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Netflix Picks Up Four Animated Series: “Tarzan and Jane,” “An Army of Frogs,” “Puffin Rock,” “Cirque du Soleil Luna Petunia”; Premieres Three More


Variety reports that Netflix has acquired four new animated series to join their dedicated section for kids under 12, with the series to hit the service as full seasons to maximize “binge-ability.” The four series which were acquired and scheduled release dates are:

  • Cirque du Soleil Luna Petunia (Fall 2016): 11 episodes from Saban Brands and Cirque du Soleil Media. Lead character Luna Petunia plays in a dreamland where she can make the impossible possible.
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane (Second Half 2016): 8 episodes from 41 Entertainment (with Avi Arad executive producing). Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famed pulp fiction character is revived as a 16-year old going from the African jungle to a London boarding school, where he teans with Jane Porter to “solve environmental injustice, crimes and mysteries.”
  • Kulipari: An Army of Frogs (2016): 13 episodes from Splash Entertainment and Outlook Company, based on the trilogy of books by NFL star Trevor Pryce. The series follows poisonous frogs, spiders, and scorpions “who must go to war to ensure their power and the survival of their entire world.”
  • Puffin Rock (September 1, 2015): 13 episodes from Penguin Random House Children’s, Dog Ears, and animation studio Cartoon Saloon. Young puffling Oona and her younger brother Baba explore their world and the diverse array of sea, air, and land creatures that live in it.

In addition, Variety reports that Netflix will begin airing three new animated series this year:

  • Elias: Available now, this Norwegian pre-school series focuses on the adventures of a little rescue boat.
  • The Day My Butt Went Psycho: Available this month, from Nelvana Studios and loosely based on the popular novel series by Andy Griffiths.
  • Masha and the Bear: Available starting in August, this Russian animated series focuses on the (mis-)adventures of the mischievous young girl Masha and the retired circus bear who tries to keep her out of trouble.
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