Comcast synergy is starting to pay off for Universal Kids. The US TV channel is preparing to add a full slate of animated DreamWorks TV shows, including a new series based on the Where’s Waldo? books.
Set to launch in fall 2019, the new show follows Waldo and Wenda: members of the Worldwide Wanderer Society, the international order of curious travellers who circle the globe celebrating cultures and solving problems through observation. Their mentor, Wizard Longbeard, a seasoned wanderer, sends these inquisitive young adventurers on international travel missions so they can earn their stripes and someday become wizard-level wanderers too. But standing in their way is their rival Odlulu, who can’t help but cause trouble wherever she goes.
Universal Kids is also adding a raft of DreamWorks productions previously exclusive to Netflix in the United States. The channel is adding The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show this month, All Hail King Julien in November, The Adventures of Puss in Boots in January 2019, Dragons: Race to the Edge in February 2019, DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk, Home Adventures with Tip & Oh as well as Noddy Toyland Detective in March 2019, and Dinotrux in April 2019.
DreamWorks acquired the rights to Where’s Waldo? (known in Britain as Where’s Wally?) when it purchased Classic Media in 2012. Since first being published in 1987, Martin Handford’s puzzle book series has sold over 70 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 30 languages. It previously inspired an animated series in 1991 by DIC Entertainment.
“We couldn’t ask for a better partner than DreamWorks Animation Television, and we are incredibly proud that Universal Kids has become a destination for some of their greatest content,” said Deirdre Brennan, General Manager, Universal Kids. “Where’s Waldo? has tremendous equity around the world, and the ability to bring a character like Waldo to life on screen for a new generation is incredible. These shows speak to our commitment to deliver outstanding content that families can experience together.”