Amazon has ordered two new kids’ TV series, based on Costume Quest and Pete the Cat.
Based on the smash video game series by Double Fine Productions (Psychonoauts, Broken Age), and the world originally created by Tasha Sounart, Costume Quest is a funny and mysterious animated series aimed at six to 11-year-olds. The show follows four kids facing off against the dark forces lurking in the shadows of their sleepy town of Auburn Pines. To overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, they must learn to unlock and master the magical powers of supernormal costumes — with each costume comes a new set of transformations and powers.
The series is executive produced by Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) who also serves as story editor, as well as Frederator Studios’ Fred Seibert (The Fairly OddParents), Kevin Kolde (Adventure Time) and Eric Homan (Adventure Time). Costume Quest is produced at Frederator Studios, a WOW! Unlimited Media Company.
Pete the Kid is also an animated show, adapted from the award-winning book series by illustrator/creator and consulting producer James Dean. It follows Pete the Cat, the coolest cat ever and his groovy guide to life—from rockin’ out with his guitar to riding a skateboard. The series is a co-production with Alcon Television Group and will be developed by Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (Phineas and Ferb) and Appian Way production company.
Harper Collins has published more than 34 Pete the Cat books, which have been translated into 13 languages and received 18 literacy awards, including the Theodore Geisel Seuss Award.
Slated to voice as Pete’s parents are musical luminaries Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. Marsh will executive produce along with Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, and Laura Lancaster, as well as Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson. Alcon’s Ben Roberts will produce, with Appian Way’s Nathaniel Posey signed on to co-produce.
The 14-episode run has been ordered straight-to-series, bypassing Amazon’s using pilot-oriented process.
“The creative talent behind Pete the Cat and Costume Quest have a sensibility and pedigree that will resonate well with our customers,” says Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We are thrilled to be working with such innovative and visionary thinkers in the business.”
Both series will debut on Amazon Prime Video next year.