Amazon Studios is primed to launch six kids’ pilots next month as part of its 2015 fall pilot season, including an animated show based on best-selling book franchise “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” for preschoolers.
The slate includes “The Numberlys,” based on the award-winning picture book, app and short film that’s an homage to Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”; “Danger & Eggs,” about a girl and her best friend, a giant talking egg; “Eddie of the Realms Eternal,” in which a meek middle schooler is unexpectedly drawn into an adventure in another dimension; “Everstar,” following an adventurous 12-year-old girl brought aboard a rogue spaceship that travels the universe; and “Yoyotoki HappyEars!,” a story about a fox family that accidentally wind up in a magical land with mythical creatures.
The kids’ pilots will debut Nov. 5 on Amazon Video, along with the six previously announced pilots for grown-ups: “Edge,” “Good Girls Revolt,” “Highston,” “One Mississippi,” “Patriot” and “Z.” Users in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan will be able to watch the pilots.
As has been its practice, Amazon will incorporate customer feedback and ratings on the shows to determine which ones to greenlight as full series for Prime members.
“Our new kids pilots will combine rich worlds with unique characters that we hope will appeal to our customers,” said Tara Sorensen, head of kids’ programming for Amazon Studios.
Here’s a rundown of the new Amazon children’s shows:
- “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”: Follows the twists and turns of the original story, ending back with giving the mouse a cookie. Based on the books by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond; written and developed by writer Ken Scarborough (“Arthur,” “Doug”).
- “The Numberlys”: Show about five city kids who nurture a sprout into a beautiful tree encourages children to think beyond the way things are always done — to how they could be. “Numberlys” is created by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios. Pilot is exec produced by Lampton Enochs (Super), written by Joe Fallon (“Arthur”), and directed by Saul Blinkoff (“Doc McStuffins”).
- “Danger & Eggs”: The fearless D.D. Danger, an aspiring stuntwoman, is kept out of harm’s way by her ever-cautious pal, Phillip, a huge talking egg. Created by Mike Owens (“Yo Gabba Gabba!”) and Shadi Petosky (“Mad”), produced by Petosky and Chris Hardwick’s Puny Entertainment. Animated show features the voice talents of comedians Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”) and Eric Knobel.
- “Eddie of the Realms Eternal”: Lazy wizard elf Hobi, battling the evil Shadow Queen in the Realms Eternal, inadvertently summons timid teen Eddie Armstrong for the fight. Created by writers Bill Motz and Bob Roth (“The Penguins of Madagascar”) and animated by studio Cartoon Saloon (“The Secret of Kells,” “Song of the Sea”).
- “Everstar”: Tween girl Ainslie Wickett intercepts an intergalactic SOS signal from a lighthouse in Maine, leading her and her best friend, George, on intergalactic adventures on the spaceship Everstar. Created by Becky Tinker and exec produced by John Rogers (“The Player,” “The Librarians”) and Jennifer Court.
- “Yoyotoki HappyEars!”: A girl fox and her family unexpectedly end up in Mytholopia, where they try to keep their jellybean pot-pie business up and running in a land populated with weird, magical residents. Created by Niki Yang (“Adventure Time,” “Bravest Warriors”).