Netflix Orders Motown-Themed Show For Kids

On the same day Netflix debuted its Beatles-centric kids show, the streaming service announced that it is working on an original animated series for kids based on the Jobete catalog of Motown hits, which produced work with Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder.

Robinson is taking on executive music producer duties. The first-season soundtrack of songs covered by contemporary artists will be released on Melodia/Motown Records and will coincide with the as-yet-unannounced debut of the show.

  • The untitled show is the second musically inspired animated show for Netflix. It will follow the adventures of 8-year-old Ben who lives in the imaginary city of Motown and possesses the ability to bring street art to life.
  • Beat Bugs, the Beatles-flavored Netflix series, features covers of the Fab Four by artists including Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Sia, Rod Stewart and Pearl Jam‘sEddie Vedder. It was available to stream as of August 3rd and the soundtrack was released via Melodia/Republic Records.


Watch the teaser for Beat Bugs:

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