Netflix has commissioned five original animated series for kids, and renewed 'Kong: King of the Apes' for a second series.
The streaming service has gone animation crazy, commissioning original series based on a bestselling video games ('Skylanders Academy'), award-winning series of books ('Llama Llama', 'Hilda') and mega-grossing film franchises ('Spy Kids: Mission Critical', 'Spirit Riding Free').
'Llama Llama' is based on the bestselling pre-school books by Anna Dewdney, while 'Hilda' – based on Luke Pearson's acclaimed graphic novels – and 'Skylanders Academy' are aimed at slightly older children.
'Skylanders Academy' will come to Netflix in the autumn, while 'Llama Llama', and 'Spirit Riding Free' will air in 2017. 'Spy Kids: Mission Critical' and 'Hilda' will air in 2018.
Netflix has also commissioned a second series of 'Kong: King of the Apes'. The eco-conscious animated adventure series sees Kong, Lukas and the team attempt to save the earth from Botila's plans to replace nature with technology. It will air in 2017.
"At Netflix, we invest in stories that our members will love and cherish," said Andy Yeatman, director of global kids content for Netflix. "This passion for discovering great storytelling extends to what we offer our youngest members, and we're excited today to announced a lineup of original shows that will bring a number of well-known and beloved characters to kids and families around the globe."