Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have announced that they are teaming up to produce what will be Netflix’s first ever original series for kids. Based on DreamWorks’ upcoming feature film Turbo, this new series is titled Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team) and will debut this December on Netflix in over 40 territories including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition to Turbo: F.A.S.T., Netflix’s deal with DreamWorks will see new animated films from the studio made available to subscribers, beginning with DreamWorks’ 2013 lineup.
Turbo – which is set to be released on July 19th – is a 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. The feature stars Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Lion and Samuel L. Jackson. Netflix’s original series Turbo: F.A.S.T will pick up where the film leaves off, showcasing the world-traveling exploits of our snail hero and his tricked-out racing crew as they master outrageous new stunts and challenge any villain unlucky enough to cross their path.
Speaking of this deal with DreamWorks Animation, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, said: “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. 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.”
While Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, added: “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. DreamWorks is thrilled to be part of the television revolution.”