An attorney reminded me this morning how Microsoft's stab at doing original programs didn't achieve lift off. Not so for this internet giant.
Amazon's first pilot season of 2015 will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the U.S., U.K. and Germany, it was announced Tuesday.
The slate of 13 shows includes ... four animated shows and two live-action programs. The animated shows include Buddy: Tech Detective (created in part by Fraggle Rock, The Magic School Bus and Angelina Ballerina writer Jocelyn Stevenson); Sara Solves It, an animated musical from Curious George and Arthur executive producer Carol Greenwald and Blue's Clues and Wishenpoof! writer Angela C. Santomero with animation production handled by DHX (Inspector Gadget); and Nikeo and the Sword of Light, based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, which worked on character and concept designs for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3. ...
The last couple of years has seen an explosion of small-screen cartoons. Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. and Viacom are all creating more product. Hasbro continues in the game, and while DreamWorks Animation is cutting back on feature staff and feature output, it is going pedal-to-the-metal with half-hour television (and will be for the next few years).
Amazon is now in the race, competing with Netflix and others. This is a good thing, because you can never have too much animation production.