Skylanders Expanding to the World of Television; New Series Premiering on Netflix This Fall
For several years, Activision’s Skylanders series has pioneered the world of toys-to-life gaming with its line of figurines and many popular games, with the franchise to expand its reach into the world of television with a new animated series to premiere this fall.
In a press release, Activision-Blizzard Studios announced a new television series based on the franchise called Skylanders Academy, which will officially premiere through Netflix in Fall 2016 as the first series from the studio that will produce “original content based on the company’s intellectual property.”
The series has been confirmed for a two-season order with Netflix, with the series to be produced by showrunner Eric Rogers (“Futurama”). The voice cast confirmed so far for the series includes actors Justin Long (“Alvin and the Chipmunks”), Ashley Tisdale (“Phineas and Ferb”), Johnathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”), Norm MacDonald (“Saturday Night Live”), and many others taking on the series’ most popular characters.
Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick explained in a statement that “over the last five years, million of families around the world have welcome Skylanders characters into their homes,” while adding that “now, they’ll be able to watch their favorite characters come to life on Netflix” with the introduction of Skylanders Academy.
Co-president Stacey Sher also explained in a statement that the new series “gives us the opportunity to approach narrative storytelling with the same level of quality and excellence that millions of Skylanders fans have come to expect from the game,” and that the team have “worked hard to bring these characters to life with stories our fans will love.”
Skylanders Academy will debut on Netflix with its first season in Fall 2016.