‘CoComelon’ will include talking characters and a live tour


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One of Netflix’s most popular children’s series, “CoComelon,” a chuckling musical series with repetitive lyrics, released a new special on Monday, giving many parents, like Arinze Odira of Windsor, Ontario, a reprieve.

“I had a lot of things I wanted to do and my wife was sleeping,” said Odira, whose daughter, Keine, is 13 months old. “I put ‘CoComelon’ on and it sat there for almost three hours. I had time to do everything I wanted to do.”

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Odira was so grateful he took to Twitter to share his thanks, “To the producers of ‘CoComelon,’ I owe you a bottle of whiskey. Thank you for helping millions of parents around the world.”

It might not be as flashy or as high-profile as Netflix’s adult programming, like “Bridgerton” or “The Crown,” but “CoComelon” is a big show for the streaming service. Apart from the United States, it is in the top 10 in countries like the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Canada, and South Africa.

“CoComelon” will debut a new series featuring talking characters in 2023. The franchise will also include a live-action tour beginning September 16, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pictured: “CoComelon” characters, left to right, Bingo, YoYo, JJ and TomTom.
(Netflix via AP)

“CoComelon” and Netflix also plan to go big in 2023 by releasing a new series called “CoComelon Lane” where the characters talk. The episodes will be set up by main character JJ, a toddler with a small lock of hair on top of his head and two teeth.

“He’s talking straight to the camera, so he’s talking to the kid at home. It really feels like he’s inviting you on a date with him and his friends. He’s asking you to go with him regardless of his trip of the day,” said Netflix preschool content manager Heather Tilert, who says “CoComelon Lane” is aimed at slightly older kids.

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“Cocomelon really hopes to continue with kids who have already fallen in love with JJ and his friends and kind of grown with them throughout their development. So ‘CoComelon Lane’, we consider it to be really kid-friendly. from 3 to 5 years.”

The new one-hour special released this week, titled “Fun with Family and Friends,” consists of 20 new musical animated shorts. This is the first “CoComelon” content exclusively available on Netflix. They’ve also upped their musical game, laying off songs parents will recognize, including “Twist and Shout” and “Stand by Me,” but addressing the skills needed to reach preschool milestones, including colors, shapes, movement and even emotions.

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“CoComelon” was originally created in 2005 by Jay Jeon, a California dad who came up with the idea of ​​using songs to teach his two children. He started uploading the videos to YouTube. These videos eventually rose to earn billions of views and “CoComelon” was acquired by Moonbug Entertainment in 2020.

He’s expanded the franchise with spin-offs, a podcast on Spotify, and a new live tour titled “CoComelon Live!” kicking off Sept. 16 in Baltimore.

Tapping into exactly what makes “CoComelon” so popular with kids is “the big question,” said Andy Yeatmen, Moonbug’s general manager for the Americas, but he thinks a lot of that is down to prioritizing the child rather than going over the children’s heads. to entertain parents.

“It’s all very thought through from a preschooler’s point of view. So not what an adult would think is important to a 3-year-old, but what a 3-year-old would think is important. “


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