Activision Blizzard Studios‘ highly anticipated animated series, Skylanders Academy, makes its debut today on Netflix. Based on the Skylanders video game franchise, Skylanders Academy follows the adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac, and Pop Fizz as they protect the vast Skylands universe from evil-doers. Skylanders Academy is the first project from Activision Blizzard Studios.
“We are so excited to bring Skylanders to families in a new, fun and exciting way,” said Activision Blizzard Studios Co-President Stacey Sher. “High-quality writing, incredibly talented actors and beautiful animation makes Skylanders Academy an epic adventure for the whole family.”
“With a huge and engaged global fan base, the $3 billion Skylanders franchise was a natural fit for our first project,” said studio Co-President Nick van Dyk. “Partnering with Netflix means huge new audiences can meet the Skylanders, while giving millions of fans worldwide even more of the characters they love.”
In Skylanders Academy, as darkness begins to threaten peace in the Skylands, Master Eon is forced to assemble a ragtag group of heroes to protect the universe from evil-doers Kaos and the Doom Raiders. Using their unique blend of personalities and super powers, Spyro and his fellow Skylanders are called upon to set aside egos as they come together to maintain harmony and balance in the land.
Season 1 of Skylanders Academy has 12 episodes. Season 2 is already in the works and is expected to debut on Netflix in late 2017. The series features the voices of Justin Long (DodgeBall) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) as Eruptor, and Norm MacDonald (Saturday Night Live) as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Bobcat Goldthwait, The Diamond Minecart, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Harland Williams, among others.
Skylanders Academy features an exclusive song, titled “Harmony,” which will serve as the series’ official theme song. “Harmony” was produced and performed by Grammy Award winner Timbaland, featuring Dalton Diehl.