Streaming giant Netflix announced on Monday their first kids original series from India. Aimed at the preschool audience, “Mighty Little Bheem,” produced in partnership with Indian animation studio Green Gold Animation, is based on enormously popular character Chhota Bheem.
Created by Rajiv Chilaka and based on the mythological character Bheem from the Indian epic the Mahabharata, the “Chhota Bheem” action comedy animated series aired on Turner Broadcasting’s Pogo TV channel from 2008. The franchise has also spawned several TV films and three feature films.
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“We are thrilled to work with Netflix and take ‘Mighty Little Bheem,’ a story based on India’s most popular children’s character, to an audience across India and 190 countries worldwide. This is an incredible opportunity to bring best-in-class storytelling to young audiences everywhere,” said Green Gold Animation founder and chief executive Rajiv Chilaka.
“We continue to invest in Indian productions and creative storytelling that our members will love and cherish,” said Andy Yeatman, director of Global Kids Content for Netflix. “We’re excited to partner with Green Gold Animation and announce an original show that will bring great storytelling, based on one of India’s beloved characters, not just to India but to kids and families around the globe.”
Netflix’s first India original, “Sacred Games,” is being filmed, while two more, “Selection Day” and “Again” are in development.
“Mighty Little Bheem” will debut on Netflix in 2018.