There's about to be a lot more StoryBots on Netflix! The streaming giant recently announced they have acquired the award-winning children's media brand StoryBots, the company behind the children's show of the same name. StoryBots was founded by JibJab creators Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, and while there has been no release of financial details, the deal is said to "significantly expand the universe of the beloved StoryBots, building on the characters that kids across the globe now know and love."
The good news for StoryBots fans is that Netflix is promising to bring more of the beloved characters to the streaming platform, an expanding the StoryBots universe. Parents will be thrilled to see more of the educational programming available to their children. Ask the StoryBots, the Netflix original animated series is about to enter its third season later this year and has seen its audience grown since its debut in 2016. Children and parents are engaged by the use of 2D, 3D, claymation, stop motion and even live-action formats presented in the show. The show, which engages kids as they learn the answers to questions like "why is the sky blue?" and "how does the night happen?" has featured a wide range of guest stars including Snoop Dogg, Edward Norton, Whoopi Goldberg, and Wanda Sykes.
“Ask The StoryBots has a proven track record of synthesizing complex subjects into bite-sized lessons that are funny and entertaining for young kids and satisfying for parents,” vice president of original animation, Melissa Cobb said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome Gregg and Evan into the Netflix family and look forward to building out the wonderful and whimsical StoryBots world, finding new ways to delight our growing member base of families around the world.”
The Spiridellis are equally excited to be a part of the Netflix family. “Together with Netflix, our goal is to make StoryBots the leading educational entertainment brand for connected kids and families globally,” they said in a statement about the acquisition. “We want kids from Argentina to Zambia growing up laughing and learning with StoryBots that feel native to their culture. We see this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring something epically good into the world.”
Netflix states that this new acquisition will see the expansion of the StoryBots original programming to include additional series and even short form specials. The content will still be quality and relevant to each unique audience as they are committed to engaging "creative teams, subject matter experts, and educational consultants to help ensure that the educational content they are producing for StoryBots is relevant around the world."
This acquisition shows Netflix's commitment to providing quality educational preschool programming that parents can be happy with their children streaming.