Amazon Prime picks up new DreamWorks Rocky and Bullwinkle, Kung Fu Panda series
DreamWorks Animation Television has announced two new shows debuting exclusively on Amazon Prime Video: The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny. In a Toon Barn exclusive, readers first caught wind of the new moose and squirrel series earlier this year.
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is a 2D comedy about two goofball best friends — the world famous talking moose and flying squirrel — who routinely find themselves thrust into harrowing situations but end up saving the day time and again. As Rocky and Bullwinkle’s innocent and silly ambitions to become rock stars or find lost treasure end up dovetailing with Fearless Leader’s sinister plans to take over the world, our heroes are set on a collision course with his notorious super spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale.
The series is executive produced by Scott Fellows (The Fairly OddParents, Big Time Rush) and Tiffany Ward, daughter of the original series producer Jay Ward, and features Tara Strong (The Powerpuff Girls, Teen Titans Go!) as the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel, Brad Norman (America’s Most Haunted) as Bullwinkle J. Moose, Ben Diskin (Hey Arnold!) as Boris Badenov, Rachel Butera (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Natasha Fatale, Piotr Michael (Impress Me, MADtv) as Fearless Leader, and Daran Norris (The Fairly OddParents) as Narrator. The show is animated by DHX Studios Vancouver.
The series will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers on May 11th in the U.S., U.K., Germany, India and Japan. It marks the first major outing for the characters in years.
Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, an epic adventure series from Emmy Award-winning executive producers Mitch Watson (All Hail King Julien) and Elliott Owen (All Hail King Julien), and Lane Lueras (The Adventures of Puss in Boots). When four panda kids stumble upon a mystical cave beneath Panda Village, accidentally absorbing the chi of ancient and powerful kung fu warriors known as the Four Constellations, they must realize a destiny to save the world from an evil force. Meanwhile, Po finds himself faced with his biggest challenge yet — teaching this ragtag band of kids how to wield their newfound powers.
The new show will launch later this year on Amazon in over 200 countries. It’s the second TV series inspired by the Kung Fu Panda movie trilogy. The first, Legends of Awesomeness, ran for 80 episodes on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons between 2011 and 2016.
While the company continues to maintain a formidable slate for the service, these two shows heading to Amazon Prime, coupled with the recent announcements for Universal Kids, indicates DreamWorks Animation Television is slowly moving away from working exclusively with Netflix. In 2013, the animation company partnered with the streaming giant on a long-term deal that would deliver over 300 hours of content to the service. In the years since that agreement was made, DreamWorks was acquired by Comcast.