Friday, 20 May 2016

Exclusive Kids Content on Netflix UK and Ireland.

Netflix has changed so much from their original business model, it's staggering. Over the last number of years they've introduced their own branded shows to their library, and it seems that these shows overshadow some of the classic stuff they have. But they're not content to just provide for the grown ups in the house; the little ones are covered too. Not only that, but the fact that these are Netflix's shows that they produce, there's no danger of the disappearing from the service. This month, I'll be taking a look at some of Netflix's own kids shows.

Dinotrux.

"Dinotrux" is based on a series of illustrated Children's books by Chris Gall. It's the adventures of Ty, a Tyrannosaurus Trux, and Revvit, a Reptool. It's feels like a hybrid of two staples of the old "Transformers" cartoons - the Constructicons and the Dinobots, but it has a lot of heart to it, particularly the friendship between Ty and Revvit. There's an evil Tyrannosaurus Trux in here too names D-Structs, who tries to sabotage the work of the Dinotrux whenever possible. 

Popples.

A revamped and updated version of the 80's cartoon, the basics are pretty much the same but as you can see from the poster above, there's a modern twist to it. It's a colourful little show that doesn't have a huge amount of educational value to it, but serves better as a distraction for the little ones.

Dragons: Race to the Edge.

Set some time before "How to Train to Dragon 2", "Dragons: Race to the Edge" features most of the voice cast that you'll recognise from the movies, and while not everyone makes it back the replacement voice actors are more than capable. This tells the story of the events leading up to the second "Dragon" film, which involves Hiccup and Toothless explore the world beyond the border of Berk. It's not all fun and games though, as they find themselves being tracked by the Dragon Hunters along the way. If you enjoyed the movies, this show is right up you, or your kids' alley.

Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship.

There's two different versions of Lego Friends on Netflix. This version (the Netflix branded one), while only featuring two episodes, is a very well animated show that features some good messages for kids in relation to teamwork and friendship, and will encourage kids to get active as both episodes are based around exercise and outdoor activities (camping and basketball). 

Kong: King of the Apes. 

Rather than go back and retell the classic Kong story, what we have here is a futuristic vision of King Kong. In this version of the story, Kong is framed for wrecking the Natural History and Marine Preserve located on Alcatraz Island. Kong isn't all bad though, as it transpires that he was framed and has to go on the run to clear his name. This is a really fun show that features the classic trope of kids teaming up with the monstrous hero to help him stop the evil genius that framed him.



*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this I received a complimentary subscription for one year & an Apple TV (Box).  All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........



4 comments:

  1. Have yet to watch Popples, I can imagine the big kid will be highly addicted. We love lego friends though :)

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    1. Popples is so colourful. Lego friends is all I'm seeing the last few days on our telly haha

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  2. We haven't watched any of these yet, but mine are delighted that Masha and the Bear is on Netflix, they're addicts!!

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    1. We must check out Masha and the Bear next, thanks Sharon :-)

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