Earlier today, Netflix announced a brand-new slate of children’s animated series to be released on the streaming platform. According to executives, the new shows are part of an increased push to create a family-friendly space on Netflix and a space for kids to experience on-screen diversity.
John Derderian, Vice President of Animated Series, published a blog post on Netflix’s official news site this morning, announcing that the series would be bringing back animated favorites such as Boss Baby, which first debuted as a 2017 movie, followed by Boss Baby: Back in Business in 2018 and a sequel to the original film in 2021. Other animated series like The Cuphead Show! (2022), Sharkdog (2021), and the reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2021) are also reported to be returning for new episodes or specials on Netflix.
Netflix’s New Animated Releases
Along with the returning shows, Netflix has also announced a collection of new animated series, including Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight, which will expand the universe of the beloved movie trilogy, and Sonic Prime, the latest in a long list of animated Sonic the Hedgehog shows. Also included on the list were shows like My Dad the Bounty Hunter, which features an intergalactic bounty hunter with an everyday Earth family, Daniel Spellbound, a new CG animated series, We Lost Our Human, following a dog and cat in a world where humanity has disappeared, and Dead End: Paranormal Park, formerly known as DeadEndia and based on a series of graphic novels by Steele and Cartoon Hangover.
Many of the promotional photos released for the new animated series lineup on Netflix show diverse characters and unique settings, evidence that falls in line with Derderian’s – and the platform’s – goal of providing a safe space for children to be exposed to a diversity of all kinds. According to Deadline, release dates for the new series have not been announced yet, nor has any information on how these releases may affect Netflix’s current animated shows.