Netflix has just unveiled its latest original series, and it’s got a truly novel twist. The animated children’s series BEAT BUGS will feature a soundtrack made up of classic tunes by legendary band The Beatles. The songs will be performed by today’s top artists, and will seemingly serve as a backdrop for the stories being told in the cartoon.
Here’s the trailer:
Here’s an excerpt of the Press Release for the series:
BEAT BUGS incorporates songs from the Lennon/McCartney ‘Northern Songs’ catalogue, to tell uplifting and life-affirming stories filled with hope and melody. World-leading artists, animators and writers have come together to work on this extraordinary show. The Beat Bugs are charming, funny, adventurous, and have a knack for getting themselves into mischief and mayhem. Each of the five friends (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz, and Walter) has a distinctive personality, and they display the charm and energy of five knockabout, lovable kids. They are best friends who band together to explore and learn in an overgrown suburban backyard, which to them is their entire universe.
The show will feature some of the most well-known Beatles songs woven into the narrative of each episode, with Eddie Vedder, P!nk, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell,Regina Spektor, James Corden, and Birdy each recording their rendition of an iconic song. Further artists joining the project are expected to be announced in the coming months. Among the songs featured include Help!, All You Need Is Love, Come Together, Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Magical Mystery Tour.
I’ve always noticed that The Beatles have an oddly remarkable effect on children. You’d think that a bunch of songs from the 1960s would be outdated for a child of, let’s say, four. Yet, as a DJ in the New York area for 14 years, and with a mother who used to work in childcare, I’ve learned that there’s something about Beatles music that resonates with small children. There’s just something timeless and universal about the band’s songwriting, so when I heard about this series it just felt like…”Oh, yeah. That makes perfect sense.”
BEAT BUGS is set to start streaming on Netflix this August.