Second Season of Amazon Original Kids Series "Annedroids" Will Premiere for Amazon Prime Members in the US on Thursday, July 2
From creator J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan), new season of Emmy-nominated live-action adventure features the voice of Geena Davis (Grey's Anatomy)
Children's series celebrates STEM curriculum through Anne and her friends and inspires children--through trial and error--to identify problems, ask questions, and experiment
SEATTLE -- Jun. 15, 2015 -- (NASDAQ: AMZN) -- Amazon today announced the second season of its Emmy-nominated original kids series Annedroids will premiere on Thursday, July 2 for Amazon Prime members in the US. Created by Emmy Award-winning producer/director J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan) and Sinking Ship Entertainment (Odd Squad), the new season features the voice of Geena Davis (Grey's Anatomy) and is aimed at children aged six through 11. Annedroids is a live-action adventure series about Anne, a young female scientist, her human friends and the android assistants she's created, and the amazing scientific discoveries they make while undertaking the biggest experiment of them all: growing up. The series spotlights, through trial and error, how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can inspire children to do great things.
The second season of Annedroids finds Anne (Addison Holley, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood) and friends back in the junkyard for more experiments, taking their adventures to the next level. As Nick (Jadiel Dowlin) and Shania (Adrianna Di Liello, Stage Fright) return to school after spending their summer in the junkyard, Anne finds new ways to stay in touch using Pidgely, a pigeon with a broken wing she equips with a rocket suit. Pal (voiced by Millie Davis, Orphan Black) ventures outside the junkyard and expresses a desire to be a real kid. Also this season, a mysterious robotics scientist offers Anne the opportunity of a lifetime, forcing Anne to make some tough decisions about her friends, family and future. Along the way, the kids use DNA to track a lost dog, confront dinosaurs in nightmares, and send the androids to space.
"We're excited to bring to our customers another season of adventures with Anne and her friends, as they embark on more scientific discovery," said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. "J.J. Johnson and Sinking Ship have successfully developed a strong, relatable female character at the helm of a children's series that organically weaves in the STEM curriculum to kids."
"Annedroids is a show about the kids you don't see on children's TV," said J.J. Johnson, series Creator and Executive Producer. "Perpetual thanks to Amazon for being the only U.S. network to take a chance on a show about a bunch of lower income kids led by a brilliant girl who come together to solve problems using science and technology. We're so incredibly proud of this show and thrilled to be able to offer another season of junkyard mayhem."
Annedroids recently received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series as well as the Grand Prize for Best Production, All Categories at the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence. Additionally, the series received the IPST Education Award at The Goethe Institut Science Film Festival 2014, a Parents' Choice Foundation's Silver Honor, and three Young Artist Awards. Common Sense Media also named Anne's character a top 10 best role model in children's TV.
Prime members can now watch episodes from the first season of Annedroids as often as they would like with the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at amazon.com/annedroids, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at amazon.com/prime. Additionally, a free Annedroids app with two full episodes and six games is downloadable exclusively for Fire devices at the Amazon App Store. Annedroids is also available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire HD Kids Edition.
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Amazon Studios recently debuted new episodes of its first live-action series for kids six to 11, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, and has also launched three additional children's series, the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy award-winning Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment; Creative Galaxy from Angela C. Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises, the creators of Blue's Clues; and Emmy-nominated and Youth Media Alliance Awards Grand Prize winner Annedroids, from Sinking Ship Entertainment. All four children's series have been picked up for second seasons and honored by the Parents' Choice Foundation. The studio has also debuted its first original drama series Bosch based on Michael Connelly's best-selling books; dramatic comedy Mozart in the Jungle from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Paul Weitz, and Jill Soloway's multi-Golden Globe Award-winning dark comedy Transparent.
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