Ovation Brands And Furr’s Fresh Buffet Feature The StoryBots In Newest Family Night Promotion

Ovation Brands’® portfolio of restaurants – Old Country Buffet®, Ryan’s®, HomeTown® Buffet and Country Buffet® – and Furr’s Fresh Buffet® are answering kids’ biggest questions with their newest Family Night featuring the Emmy Award-winning Netflix Original series, Ask the StoryBots. The six-week promotion coincides with the show’s season two launch, with weekly themes exploring topics from the new episodes. Family Night is every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Activities may vary by location.

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“Family Night was created to bring kids and parents together through fun and engaging activities,” said Mike Griffith, Director of Marketing for Ovation Brands® and Furr’s Fresh Buffet®. “Our latest program will do just that with the StoryBots, who have made learning fun for millions of kids. The whole family will be entertained with wholesome activities that are also educational.”

Ask the StoryBots follows the adventures of the StoryBots, curious little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens and help answer kids’ questions. Since premiering in 2016, the series has won three Emmy Awards and inspired two spin-offs, StoryBots Super Songs and A StoryBots Christmas, also on Netflix. The StoryBots brand launched in 2012 with a collection of popular YouTube shorts and now includes a content library of 500+ educational books, videos, games and activities used by 70,000+ teachers around the world.

The six-week Family Night program will feature a different theme every week inspired by a different episode from the newest season of Ask the StoryBots, which launches worldwide on Netflix on August 24. The following are the scheduled themes:

  • August 23 – Give Me An “N” For Nutrition
  • August 30 – Animal Kingdom
  • September 6 – It’s Electric!
  • September 13 – It’s Getting Hot In Here
  • September 20 – Hello! Can You Hear Me?
  • September 27 – A Bloomin’ Good Time

“The new season of Ask the StoryBots features an all-new set of adventures to answer kids’ questions like ‘what is electricity?’ and ‘how do flowers grow?,” said Gregg Spiridellis, CEO of JibJab Bros. Studios, which created and produces the show. “We’re excited to bring these topics to life at Family Night.”

The StoryBots Family Night will also feature a giveaway. The grand prize is a StoryBots Prize Pack, which includes two StoryBots books, Tyrannosaurus Rex and ABC Jamboree, published by Random House Children’s Books.

In addition to kid-friendly fun and games, Family Night also serves up homestyle meals for guests. Every Thursday from 4 p.m. – close, kids eat for just $1.99 with the purchase of a regular-priced adult or senior meal. Menus may vary. Age restrictions apply.

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The StoryBots Are Back With New Episodes On Netflix August 24

The StoryBots are back with new episodes and new answers to kids’ biggest questions! The Emmy Award-winning Netflix Original children’s series Ask the StoryBots returns with a star-studded second season, premiering worldwide on the streaming platform on Friday, August 24.

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Starring Judy Greer as the voice of Beep, the JibJab Bros. Studios-produced show follows the StoryBots, a colorful team of little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens and help answer kids’ biggest questions. Each episode follows Beep, Boop, Bing, Bang and Bo on their adventures to answer a question and features a live-action celebrity guest appearance. Episodes and guest stars for the new season are:

  • “How Do Computers Work?” with Snoop Dogg as the Operating System
  • “Why Can’t I Eat Dessert All the Time?” with Christina Applegate as the Baker
  • “How Many Types of Animals Are There?” with Kristen Schaal as the Biologist
  • “How Do Ears Hear?” with Ali Wong as the Brain
  • “How Do Volcanoes Work?” with David Koechner as the Pirate
  • “What Is Electricity?” with Edward Norton as Gary the Electronics Salesman
  • “How Do Flowers Grow?” with David Cross as the Hippie
  • “How Do People Catch A Cold?” with Wanda Sykes as the Doctor

Since premiering in 2016, Ask the StoryBots has quickly become one of the most lauded children’s shows on television, winning three Daytime Emmy Awards and receiving an additional nine Emmy nominations for its first season and holiday special. It was one of just two children’s programs to be a finalist at the prestigious 2017 Peabody Awards and was nominated in the International category at the BAFTA Children’s Awards.

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“We’re taking Ask the StoryBots to the next level for season two,” said Evan Spiridellis, the show’s co-creator and co-executive producer and JibJab’s chief creative officer. “The adventures are bigger and more epic, and our art team has done an incredible job mixing 2D and 3D animation, puppetry, stop-motion, and live action to be more visually stunning than ever.”

While season one of Ask the StoryBots was launched on Netflix in select markets, the newest batch of episodes will be released worldwide. The StoryBots brand is already popular globally, amassing nearly 500 million video views on its YouTube channel, with more than 700 million minutes watched. In the past year, JibJab has also released five StoryBots books with Random House Children’s Books and partnered with Razor & Tie to release and promote its music.

“It’s been doubly exciting that we’re launching season two worldwide on Netflix just as we pass 500 million views on YouTube,” said Gregg Spiridellis, the series’ co-creator and co-executive producer and CEO of JibJab. “Our fanbase, which includes both kids and adults, has continued to grow exponentially since we launched StoryBots on YouTube, and we can’t wait to introduce these characters to an even wider audience.”

Ask the StoryBots’ second season will be available August 24 for streaming on Netflix in all available markets. The season’s soundtrack will be released on all major digital music platforms on August 31. For more information on the StoryBots, visit www.StoryBots.com.

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