Amazon Studios has ordered second seasons of its four current children’s series — “Creative Galaxy,” “Annedroids,” “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” and “Tumble Leaf” — as the Internet-video player looks to establish a foothold in the important kidvid segment.
The four series are among the most-watched kids’ titles across all of Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, according to the company (although it does not disclose viewing metrics). Children’s programming is a key piece of its strategy to win SVOD customers in its battle with Netflix, which also has focused on original and licensed content for younger demos.
“‘Tumble Leaf,’ ‘Creative Galaxy,’ ‘Annedroids’ and ‘Gortimer’ have all experienced a tremendous response from our customers and we’re excited to bring them back for another season,” said Tara Sorensen, head of kids’ programming for Amazon Studios.
Animated series “Tumble Leaf” (pictured, above) was created by Drew Hodges (“Saturday Night Live,” “Community”) and is executive produced by Hodges and Kelli Bixler (“SNL,” “The Roadents”) of studio Bix Pix Entertainment. The show, aimed at preschoolers, follows Fig, a curious blue fox, and his best friend Stick, a quirky caterpillar, as they embark on nature-filled adventures. “Tumble Leaf” recently won awards at the Annecy International Animation Festival and the Annie Awards.
“Creative Galaxy” comes from Out of the Blue Enterprises, with Angela C. Santomero (“Blue’s Clues,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Super Why!”) serving as creator and exec producer and Samantha Freeman as exec producer. The show for preschool kids, animated by 9 Story Entertainment, is a make-along, create-along art adventure series hosted by alien artist Arty and his sidekick Epiphany.
“Annedroids,” created by J.J. Johnson (“Dino Dan”) and Sinking Ship Entertainment, is a live-action adventure series aimed at kids 6-11. Show revolves around girl scientist Anne (played by Addison Holley of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”), her human friends and their android assistants, and the scientific discoveries they make.
“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” also for kids 6-11, was created by first-time writer and preschool teacher David Anaxagoras and is executive produced by Luke Matheny (“God of Love”). Story centers around Gortimer (Sloane Morgan Siegel of “Partners”) and the bond with his two best friends as they chronicle their adventures on Normal Street — an ordinary suburban neighborhood that has a hint of something unexpected just beneath the surface.
Later in 2015, Amazon is slated to debut kid series “Wishenpoof!” from Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises. In addition, Amazon Studios recently greenlit full seasons of two kids’ series: “Just Add Magic,” based on Cindy Callaghan’s young adult book and adapted by Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco; and “The Stinky & Dirty Show,” based on the “I Stink!” book series by Kate and Jim McMullan and written by Guy Toubes.