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Netflix to Roll Out Four Animated Kids Shows

Netflix is looking to boost its kids-targeted programming lineup with four new animated series set to debut over the next 12 months, the OTT service said Wednesday.

The new series include Kulipari: An Army of Frogs, based on a trilogy of books created by football star Trevor Pryce inspired by his childhood fear of frogs; and Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan and Jane,a new take on the iconic characters Tarzan and Jane in which a 16 year-old Tarzan returns from the African jungle to attend a London boarding school.

Two new series targeting pre-schoolers included Puffin Rock, a pre-school focused series in which two siblings explore the diverse array of sea, sky, land and underground creatures; and Cirque du Soleil - Luna Petunia (pictured), which follows a girl who lives in our world but plays in a dreamland where she learns how to make the impossible possible, said Netflix officials.

Netflix will also add three new first-run exclusive series including Russian-produced Masha and the Bear, Canadian-based The Day My Butt Went Psycho, and Norwegian pre-school series Elias.

"We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with such a diverse group of creative talent on these new Netflix series for kids," says Erik Barmack, Netflix vice president of Global Independent Content in a statement. "The flexibility of our platform allows us to continually bring the best TV shows from around the world to our members, and these titles compliment and extend what we currently offer - particularly for preschoolers and grade school adventure fans."