Netflix working on animated series 'Beat Bugs' featuring music from the Beatles

By Karen Butler  |  Feb. 13, 2016 at 4:53 PM
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Netflix says the animated children's series Beat Bugs will premiere via its streaming service this summer.

The show features original characters and a world created by Josh Wakely, who will direct, write and produce the series.

"Beat Bugs incorporates songs from the Lennon/McCartney Northern Songs catalogue, to tell uplifting and life-affirming stories filled with hope and melody," a press release said. "World-leading artists, animators and writers have come together to work on this extraordinary show. The Beat Bugs are charming, funny, adventurous, and have a knack for getting themselves into mischief and mayhem."

Artists such as Eddie Vedder, Pink, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, James Corden and Birdy are set to record their renditions of iconic Beatles songs for the show.

"Personally, I'm very grateful to be part of Josh's vision," said Vedder in a statement. "A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and, obviously, some of the best songs ever written."

"It's a rare occasion to be presented with a truly one-of-a-kind children's show that is so perfectly suited to Netflix," added Andy Yeatman, director of original kid's content at Netflix. "Josh and his team have not only developed a compelling children's show filled with life lessons, but they've built a show that will transcend generations and have parents and grandparents enjoying right alongside their little ones."

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