‘CoComelon’ will include talking characters and live tour

One of Netflix’s most popular children’s series, “CoComelon,” a laugh-out-loud musical series with repetitive lyrics, launched a new special on Monday, giving many parents like Arinze Odira of Windsor, Ontario a respite.

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

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

It may not be as flashy or high-profile as Netflix’s adult programming like “Bridgerton” or “The Crown,” but “CoComelon” is an important show for the streaming service. In addition to the US, it reached the top 10 in countries such as the UK, the Philippines, Canada, and South Africa.

“CoComelon” and Netflix also plan to make it big in 2023 with the launch of a new series called “CoComelon Lane” where the characters talk. The episodes will be created by the main character JJ, a little boy with a small lock of hair on top of his head and two teeth.

“He speaks directly to the camera, so he speaks to the child at home. It really feels like he’s inviting you out on a playdate with him and his friends. She’s asking you to come with her on whatever her commute is for the day,” said Heather Tilert, Netflix’s preschool content executive, who says “CoComelon Lane” is aimed at kids a little older.

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“Cocomelon really hopes to continue with the children who have already fallen in love with JJ and his friends and move forward with them throughout their development. So ‘CoComelon Lane’ we really see as something for 3-5 year olds.”

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“CoComelon Live!” will kick off in Baltimore on September 16 as the franchise continues to expand.
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The new one-hour special released this week, called “Fun with Family and Friends,” consists of 20 new animated musical shorts. It is the first “CoComelon” content available exclusively on Netflix. They’ve also upped their musical game, licensing songs parents will recognize, like “Twist and Shout” and “Stand by Me,” but tapping into skills to reach preschool milestones that include colors, shapes, movement, and even emotions.

“CoComelon” was originally created in 2005 by Jay Jeon, a father from California who had the idea of ​​using songs to teach his two sons. He started uploading the videos to YouTube. Those videos eventually grew to gain billions of views and Moonbug Entertainment acquired “CoComelon” in 2020.

He has expanded the franchise with spin-offs, a podcast on Spotify, and a new live tour called “CoComelon Live!” ” beginning September 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 it’s due in large part to putting the child first rather than passing. ignore the children. to entertain parents.

“Everything is very well thought out from the point of view of a preschooler. 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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