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Netflix original Skylanders series to bow next month

The first series from Activision Blizzard Studios, Skylanders Academy, will make its exclusive worldwide Netflix premiere October 28.
September 22, 2016

Video game-based animated kids series Skylanders Academy—the first project from Activision Blizzard’s new film and TV studio—will be available to stream exclusively for Netflix members worldwide on October 28.

The extension of Activision Blizzard’s record-breaking, toys-to-life video game franchise follows the adventures of popular Skylanders characters Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz as they team up and use their elemental-based powers to protect the Skylands universe from the evil forces of Kaos and the Doom Raiders.

Skylanders Academy is showrun by Eric Rogers (Futurama) and features the voices of Justin Long (Alvin and the Chipmunks) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) as Eruptor and Norm MacDonald (Saturday Night Live) as Glumshanks.

Netflix expects to stream season two in late 2017.

Season one will follow the October 16 North American Toys “R” Us launch of Activision Publishing’s newest iteration of the Skylanders game franchise, Skylanders Imaginators, which will let kids customize their own heroes and villains for the first time.

Activision Blizzard is coming off better-than-expected Q2 2016 financial results, which saw record quarterly digital revenues of more than US$1 billion. The company is banking on its latest Skylanders iteration to breathe more life into the struggling toys-to-life category that saw Disney Infinity exit the segment earlier this year, leading to more job cuts at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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