The StoryBots Return to Netflix with All-New Holiday Special – Now Streaming!

The StoryBots are headed to the North Pole! Fresh off the Emmy Award-winning first season of Ask the StoryBots, the colorful and curious characters are back with an all-new Netflix Original holiday special. Premiering today, A StoryBots Christmas stars Judy Greer as the voice of Beep and includes a special appearance by the legendary Ed Asner as Santa Claus.

Based on the hit digital children’s educational brand from JibJab Bros. Studios, the half-hour animated special marks the StoryBots’ triumphant return to Netflix after the blockbuster 2016 debut of Ask the StoryBots and its companion series, StoryBots Super Songs. The former was named one of Netflix’s most binge-watched kids’ shows and racked up a long series of industry honors, including an Emmy Award (with five additional nominations). It was also one of just two children’s programs to be a finalist for the prestigious Peabody Award and was nominated in the International category at the BAFTA Children’s Awards.

The StoryBots universe centers on Beep, Boop, Bing, Bang and Bo, a ragtag team of little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens and help answer kids’ biggest questions. In A StoryBots Christmas, Bo (voiced by Erin Fitzgerald) mistakenly thinks that her friends don’t like her gifts and heads to the North Pole to ask Santa Claus for help making better presents. She learns along the way that Christmas is about far more than just the toys.

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“When Netflix said they wanted us to create a Christmas special, we couldn’t wait to get to work,” said Evan Spiridellis, JibJab co-founder and the show’s co-creator. “We’ve produced lots of short-form holiday content for both JibJab and StoryBots, so it was amazing to take that experience and develop a more robust story that mixes animation, live-action, music and a lesson or two. Getting Ed Asner to be our Santa Claus was the icing on the cake – or more accurately, the star on our Christmas tree.”

“Since Ask the StoryBots premiered, we’ve heard from so many parents that this is the rare kids’ show that they enjoy watching, too,” said Gregg Spiridellis, CEO and co-founder of JibJab and show co-creator. “We hope A StoryBots Christmas continues that trend and becomes appointment holiday viewing for families for years to come.”

A StoryBots Christmas is available today, December 1, for streaming on Netflix in all available markets. The special includes the new original song, “Sharing Christmas (With the Ones You Love),” available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and all other major music platforms starting December 8.

A StoryBots Christmas - Now Streaming on Netflix

Prepare your best monster impression for World Read Aloud Day!

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The StoryBots are super excited to support World Read Aloud Day! Celebrated on the first Wednesday in March, World Read Aloud Day, or WRAD, is dedicated to taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.

Of course, a great way to celebrate this day and support the cause is to spend some time reading aloud to your child from Starring You Books! Have your child pick his/her favorite book, and settle in for some epic story time.

Here are some tips for reading aloud from LitWorld:

  • Be animated and use a voice that matches the expressions and emotions of the characters during a read aloud to bring the experience alive for listeners.
  • Use different voices for different characters so that children come to recognize dialogue within a text and individual character traits.
  • Ask questions as you read. Ask children to predict what will happen next, or the meaning of a vocabulary word that might be new.
  • Allow children to ask you questions and model the behaviors of an active reader, such as looking back to the text to answer questions.
  • After you finish the story, have a conversation that focuses on connecting the text to the children’s life, their favorite books, or any connections the children come up with.

Check out this kit with even more ideas on how you can celebrate the day!

We’re Crazy for Christmastime!

The holidays are upon us! The StoryBots have been as busy as elves preparing all of our holiday goodies for your family.

For some song & dance merriment, check out our new Starring You Video, Crazy for Christmastime. Personalize the video with the faces of five of your friends and family, and let the holiday spirit take over!

On the go? Cast this video from your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch, with our “Christmas: Starring You!” app available for FREE in the App Store. Download it here.

Bring some Christmas magic to tuck-in time, with the new Starring You Book, “The Christmas List.” The kids will love seeing themselves run through their wish list for Santa in this holiday adventure. Download the app here.

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What would the holiday season be without some crafty fun and delicious recipes? The StoryBots Holiday Activity Book is packed with ideas on how to deck the halls of your home with handmade crafts, bake yummy treats, and of course plenty of coloring and activity pages to fill those winter days.

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Happy holidays from the StoryBots to your family!