Here's a fun and entertaining way to introduce the music of "the greatest band of all time" to your young kids.
Netflix, Thunderbird, Beyond Screen Production and Grace: A Storytelling Company (Grace) announced recently that the highly anticipated children’s series BEAT BUGS will come to Netflix this summer.
BEAT BUGS features original characters and a world created by Josh Wakely, who will direct, write and produce the series, following a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for worldwide rights to record covers of The Beatles song catalogue for this production.
BEAT BUGS incorporates songs from the Lennon/McCartney ‘Northern Songs’ catalogue, to tell uplifting and life-affirming stories filled with hope and melody. World-leading artists, animators and writers have come together to work on this extraordinary show.
The BEAT BUGS are charming, funny, adventurous, and have a knack for getting themselves into mischief and mayhem. Each of the five friends (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz, and Walter) has a distinctive personality, and they display the charm and energy of five knockabout, lovable kids. They are best friends who band together to explore and learn in an overgrown suburban backyard, which to them is their entire universe.
The show will feature over 50 of the most well-known The Beatles songs woven into the narrative of each episode, with Eddie Vedder (Magical Mystery Tour), Sia (Blackbird), Chris Cornell (Drive My Car), James Bay, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Regina Spektor and James Corden each recording their rendition of an iconic song. Further artists joining the project are expected to be announced in the coming months. Here's a first look at the video featuring P!nk and her version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds:
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"Personally I'm very grateful to be part of Josh's vision,” said Eddie Vedder. “A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written.”“It’s a rare occasion to be presented with a truly one-of-a-kind children’s show that is so perfectly suited to Netflix,” said Andy Yeatman, director of original kid’s content at Netflix. “Josh and his team have not only developed a compelling children’s show filled with life lessons, but they’ve built a show that will transcend generations and have parents and grandparents enjoying right alongside their little ones.”
BEAT BUGS will be available for streaming on Netflix starting August 3, 2016.