Big adventure brands and non-verbal preschool shows were all the rage among broadcasters and platforms looking to keep kids engaged in January.
Disney XD renewed Japanese studio OLM’s Beyblade Burst for a fifth season that will premiere on February 20. Titled Beyblade Burst Surge, the new 26 x 22-minute animated adventure will also launch on the DisneyNOW app starting this month in the US. The fresh season centers around two brothers who challenge Beyblade pros. Distributed by New York-based ADK Emotions, the show first premiered on DisneyXD in the US in 2016.
Building out its portfolio of non-dialogue kids content, Netflix renewed UK studio 3D Sparrow’s animated series Booba (pictured) for a third season. The preschool show revolves around a curious little creature who gets into all manner of comedic situations. The new 26 x five-minute season will see Booba and his friends travel through time. Netflix has also picked up the brand’s two-minute short “Food Puzzle,” which tags along as Booba makes a meal.
Treehouse (Canada) and Discovery Kids (LatAm) snagged the second season of Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe (52 x 11 minutes) from Toronto-based prodco redknot. Production on season two of the preschool series starts this spring, with a premiere scheduled for 2022. Based on the Kids Can Press graphic novels, Agent Binky follows a team of animals who have to protect their human families from robots, aliens and other threats. Redknot is a joint-venture between Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana and Discovery.
Corus Entertainment’s kids channel Teletoon has renewed Nelvana/Spin Master/TMS Entertainment co-pro Bakugan for a third season. Bakugan: Geogan Rising (52 x 11 minutes) premiered at the end of January on Teletoon, and also launched on VOD platform StackTV. The action show tracks a team of heroes who discover new types of creatures to join their quest to become the best Bakugan brawlers.
Finally, Dutch pubcaster NPO has ordered a second season of non-verbal preschool short series Allie the Ellie from local prodco Art Wise. The new 13 x one-minute season will launch in March on the NPO Zappelin kids programming block. Allie the Ellie stars an elephant who explores a magical world with her animal friends. NPO picked up the first season in January 2020.