Netflix commissions Dr. Seuss-inspired series and specials to anchor an extensive slate of preschool content

Netflix commissions Dr. Seuss-inspired series and specials to anchor an extensive slate of preschool content

Netflix commissions Dr. Seuss-inspired series and specials to anchor an extensive slate of preschool content

Netflix is ​​turning to Dr. Seuss. The streamer has ordered three animated series and two specials inspired by classic works from the beloved author, which will anchor an expanded range of preschool content.

Netflix has ordered series based on “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” “Wacky Wednesday” and “Horton Hears a Who!” from Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the San Diego company that manages the canon of timeless children’s books. Animated specials are in the works for “The Sneetches” and “Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.”

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Dustin Ferrer, an alum of PBS’s “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and HBO’s “Esme and Roy,” will serve as supervising showrunner for the five projects. She will work with showrunners to be named later for each series and special.

Netflix is ​​ramping up its sippy cup offerings because success in this area can be a good way to maintain high engagement and multi-generational usage among families.

“Netflix is ​​a trusted home for the characters kids love, and generations of kids have loved the characters imagined by Dr. Seuss,” said Heather Tilert, Netflix’s director of preschool content. “These beloved stories have been an essential part of family libraries for many years, and I’m thrilled to bring them to our catalog of Netflix shows in a fresh, modern way that resonates with today’s audiences.”

The deal for five high-profile new projects comes at a busy time of growth for Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that manages the Dr. Seuss canon of distinctive children’s books. The company is working on new films with Warner Bros. and launches a new book imprint for works by emerging authors inspired by the unpublished writings and drawings of Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel. Geisel died in 1991 at the age of 87.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises previously partnered with Netflix and Warner Bros. TV for the animated series “Green Eggs and Ham,” based on the enduring 1960 book that is Geisel’s iconic film. sui generis, silly but deep, rhythmic literary voice. The “Green Eggs” series debuted in 2019 after a long development process. Season 2 will be released on April 8.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises is proud of the collaborative relationship we share with Netflix,” said Susan Brandt, President and CEO of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to share our stories, characters and messages with the next generation of fans, and Netflix has a unique ability to create original and delightful adaptations of our timeless classics with a focus on imagination, entertainment and education. .”

The new Netflix slate is consistent with Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ goal of keeping the spirit and ethos of Seuss’ works alive through new interpretations. “One Fish, Two Fish” revolves around the friendship of two very different fish. One goal of the series will be to introduce “oppositional language” in the same spirit that the book helps introduce young minds to the concept of opposites and classifications. The series will consist of seven-minute episodes and two-minute music videos, according to Netflix.

“Wacky Wednesday” revolves around a 10-year-old Wacky expert who helps solve the strange problems that occur every Wednesday in an otherwise calm town. The series will include 11-minute episodes.

“Horton,” also slated for 11-minute episodes, will follow the sweet young pachyderm as he explores the jungle with friends and learns to stand up for what’s right.

“The Sneetches” will be a 45-minute special featuring star-bellied and moon-bellied creatures who form a friendship and realize their differences are to be celebrated, not a source of conflict. Also in special 45-minute animated form is “Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose,” based on a 1948 Dr. Seuss title that helps a grumpy moose leader find his way to happiness.

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