Netflix is beefing up its original programming, this time with kid-friendly animated shows that will premiere this summer and into 2016.
The subscription service announced four new animated shows this week, including an update on the Tarzan and Jane tale from Edgar Rice Burroughs and a preschool series from Cirque du Soleil Media called "Luna Petunia." These series are in addition to previously announced original kids' shows that will launch or have launched on Netflix.
The first of the newly announced series will be "Puffin Rock," another preschool series that's set on an island off the coast of Ireland. The series, which launches on Sept. 1, follows a young puffin named Oona and her little brother Baba as they explore the sea, sky and creatures surrounding them.
In 2016, "Tarzan and Jane" and "Kulipari: An Army of Frogs" will appear on the subscription service menu. In "Tarzan and Jane," 16-year-old Tarzan moves from the jungle to a London boarding school where he has to learn to adjust. "Kulipari" follows poisonous frogs, scorpions and spiders who have to go to war in order to stay in power and ensure the survival of their world.
"Luna Petunia," pictured above, is scheduled to debut in Fall 2016. Another preschool series, "Luna Petunia" features a little girl who explores a vibrant dreamland where she learns to challenge the impossible.
The new shows are part of a larger Netflix strategy to grow its audience and appeal to preschool and grade-school viewers, as well as their parents, with commercial-free entertainment, according to the New York Times. In addition to original series, Netflix also works with partners including PBS, the Disney Channel and DreamWorks Animation to make a variety of series available.
In fact, kicking off on June 26 is "Dragons: Race to the Edge," pictured below, a new Netflix original series from DreamWorks Animation that follows the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless from the "How to Train Your Dragon" film franchise.