7:01am PT by THR Staff
Amazon Greenlights Two New Kids Series: 'Pete the Cat' and 'Costume Quest'
Amazon has ordered two new animated original kids series: Pete the Cat and Costume Quest. Both will debut next year for Prime Video subscribers.
Pete the Cat is based on an award-winning book series by illustrator-creator and consulting producer James Dean. The 14-episode show will follow the eponymous feline and his groovy guide to life. The series is a co-production with Alcon Television Group and will be developed by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company. Marsh will serve as an executive producer along with Alcon's Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Laura Lancaster and Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson. Alcon's Ben Roberts will produce with Appian Way's Nathaniel Posey as a co-producer.
The voice cast for Pete the Cat includes Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, who will play Pete's parents.
Harper Collins has published more than 34 Pete the Cat books, which have been translated into 13 languages and received 18 literary awards.
Costume Quest, aimed at six- to 11-year-olds and based on a hit video game series, follows four kids as they use transformative and powerful costumes to battle the dark forces lurking in the shadows of their sleepy town of Auburn Pines.
Costume Quest will be executive produced by Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete), who also serves as story editor, and Frederator Studios' Fred Seibert, Kevin Kolde and Eric Homan.
"The creative talent behind Pete the Cat and Costume Quest have a sensibility and pedigree that will resonate well with our customers," said Amazon Studios' head of kids programming, Tara Sorensen. "We are thrilled to be working with such innovative and visionary thinkers in the business."