Amazon Studios has handed out its first kids series renewals, ordering second seasons of Creative Galaxy, Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street and the Annie-winning Tumble Leaf. All orders match Season 1’s 13 episodes with the exception of live-action Gortimer whose pickup is for 26 episodes.
This means that Amazon will be bringing back all of its existing original kids series. Creative Galaxy, Annedroids and Tumble Leaf were the first ever original kids series orders for the streaming service, followed by pickups for Gortimer and Whishenpoof!, the latter of which will debut later this year. Unlike its primetime series, whose seasons are released all at once, Amazon used staggered launches for its kids shows, with Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy and live-action Annedroids debuting six episodes in May-July and the rest of their 13-episode first seasons later in 2014.
According to the service, Amazon Original kids’ series are among the top kids’ titles on Prime Instant Video, with Creative Galaxy, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street and Tumble Leaf delivering some of the most-streamed kids’ seasons on Amazon. Here are details about the newly renewed series:
Annecy International Festival and Annie award-winning series, Tumble Leaf was created by Drew Hodges (Saturday Night Live, Community) and executive produced by Hodges and Kelli Bixler (Saturday Night Live, The Roadents) of Bix Pix Entertainment. Created for preschool-aged children, each episode of the stop-motion world of Tumble Leaf follows Fig, a delightfully curious blue fox, and his best friend Stick, a quirky caterpillar, as they embark on a fun and nature-filled adventure, learning science through their natural play. The series features voice work from newcomers Christopher Downs as Fig, Brooke Wolloff as Maple, Zac McDowell as Hedge, Addie Zintel as Pine, and Alex Trugman as Ginkgo.
Creative Galaxy, from Out of the Blue Enterprises, with Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why! Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) serving as Creator and Executive Producer, and Samantha Freeman as Executive Producer, is a make-along, create-along art adventure series for preschool-aged children. The series, animated by 9 Story Entertainment, features Arty, an adorable alien artist, and Epiphany, his inspirational side-kick, on their adventures through the Creative Galaxy solving problems through art. To give kids and parents the real-life tools they need to recreate Arty’s experience, a live-action piece at the end of each animated episode takes families through the craft project Arty showcased in the galaxy. Creative Galaxy features vocal talent fromChristian Distefano (PAW Patrol) as Arty, Kira Gelineau (Dear Viola) as Epiphany, and guest stars Samantha Bee (The Daily Show), Jason Jones (The Daily Show), Cloris Leachman (Malcolm In the Middle), Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210) and Brooke Shields (Lipstick Jungle).
Annedroids, created by Emmy-nominated J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan) and Sinking Ship Entertainment, is a kids 6-to-11 live-action adventure series about Anne, a young female scientist, her human friends and their android assistants, and the amazing scientific discoveries they make while undertaking the biggest experiment of them all: growing up. The series spotlights, through trial and error, how science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) can inspire children to do great things. Annedroids stars Addison Holley (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) as Anne, Adrianna Di Liello (Stage Fright) as her friend Shania, and Jadiel Dowlin as Nick. The series also features vocal talent from Millie Davis (Orphan Black) as Pal.
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street, created by first-time writer David Anaxagoras and executive produced by Oscar winner Luke Matheny (God Of Love), stars Sloane Morgan Siegel (Partners), Ashley Boettcher (Aliens In The Attic), Drew Justice (The Little Rascals Save The Day), and Robyn Lively (Saving Grace, Twin Peaks). The series, for kids 6-11, is a coming-of-age tale of friendship that centers around Gortimer (Siegel) and the bond with his two best friends Ranger (Justice) and Mel (Boettcher), as they chronicle their adventures on Normal Street—an ordinary suburban neighborhood that has a hint of something unexpected just beneath the surface. Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street is the first kids series to receive a greenlight from Amazon Studios’ open-door pilot submissions process. Anaxagoras, a preschool teacher, was one of many aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters who submitted their ideas for original series through AmazonStudios.com, and whose concept moved forward as a pilot that debuted on Amazon Instant Video in February 2014.