We were provided the screener for all 10 episodes of the upcoming Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts from DreamWorks Animation that will drop on Netflix on January 14, 2020. Opinions of the show are our own.
Take a look at the trailer for the show and then I’ll tell you what I thought of it.
Imagine living your whole life underground because the surface is too dangerous. You and your family and all surviving humans live in secret burrows. Then one day your burrow is attacked and you are thrust into the surface world, alone and scared. What do you do?
That is the situation that our main character Kipo finds herself in immediately as we begin the show Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts. Kipo is an inquisitive, open, and slightly naive 12 year old girl. She is also very smart and musically inclined. He fear turns to curiosity almost immediately as she begins to explore this surface world. It becomes very obvious that she is going to need help, though.
Kipo does find her help, though in the form of friends that she makes along the way. There is Mandu a mutant pig, Wolf, a tough as nails surface human and then there are Benson and Dave. We aren’t quite sure of their motives at first. Each episode explores along more of the mystery as Kipo attempts to be reunited with her father, Lio Oak played by Sterling K. Brown.
The voice talent in this show is amazing. Kipo is voiced by Karen Fukuhara and my kids know her best as the voice of Glimmer from another DreamWorks Animation show, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. They were hooked in immediately.
Around every corner Kipo finds something strange and fantastic. She meet the Timbercats and it is so much fun. I loved the interaction between Kipo and all the Timbercats. There are some great moments there. I do not want to spoil anything about the show for you because it is a wild and fun ride. I will mention that while I have no clue who half the performers are for the music, I loved it. The music in this show is like a character itself. There are some spot on amazing moments around music.
I am a fan of the FAST & FURIOUS movie franchise. This super fast, super flashy and super stunt filled set of movies is now getting a version for the younger crowd. A new series on NEtflix is set to debut on December 26th, FAST & FURIOUS: SPY RACERS. This animated series follows the cousin of Dom Torreto, Tony Torreto. One can only hope that in at least one episode Vin Diesel will grant his gravelly voice to the character of Dom and seal this series as complete canon into the world of FAST & FURIOUS. It would be so perfect if he did. Plus he would be working with his daughter Similce Diesel. There are so many people who could guest star in an episode and work with the kids. Check out the trailer below and see what the action looks like.
I hope that we see the theme of family within this series. Family is everything was a huge part of the FAST & FURIOUS movies. I am pretty sure that Dreamworks will do this right and make family of central importance.
Here’s some official word on the show and what it will be all about. Also, I should be getting some screeners to check out the show early and will be posting my thoughts for you.
“The exciting adventure series for kids features the voice talents of Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) as Dom’s younger cousin turned spy racer Tony Toretto, Camille Ramsey (American Vandal) as the formidable Layla Gray, a notable underground racer who works for SH1FT3R, Luke Youngblood (Harry Potter) as Frostee Benson, a 13-year old tech genius, Charlet Chung (Overwatch) as Echo, a master artist and natural spy, Jorge Diaz (Jane the Virgin) as Cisco Renaldo, both the muscle and the sweetheart of the crew, Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) as the team’s secret agent liaison Ms. Nowhere, Similce Diesel as Frostee’s younger sister Sissy, and Manish Dayal (The Resident) as Shashi Dhar, the world-domination-obsessed leader of the criminal organization SH1FT3R.
Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal), Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents) , Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls), Kevin Michael Richardson (Trolls: The Beat Goes On!), Fred Tatasciore (Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia), and Tru Valentino (Archibald’s Next Big Thing) also guest star.”
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About the Fast & Furious Franchise:
Over the course of nine films that have successively stoked passion in an ever-expanding audience and earned nearly $6 billion at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ record-smashing homegrown franchise has become the studio’s most-profitable and longest-running one. Across social media platforms, fan following for the movies and cast has grown into the biggest of any active franchise. On the heels of The Fate of the Furious, which debuted in theaters as the biggest global opening of all time, the blockbuster franchise has expanded to a multitude of offerings – from toys and video games, to an all-new animated series and successfully launched spin-off franchise. The Ninth Chapter in the Fast & Furious saga hits U.S. theaters May 22, 2020.
About DreamWorks Animation:
DreamWorks Animation is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 25 EmmyⓇAwards since inception in 2013 and is home to such beloved series as Trollhunters, Spirit Riding Free, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, The Boss Baby: Back in Business, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, Voltron Legendary Defender, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, Dragons: Race to the Edge, All Hail King Julien, The Adventures of Puss in Boots and the recently released 3Below. DreamWorks is a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
About One Race Films / One Race TV
One Race Films, founded in 1995 by writer, director, producer and actor Vin Diesel, has produced the five highest-grossing films in the “Fast” franchise — “Fate of the Furious,” “Furious 7,” “Fast and Furious 6,” “Fast Five” as well as “Fast & Furious.” He has directed “Multifacial,” “Strays” and “Los Bandoleros.” This February, Sony will release the ORF produced Bloodshot, also starring Diesel, and has previously launched multiple franchises in the action genre, including the science-fiction thriller “Pitch Black” and the two follow-up films, “Chronicles of Riddick” and “Riddick,” along with the hit “xXx” franchise. In addition to a thriving film production company, ORF launched One Race Television and gaming company Tigon Studios. ORTV has a first-look deal with Universal Television and is currently developing projects with NBC and Fox and in production with DreamWorks Animation on the Netflix original series “Fast & Furious: Spy Racers.” Tigon Studios has produced three critically acclaimed console titles including “Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” and original property “The Wheelman.”
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