Amazon Picks Up ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Special, Greenlights 3 Kids’ Series

Original shows 'Dino Dana,' 'The Kicks' and 'Lost in Oz' coming to Prime in 2016

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Amazon is tapping more tyke TV: The company has licensed a “Shaun the Sheep” special exclusively for the U.S. and ordered three kids’ series — “Dino Dana,” “The Kicks” and “Lost in Oz.”

Aardman Animations’ half-hour “Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas” will debut for Prime members in the U.S. on Nov. 13. The three other series will bow on Prime next year in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria.

In “Shaun the Sheep: Farmer’s Llamas,” Shaun tricks the clueless Farmer into buying three exotic llamas at an auction — but predictably, the situation spirals out of control. The special was originally commissioned by the BBC, with “Farmer’s Llamas” set to premiere on BBC One this Christmas in the U.K.

Preschooler-targeted “Dino Dana,” with a mix of live-action and CGI, is a spinoff of Daytime Creative Arts Emmy-winning series “Dino Dan” from J.J. Johnson (Amazon’s “Annedroids”). The skein will feature 16 new prehistoric creatures, an adopted baby dino, and budding paleontologist Dana and her teenage sister Emily. Created and directed by Johnson, “Dino Dana” will be executive produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment partners Johnson, Blair Powers and Matt Bishop, co-executive produced by Christin Simms and written by Johnson and Simms.

In “The Kicks,” Devin Burke (played by newcomer Sixx Orange) was the star player on her soccer team back home until her family moved to California midway through the school year — and she has to rally her new team to victory. Based on the books by Alex Morgan, Olympic soccer gold medalist and current U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player. “The Kicks” is executive produced by Full Fathom Five’s novelist James Frey and Todd Cohen, as well as Andrew Orenstein (“Malcolm in the Middle”).

Animated action-adventure comedy “Lost in Oz” reimagines L. Frank Baum’s magical universe in a modern-day Emerald City. In the series, 12-year-old Dorothy Gale befriends West, a street-smart witch grappling with dark temptations, and Ojo, a giant munchkin. “Lost in Oz” is developed and produced by Bureau of Magic’s Darin Mark, Jared Mark, Abram Makowka and Mark Warshaw, designed by Flaunt Productions and animated by Arc Productions (“9,” “Gnomeo & Juliet”). Score is by Adam Berry with theme music by Mark Mothersbaugh.

“We’re excited to offer our Prime members a beautifully reimagined world in our first original kids 6-to-11 animated series (‘Lost in Oz’) and bring to the screen Alex Morgan’s successful book series with an inspirational role model at the core,” said Tara Sorensen, head of kids programming at Amazon Studios. “Aardman and Sinking Ship are award-winning producers and we’re excited to debut ‘Dino Dana’ and ‘Shaun the Sheep’ on Prime Video.”

“Lost in Oz” and “The Kicks” were among the six kids’ pilots Amazon Studios released earlier this year. That indicates it’s passing on the four others: preschool show “The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop,” Jim Henson Co.’s “Lily the Unicorn,” animated “Bear in Underwear” and live-action “A History of Radness” from Andrew Green (“Hannah Montana”).