If you dread letting your kids stay up to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve – only to then deal with their nightmarish, sleep-deprived tantrums the next day, Netflix may have just the solution you need. Consider it a little New Year's gift of sorts.
On Monday, the streaming site released a video that will help parents everywhere trick their kids into believing it's midnight – no matter what time it is. Okay, so maybe don't play it at 2 in the afternoon, but you can find the countdown in various time-zones in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and France. The animated, three-minute-long video titled "King Julien New Year's Eve Countdown" stars the adorable King Julien character from "Madagascar." (For Netflix fans, he's also the star of the Netflix-only spin-off series, "All Hail King Julien.")
The video essentially works as a countdown in which King Julien asks, "Is it almost midnight yet?" and then says, "Who cares? It's midnight somewhere! That means it's time for the New Year's countdown!" (Yes, he pulls the 'ole "it's five o'clock somewhere"-inspired routine.)
According to a survey led by Wakefield Research, which was commissioned by Netflix, 36 percent of American parents said they'd actually be inclined to choose a countdown from a different time zone, in order to trick their kids into thinking it's midnight earlier than it truly is. (A genius plan if we ever heard one.) Another 22 percent said they would stage their own countdown, whatever that means.
Are you at all tempted to trick your kids with King Julien's video?