Netflix is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to debut its first-ever original children’s series, according to Reuters. On Feb. 12, the programming collaboration for the original series “Turbo F.A.S.T." was announced. The show will premiere exclusively on the streaming site in December.
The series will pick up where the big-screen movie “Turbo” -- due out in July --leaves off. The animated movie about a super-fast snail that competes in the Indy 500 features the voices of Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti. It has not been announced if Reynolds or Giamatti will voice characters in the Netflix series.
Netflix’ Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told Deadline that ”creating an original series for kids was a natural step for the on-demand streaming site. “And we’re doing it in a big way by adapting ‘Turbo,’ this year’s DreamWorks Animation summer tentpole movie,” he said.
In recent years, Netflix has increased its kid-friendly programming, even adding a Just For Kids tab that showcases a large selection of movies and TV shows suitable for children 12 and under. Popular shows like “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Dora the Explorer,” “Phineus and Ferb” and “iCarly” can all be seen on the site, and categories are searchable by network (Nickelodeon, Disney) and by genre (princesses, robots).
Last week the Kevin Spacey drama, “House of Cards," became the first TV series to be screened exclusively on Netflix.