Netflix and Saban are joining forces to create an original kids TV series, Popples.
The animated series is based on Saban’s line of toys first introduced in 1985 – when they also inspired a popular Saturday morning television show. Now, Netflix will take viewers back to the “colourful world of Popplopolis” with 26 half-hour episodes.
The show will “re-imagine the nostalgic adorable species of brightly colored creatures”, which “transform from fluffy balls to furry friends and back again”.
Forget modern toys and 21st century words such as “BFF”. This throwback to the 1980s critters will follow the adventures of four Best Popple Pals (BPPs): Bubbles, Sunny, Lulu, Izzy and Yikes, and feature words such as “POP-tastic”.
“We look forward to debuting this new Popples series to children around the world,” said Haim Saban, Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group and founder of Saban Brands. ”Netflix continues to be a great strategic partner, delivering compelling content that kids can enjoy anywhere and everywhere. With the global reach of Netflix, we know Popples will reach a whole new generation of kids that will love it as much as their parents.”
“Saban Brands has made history producing iconic and globally recognizable kids shows like Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation and the new Julius Jr. series,” added Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “We are excited to expand the relationship we enjoy together around the world with the launch of Popples as a new Netflix original series for kids.”
Popples will begin in late 2015.