'Turbo: F.A.S.T.': Netflix and DreamWorks to create original children's show
In addition to adult fare including "Arrested Development" and "House of Cards," Netflix is delving into the realm of children's television, and its got an able-bodied studio to help it. It's been announced that Netflix and DreamWorks Animation are teaming up to make a series based on the upcoming animated film "Turbo."
"Turbo: F.A.S.T." -- short for "Fast Action Stunt Team" -- will premiere exclusively on Netflix in December, following the July 19 release of the "Turbo" movie. The flick features the voice talent of Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti, and it's unclear if they'll voice their characters in the series. "Turbo" tells the story of a snail named Turbo who becomes supernaturally fast after an accident and decides to try to compete in the Indianapolis 500. The Netflix show is said to pick up where the film leaves off.
"Netflix boasts one of the largest and fastest-growing audiences in kids' television," DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg says in a statement. "They pioneered a new model for TV dramas with 'House of Cards,' and now together we're doing the same thing with kids' programming."
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos adds, "Families love Netflix, so creating an original series for kids was a natural for us, and we're doing it in a big way by adapting 'Turbo.'"