After racking up more than 400 million online views for its short-form StoryBots learning videos and books, JibJab Bros. Studios has announced that the hit digital children’s brand will be making its first-ever TV debut. Premiering today, the Netflix original series Ask the StoryBots features a voice cast led by Judy Greer (Arrested Development, Married, Archer) and all-star guest appearances from Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and more.
The series centers on the StoryBots, curious little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens. In each episode, the intrepid quintet of Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop and Bo go on an adventure to the human world to help answer kids’ biggest questions, like “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why do I need to brush my teeth?” They deliver their answer at the end of each episode in the form of a musical video, an homage to Schoolhouse Rock.
Originally launched in 2012, StoryBots was the brainchild of the brothers behind JibJab, which initially broke ground for its massively viral political satire videos and has since become popular for its personalized eCards and top-ranked messaging app.
“After my brother and I both became fathers, we saw how difficult it was to find quality kids’ entertainment that was fun for grown-ups, too,” said Gregg Spiridellis, CEO and co-founder of JibJab and show co-creator. “We created StoryBots to mix learning and fun for kids while offering a guilt-free screen-time experience for parents and teachers.”
Since its launch in 2012, over a million families have created StoryBots accounts, and its mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Apple TV have been downloaded more than 4 million times. Earlier this year, the brand made its first foray into schools with StoryBots Classroom, a free platform for teachers that includes access to StoryBots’ entire library of premium content, as well as Common Core-aligned, kindergarten-level math games.
“Every StoryBots book and video we release – and that includes our new TV series – enters production with educators and child development experts before being brought to life by our amazing team of artists, writers and performers,” said Evan Spiridellis, co-founder of JibJab and show co-creator. “The production of Ask the StoryBots has been a labor of love for us, and we can’t wait to share it with our fans, as well as introduce these fun little characters to an even wider audience.”
Ask the StoryBots features a vibrant mix of animation and live action. Each half-hour episode focuses on a unique question and includes live-action appearances by special guest stars:
- “How Does Night Happen?” with Jay Leno
- “How Do Airplanes Fly?” with Kevin Smith
- “Why Do I Have To Brush My Teeth?” with Whoopi Goldberg
- “Why Is The Sky Blue?” with Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates
- “Where Do French Fries Come From?” with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
- “Where Does Rain Come From?” with Tim Meadows and Chris Parnell
All six episodes will be available starting today, August 12, for streaming on Netflix in English-speaking markets, including the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. For more information on the StoryBots, visit www.StoryBots.com.