Turbo FAST will race onto Netflix UK on Christmas Eve, marking the service’s first ever original kids TV series.
The show, produced by DreamWorks Animation, is part of Netflix’s exclusive deal with the studio, which will see over 300 hours of new TV episodes, starring big screen characters such as Shrek, added across several years.
Turbo and his Fast Action Stunt Team are the first to make their small screen debut, challenging the world to “snail up!” on Tuesday, 24th December at 12:01 AM PT in all Netflix territories.
The first Netflix original show for younger viewers is a landmark step for the company for another reason too: binge-viewing is not being encouraged. Families will be able to stream the first five episodes this festive season, with additional all new episodes premiering “throughout the year”, Netflix has announced.
Turbo FAST is a high-octane ensemble comedy, which sees Turbo and his adrenaline-fuelled crew go on daring new adventures, race on the coolest tracks, and take on the craziest challengers.
Stunt Team members – Turbo, Whiplash, Burn, Smoove Move, White Shadow, Skidmark and Chet – already have young fans following their appearance in the DreamWorks Animation feature film Turbo, which opened in cinemas around the globe earlier this year and has already grossed more than $280 million. The TV show will use 2D design to create a stylised look reflective of the Stunt Team’s fast-paced, souped-up world.
Reid Scott from Veep lends his voice to show’s title character, and comedian Ken Jeong reprises his role from the feature film as manicurist-turned-home-shopping-icon Kim Ly.
“We’ve long said that Netflix is revolutionising the television industry and now we are thrilled to officially be a part of it,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. “They have been fantastic partners whose vision has given our characters an amazing platform to be enjoyed by families around the world.”
“We are excited to be working with the gifted storytellers at DreamWorks Animation to deliver Turbo FAST, our first original kids series, to families around the world this holiday season,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.
“With new episodes on their way in the coming months, kids will have something to look forward to all year.”