Netflix is following the success of its 2019 Green Eggs and Ham series by launching five new Dr. Seuss series and specials.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Netflix announced they will work together to bring the wild world of the classic kids writer to the screen. The projects include series or specials inspired by Horton Hears a Who!, The Sneetches, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and Wacky Wednesday, in addition to lovable characters like Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.
“Netflix is a trusted home for characters kids love, and generations of kids love the characters imagined by Dr. Seuss,” said Heather Tilert, Director of Preschool Content, Netflix. “These beloved stories have been a core part of families’ libraries for many years and it gives me great pride that we are bringing them to our catalog of Netflix shows, in a fresh and modern way that resonates with audiences today.”
Executive Producer Dustin Ferrer (Esme & Roy, Shimmer & Shine, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) will serve as showrunner across all five projects, and additional showrunners will be revealed in the coming weeks. The announcement expands the partnership between Netflix and Dr. Seuss Enterprises that began with the launch of the critically acclaimed animated series Green Eggs and Ham in 2019, which will have its anticipated second season premiere April 8, 2022.
The partners says the new Dr. Seuss line-up will serve as a true anchor for Netflix’s expanded focus on pre-school. Introducing concepts of foundational learning, this new slate of programming will explore themes of diversity and respect for others all told through fun and engaging stories that incorporate the whimsical humor, distinctive visuals and rhythmic writing style of Dr. Seuss.
“Dr. Seuss Enterprises is proud of the collaborative relationship we share with Netflix,” said Susan Brandt, President and CEO of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “We are always looking for new and engaging ways to share our stories, characters and messages with the next generation of fans, and Netflix has a unique ability to create original, delightful adaptations of our timeless classics with an emphasis on imagination, fun, and education.
“Our partnership has been very prosperous thus far with our award-winning animated series Green Eggs and Ham,” Brandt added. “We hope to continue that success with our upcoming projects.”
The greenlit projects include a new series based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; a 45-minute special based on The Sneetches in 3D animation; a series of 11-minute episodes based on Wacky Wednesday; a comic adventure series based on Horton Hears a Who; and another 45-minute special starring Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose on a search for the meaning of happiness.