Sky boosts kids’ line-up with DreamWorks Animation series
James R | On 20, Oct 2020
Sky is boosting its kids’ TV line-up through a new deal with DreamWorks Animation.
The partnership with NBCUniversal will bring a wave of familiar franchise characters to Sky TV screens, including new and original spin-off shows based on DreamWorks’ feature films. The deal includes series inspired by How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and Madagascar.
Sky and NOW customers in the UK and Ireland will enjoy exclusive access to the premieres of Madagascar: A Little Wild, TrollsTopia and Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky. Customers can also look forward to a number of programmes initially produced for Netflix, including All Hail King Julien, Home Adventures with Tip & Oh and Dawn of the Croods. Whether these titles will eventually leave Netflix to become Sky exclusives is not yet clear.
The shows will be available at weekends on Sky One at no extra cost, as well as on-demand via the Sky Kids Pack and through the Sky Kids App, as well as the NOW Kids Membership.
Stephen van Rooyen, EVP & CEO UK & Europe, said: “Our new partnership with NBCUniversal brings an impressive range of family favourites from DreamWorks Animation to Sky and NOW customers. Adding DreamWorks’ loveable stories of dreams, journeys and heroes alongside our originals and our partner content means customers can access the content they love, all in one place – easy. Families are spending more time at home than ever before – as kids and adults alike love Dreamworks characters, hopefully this will help them enjoy more moments together.”
They join more than 5,000 episodes of on-demand content from partners Viacom and Turner, and a host of Sky Kids Originals such as Moominvalley and Morph. Kids can also watch favourites like Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, SpongeBob Squarepants and the Amazing World of Gumball.
Here’s the line-up of new first-look shows:
Madagascar: A Little Wild
Lovable foursome Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo steal the show in Madagascar: A Little Wild. Capturing the iconic personalities of each of the four dynamos, Madagascar: A Little Wild showcases the team as kids residing in their rescue habitat at the Central Park Zoo. They might be small, but like everybody who lands in New York City, these little guys have big dreams and Madagascar: A Little Wild will follow all of their adventures.
The Mighty Ones
The Mighty Ones follows the hilarious adventures of the smallest of them: a twig, a pebble, a leaf and a strawberry who call themselves “the Mighty Ones.” These best friends live in an unkempt backyard belonging to a trio of equally unkempt humans who they mistake for gods. Despite their diminutive stature, The Mighty Ones are determined to live large and have fun in their wild world.
Inspired by the beloved DreamWorks Animation films, TrollsTopia is the next chapter in the hair-raising adventures of the trolls. Now that Poppy knows there are other musical trolls scattered throughout the forest, she bottles up her endless positivity and invites delegates from every troll tribe in the forest to live together in harmony in a grand experiment she calls TrollsTopia!
Cleopatra In Space
Cleopatra in Space is the untold story of Cleopatra’s teenage years when she is transported to a future galaxy that is ruled by talking cats and discovers that she is the prophesied saviour. In order to prepare her to be the saviour, she is sent to an elite academy where she has to train to take on the bad guys, figure out how to eventually get herself back home to Egypt, and tackle the highs
Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky
In a faraway corner of the vast and exciting Viking world, live ten-year-old Dak and his twin sister Leyla and five young dragons: Winger, Summer, Cutter, Burple and Aggro. Raised among these dragons friends, Dak and Leyla also developed the unique ability to undersand and speak with dragons. Together, the twins and their dragons go on exciting adventures, rescuing, defending and protecting other dragons while also helping out their adopted home of Huttsgalor!