Nee’s 10-episode series, also executive produced by Kenya Barris through his Khalabo Ink Society banner, combines music and animation to educate a new generation of young Americans about the power of the people. With three-minute installments, We the People is a series of animated music videos that covers a range of basic U.S. civics lessons in not-so-basic ways.
The series features original songs performed by artists including H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Lambert, Cordae, Bebe Rexha, KYLE, Andra Day and poet Amanda Gorman. Each episode, which utilizes a mix of animated styles, is a call to action to rethink civics as a living, breathing thing and reframe the understanding of what government and citizenship mean in a modern world.
Nee, who previously teamed with Higher Ground for a Netflix preschool series, executive produces under for Laughing Wild. In addition to Barack and Michelle Obama, Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan executive produce for Higher Ground. Ada Chiaghana, Erynn Sampson and PeeDee Shindell also produce.
We The People, which will land on Netflix on July 4, is directed by Peter Ramsey, Trisha Gum, Victoria Vincent, Benjy Brooke, Mabel Ye, Tim Rauch, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Daron Nefcy, Everett Downing and Kendra Ryan. The series will make its world debut at AFI DOCS on June 24.
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