Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have officially announced they will be teaming up to create the first ever Netflix Original Series for kids. The new series will be based on the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie Turbo, which is set to be released in movie theaters this summer.
The Netflix series will be called Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team) and will debut exclusively this December in the United States and across the globe in the 40 countries where Netflix offers its service.
“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,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix. “DreamWorks Animation has a long track record of creating incredibly successful characters and stories that delight people of all ages. We’re thrilled to add Turbo the series as well as all new DreamWorks Animation films, starting with their 2013 slate, to Netflix.”
“Netflix boasts one of the largest and fastest-growing audiences in kids television. They pioneered a new model for TV dramas with House of Cards, and now together, we’re doing the same thing with kids’ programming,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Katzenberg. “DreamWorks is thrilled to be part of the television revolution.”
According to DreamWorks Animation’s description, Turbo “is a high velocity 3D comedy about an ordinary snail who dares to dream big – and fast. After a freak accident miraculously gives him the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks his dreaming into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the Indianapolis 500.”
Turbo the movie 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. Turbo is set to be released in theaters on July 19, 2013.
The Turbo: F.A.S.T. episodic animated television series will pick up where the feature film leaves off. It will tell the story of Turbo and his tricked-out racing crew as they master outrageous new stunts and challenge any villain unlucky enough to cross their path. In addition to the original TV series Turbo: F.A.S.T., new DreamWorks Animation feature titles will be made available for Netflix members in the U.S. to watch beginning with the studio’s 2013 film line-up.