GLENDALE, Calif., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The first five 22-minute episodes of the small-screen Madagascar spinoff All Hail King Julien will be available to stream Dec. 19, Netflix announced Monday.
"Long before the Zoosters arrive on Madagascar, King Julien holds court -- not to mention nightly revelries -- over a colorful cast that includes fan favorites Mort and Maurice, along with a host of all-new jungle dwellers as they take on the craziest adventures and wildest parties the jungle has to offer," a synopsis said.
The DreamWorks Animation production will feature the voice talents of Henry Winkler as Julien's regal predecessor Uncle King Julien, alongside Emmy-winning actor Danny Jacobs as King Julien, Andy Richter as Mort, Kevin Michael Richardson as Maurice and India de Beaufort as Clover.
Sacha Baron Cohen originated the role of King Julien in the Madagascar movies, while Cedric the Entertainer played Maurice and Richter played Mort.
"The combination of comedy, original music and stories of simple lemur life turned upside-down and fabulous by King Julien makes this series unique," Margie Cohn, head of television for DreamWorks Animation, said in a statement. "All Hail King Julien is really a showcase for our talented artists to bring the Netflix audience the great storytelling, compelling characters and fantastic design that is the hallmark of DreamWorks Animation."
"We are excited to add a series focused on one of the most beloved characters from Madagascar to our growing lineup from DreamWorks Animation," added Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix. "King Julien knows how to throw a great party and we expect families around the world will enjoy spending their holidays with him."
Additional episodes of the series will debut throughout the coming year.
The franchise includes three Madagascar feature films and several holiday specials, as well as a Penguins of Madagascar TV series and upcoming Penguins movie.