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Amazon Greenlights Original Toons ‘Pete the Cat’ & ‘Costume Quest’
Amazon has ordered two new animated titles for its Amazon Original Kids Series slate: Pete the Cat, based on the award-winning book series, and Costume Quest, inspired by the hit videogames. Attached to the projects are top names in kids entertainment Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, Will McRobb and Frederator founder Fred Seibert. Both series are expected to debut on Prime Video next year.
“The creative talent behind Pete the Cat and Costume Quest have a sensibility and pedigree that will resonate well with our customers,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We are thrilled to be working with such innovative and visionary thinkers in the business.”
Based on the award-winning book series by illustrator/creator and consulting producer James Dean, Pete the Cat is an animated kids series that has been ordered straight-to-series for 14 episodes. The show follows Pete the Cat, the coolest cat ever and his groovy guide to life—from rockin’ out with his guitar to riding a skateboard. Slated to voice Pete’s parents are musical luminaries Elvis Costello and Diana Krall.
The series is a co-production with Alcon Television Group and will be developed by Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (Phineas and Ferb) and Appian Way production company. Marsh will executive produce along with Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, and Laura Lancaster, as well as Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson. Alcon’s Ben Roberts will serve as producer, with Appian Way’s Nathaniel Posey as co-producer.
Harper Collins has published more than 34 Pete the Cat books, which have been translated into 13 languages and received 18 literacy awards, including the Theodore Geisel Seuss Award.
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