Meet Mack, Moxy, Bookaboo & Ladybug

We’ve got new and upcoming kids’ programming to tell you about on both subscription and free streaming outlets.

Netflix

Premiering tomorrow, October 1, Mack & Moxy aims at 3-7 year-olds with 12 episodes tackling such issues as autism inclusion, literacy, hunger, wildlife preservation, emergency preparedness, STEM Education, the power of play, the great outdoors, seat belt safety, physical fitness and healthy eating. Each 14-minute episode is produced in association with a major non-profit organization like the National Park Foundation, Easter Seals, the World Wildlife Fund and the American Red Cross. The series, which has also been running on PBS stations, includes animation, live action and music. Here’s a trailer:

Amazon Prime

Bookaboo is a pre-school series that combines animation, live action and puppetry with the aim of getting children and adults to read together. Each episode features a celebrity guest sharing his favorite picture book with the title character, a puppy drama. The guests include Paula Abdul (American Idol), Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), Molly Parker (House of Cards), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Emily Van Camp (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Selma Blair (Legally Blonde), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Guillermo Diaz (Scandal), WWE Wrestler Adam Copeland, NASA Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, and NFL player Antonio Brown. That makes at least 11 episodes, all of which will be available starting Friday, October 28. Bookaboo has already been a successful series in the UK and other countries for several years, so here’s British singer-songwriter Kate Nash reading the The Worst Princess to Bookable:

YouTube

Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, a French animated series that runs Saturday mornings on Nickelodeon in the US, now offers webisodes via a YouTube channel that launched this week. The first 10 webisodes, five of which have already been posted, “will utilize the 3D animation imagery sharing the personal thoughts and secret diary entries of Marinette, narrated by Christina Vee, the voice of Ladybug/Marinette in the TV series.” Another “wave” of webisodes promises to “reveal a new ‘fan-created’ 2D stylized look that will greatly extend the Parisian story world.” Here’s an example from the first “wave”:

 

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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