11:22am PT by Natalie Jarvey
Netflix Sets Premiere for 'Madagascar' Spinoff Series
Madagascar lemur king Julien is getting his own story on Netflix beginning in December.
The first five episodes of original series All Hail King Julien are set to premiere on the streamer on Dec. 19 with additional 22-minute episodes debuting throughout 2015.
The Madagascar spinoff is the third project to result from Netflix's original programming pact with DWA. The first, Turbo Fast, premiered in 2013 and 10 additional projects — including Dinotrux, Puss in Boots and Veggie Tales in the House — are expected to roll out by the end of 2016.
"The combination of comedy, original music and stories of simple lemur life turned upside-down and fabulous by King Julien makes this series unique," said Margie Cohn, head of television for DreamWorks Animation. "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."
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King Julien serves as a prequel to DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar as the lemur king holds court over a cast of familiar and new jungle characters. The series stars Henry Winkler as Julien's predecessor, Danny Jacobs as Julien, Andy Richter as Mort, Kevin Michael Richardson as Maurice and India de Beaufort as Clover.
"We are excited to add a series focused on one of the most beloved characters from Madagascar to our growing line-up from DreamWorks Animation," said Netflix original content vp Cindy Holland. "King Julien knows how to throw a great party and we expect families around the world will enjoy spending their holidays with him."
Nov. 4, 5:51 p.m. Updated with additional information about DreamWorks Animation projects