TV. “Just for Kids” might sound like the modern digital answer of the V-Chip, but the service does more than just trim out grown-up movies. As this explanatory video from Netflix makes clear, “Just for Kids” is actually a completely separate section of Netflix. READ FULL STORY
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