Amazon has ordered two new kids series. The first is the animated comedy Bug Diaries — inspired by Doreen Cronin’s book series. The show features bug friends Fly, Worm, and Spider on their big adventures through their tiny world.
Amazon has also ordered a live-action reboot of Sid & Marty Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. It follows brothers Johnny and Scotty (Solomon Stewart and Kyle Breitkopf), and their cousin Robyn (Rebecca Bloom), who befriend Sigmund the friendly sea-monster (Drew Massey). David Arquette stars as Captain Barnabas, the sea-monster hunter.
The original Sigmund and the Sea Monsters ran for two season on NBC, between 1973 and 1975. Johnny Whitaker, Scott C. Kolden, Billy Barty, Mary Wickes, Sharon Baird, Van Snowden, Larry Larsen, Paul Gale, and Joe Higgins starred.
Learn more from this Amazon press release.
Amazon Studios Orders Two New Original Kids Series Bug Diaries and Sid & Marty Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Exclusively for Prime Video
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SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 29, 2016– (NASDAQ: AMZN)— Amazon Studios today announced it has ordered two new Amazon Original Kids Series including animated series Bug Diaries, based on a best-selling children’s book series, and live-action series Sid & Marty Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, based on the classic Saturday morning television series from the 1970s.
“We are so excited to bring this beloved series, Bug Diaries, to our customers that highlights important life lessons for our young viewers,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We also look forward to reviving the classic Sigmund and the Sea Monsters that has a strong message of friendship.”
The Bug Diaries is an animated comedy series for preschoolers based on the witty children’s books by best-selling author Doreen Cronin and best-selling Illustrator Harry Bliss. The show follows a comic trio of slimy, crawly, and buzzy bug friends whose tiny world offers up huge adventures. Pairing kid-personalities with incredible bug abilities, the series will give us a mile-high look at the world through Fly’s compound eyes, let us squirm in Worm’s “footsteps”, and literally hang around with Spider as they record their adventures, each in their own way, in their bug diaries.
Sid & Marty Krofft present Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, a live action show for children ages 6 to 11, based on their classic Saturday morning series from the 1970s. The show is centered on two brothers, Johnny and Scotty, who along with their cousin Robyn befriend Sigmund, a friendly young sea-monster who escapes from his old life and his comically dysfunctional brothers Slurp and Blurp. Now, using a Clubhouse as their hiding place, the gang must keep Sigmund safe from an ambitious sea-monster hunter Captain Barnabas. The show is executive produced by Sid & Marty Krofft (H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost) with the pilot directed by Jonathan Judge (The Thundermans, School of Rock) and starring David Arquette (Scream, Jake and the Neverland Pirates) as Captain Barnabas. Garrett Frawley and Brian Turner (Santa Baby) wrote the new teleplay based on the classic series.
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