London-based entertainment company Outfit7 has ordered a second 52 x 11-minute season of its CGI-animated YouTube series Talking Tom and Friends.
The new season from Outfit7 and Austrian studio arx anima is scheduled to premiere in 2017, and will see the return of the show’s celebrity-infused voice cast featuring Fargo‘s Colin Hanks (Tom), SpongeBob‘s Tom Kenny (Hank), as well as YouTube star Lisa Schwartz (Party Girl), James Adomian (Gravity Falls) and Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite, WordGirl).
Head writer Tom Martin (WordGirl, The Simpsons) will also be back for season two.
In the meantime, new weekly episodes of the first season will return to YouTube next month following a summer break.
Since launching online in April 2015, the series has amassed more than 820 million views on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app.
The original Talking Tom IP was introduced as an app in 2010 and has since grown into a global franchise comprised of consumer products, the YouTube series and a suite of apps and games that have racked up 4.7 billion downloads to date.
Outfit7′s most recent game launch, infinite runner Talking Tom Gold Run, has also found success on the mobile market.