Amazon orders kids originals Bug Diaries and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
James R | On 30, Nov 2016
Amazon has ordered two new kids originals series: Bug Diaries and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.
The Bug Diaries is an animated comedy series for preschoolers based on the books by best-selling author Doreen Cronin and best-selling Illustrator Harry Bliss. The show follows a comic trio of slimy, crawly, and buzzy bug friends whose tiny world offers up huge adventures. Pairing kid-personalities with incredible bug abilities, the series will give us a mile-high look at the world through Fly’s compound eyes, let us squirm in Worm’s “footsteps”, and literally hang around with Spider as they record their adventures, each in their own way, in their bug diaries.
A live-action series, Sid & Marty Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters is based on the Saturday morning TV series from the 1970s. It was part of Amazon’s recent pilot series, in which members of the public can watch and rate pilots of potential originals to help Amazon decide which to commission.
For children ages 6 to 11, the show is centered on two brothers, Johnny and Scotty, who along with their cousin Robyn befriend Sigmund, a friendly young sea-monster, who escapes from his old life and his comically dysfunctional brothers Slurp and Blurp. Now, using a Clubhouse as their hiding place, the gang must keep Sigmund safe from an ambitious sea-monster hunter Captain Barnabas.
The show is executive produced by Sid & Marty Krofft (H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost) with the pilot directed by Jonathan Judge (The Thundermans, School of Rock) and starring David Arquette (Scream, Jake and the Neverland Pirates) as Captain Barnabas. Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner (Santa Baby) wrote the new teleplay based on the classic series.
“We are so excited to bring this beloved series, Bug Diaries, to our customers that highlights important life lessons for our young viewers,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We also look forward to reviving the classic Sigmund and the Sea Monsters that has a strong message of friendship.”