Netflix has another TV show coming soon that children will love, thanks to a new deal with Activision Blizzard for Skylanders Academy, the first TV show based on the toys-to-life video game franchise.
It will premiere on Netflix sometime this fall. We don’t know yet if the series will be shown elsewhere at a later date. It’s a big win for Netflix as it seeks to build a broader, more attractive portfolio of shows for kids. This is one they will freak over.
Skylanders pioneered the toys-to-life genre. Others have followed, like Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions. But Skylanders has endured by adding new ideas every year. In fact, the next installment, Imaginators, will let players build their own Skylanders heroes from scratch. We also recently learned that Crash Bandicoot will be joining the game’s cast of characters.
Naturally, the Skylanders TV show will focus on the game’s most recognizable characters. Justin Long is voicing Spyro, Ashley Tisdale is Stealth Elf and Jonathan Banks is Eruptor. Eric Rogers, who worked on Futurama, will be showrunner. Kids are going to love this and beg their parents to watch. Thirteen episodes are scheduled for the fall, followed by a second season in 2017.