YouTube Originals today announced a robust holiday slate of projects packed with two new series pick-ups and premieres including the new family Christmas special, “Buster Saves Christmas,” from the wildly successful Little Baby Bum in partnership with Moonbug Entertainment. Also greenlit is “Coyote Peterson’s Wild Field Trip,” from the popular Brave Wilderness wildlife educator, Coyote Peterson. The festive line-up kicks off today on the YouTube Originals for Kids & Family Channel and the YouTube Kids app.
“We have a variety of new, diverse Originals that are perfect for our kids and family holiday slate,” said Nadine Zylstra, Head of Family, Learning and Impact for YouTube Originals. “With themes such as giving, kindness and friendship, we are excited to wrap up the year and celebrate all holidays with content that continues to inspire our community of young viewers along with their families around the world.”
Line-up and further details of YouTube Originals Holiday content follows:
“Buster Saves Christmas” Special Premiere at 9am PT / 12pm ET
In this exclusive musical holiday special, the beloved Buster the Bus must step in to save Christmas when Santa is injured and his sleigh goes missing. With the help of Wheelieville’s top mechanic (and former North Pole engineer) Jada, Buster perseveres and overcomes big obstacles to make sure all the Christmas presents are delivered around the world. Packed with songs and festive cheer, “Buster Saves Christmas” is a musical event for the whole family, celebrating the joy of friendship during the upcoming holiday season. Script written by Ann Austen (Emmy winner for “The Snowy Day,” “Barbie Princess Adventure,” “Molly of Denali”, “Power Rangers”). The series is produced by Moonbug Entertainment, the global entertainment company behind popular YouTube channels like Moonbug Kids and Little Baby Bum. Watch the official trailer here.
“Tab Time” Series Premiere at at 9am PT / 12pm ET
From Kids at Play and Scale Productions comes “Tab Time,” a preschool series starring Tabitha Brown, an actress and vegan foodie who has become one of the most visible social media personalities today. Tabitha or “Ms. Tab” as the kids call her, taps into her natural capabilities as a cook, story teller, mom and motivational leader, to teach children how to live their best life. In the series premiere, “How Things Grow,” Ms. Tab and Avi the Avocado (Miles Brown) are curious about how things grow, from the smallest seed to the tallest tree. Farmer Seymour Sprout (Lil Rel Howard) teaches us a special lesson with fruit, plus Ms. Tab is joined by her friends Lenny the Lightning Bug (Anna Camp), Burnie the Oven Mitt (John Michael Higgins), Starla the Spatula (Ashley Nicole Black), DJ Khrafty (Jermaine Fowler) and Lovey as she explores how growing and changing makes us feel. So put on your adventure shoes and join in!
“Kid Correspondent” New Holiday Episode at 9am PT / 12pm ET
From the team behind the beloved Kid President brand, this fast-paced school-age comedy series centers around the next generation of kid journalists dedicated to making the world a better place. In the new “Unboxing the Holiday Season” episode, anchors Riah and Titus investigate all the different ways to celebrate during the season, while special guest grown-up Wilmer Valderrama stops by to talk about his favorite things to do over the holidays. The kid reporters also uncover the hottest gifts of the year (what’s better than a hug?) and find out from Ned the News Elf if they’ve been naughty or nice. “Kid Correspondent” is produced by SoulPancake, a division of Participant.
“Supa Strikas: Rookie Season” Series Premiere at 9am GMT
Go back in time with Shakes to find out how he made the world’s greatest soccer team, the Supa Strikas! This school-age prequel animated series will uncover some earth-shattering revelations for fans of the popular show and the pan-African team. In collaboration with UNICEF, this series aims to teach school kids (ages 6-12) about the importance of perseverance and gender equality. The series is produced by Moonbug Entertainment, the global entertainment company behind popular YouTube channels like Moonbug Kids and Little Baby Bum. In the premiere episode, “Striking Out,” Shakes and his best friend, Skarra, are the stars of their local club but when Super League opportunity knocks, Shakes must decide: prepare on his own or with his friend? Meanwhile his OTHER best friend has a plan for him to train like a Supa Strika… What could go wrong?
“Coyote Peterson’s Wild Field Trip” Series Premiere at 8am PT / 11am ET
You name the environment and Coyote Peterson has been there, encountering an amazing variety of animal species around the world. In this thrilling new series, young fans of the Brave Wilderness YouTube channel (19.6 million subscribers) will get the chance to explore a wide range of unique and diverse ecosystems full of animals, adventure, education, and most of all, fun. In each episode, Coyote will guide a young wildlife enthusiast on a field trip that will become the adventure of a lifetime, visiting animal sanctuaries, islands, aquariums and even an alligator farm. Throughout the series, Coyote and his young friends will get unprecedented access to interact with bizarre, cute and creepy animal species, getting up close and personal with alligators, wolves, snakes, sharks, scorpions, stingrays and way more! “Coyote Peterson’s Wild Field Trip” is produced by Brave Wilderness.
“Super Sema” New Holiday Special Episode at 9am PT / 12pm ET
The popular STEAM-themed YouTube Originals animated series produced by Kukua with executive producer Lupita Nyong’o is back with a brand new holiday special. As her friends and family prepare for their Day of Dreams celebrations, Sema announces her wish to see snow, something her African-futuristic town of Dunia hasn’t seen in hundreds of years. Will Super Sema be able to “technovate” her dream come true? Or will her nemesis, the artificially intelligent robot tyrant Tobor, be proven right that dreams are just human nonsense?
“Kid Correspondent” New Year’s Eve Episode at 9am PT / 12pm ET
Kid Correspondent offers a kid-friendly countdown to the new year with the special episode “New Year, New You!” Anchors Riah and Titus make resolutions and laugh at their mistakes with a hilarious Blooper Reel, but will Daring Reporter Jack gain the courage to drop the ball on time? He’s disappeared because he’s afraid to mess it up again, but Christian is on the case with a dare of his own (and everyone knows Jack can’t refuse a dare!). Special guest grown-up Jerry O’Connell helps Jack realize that everyone makes mistakes, and the whole team reveals who gets the Kid of the Year Award!
“The Guava Juice Show” Sneak Peek at 7 am PT / 10 am ET
Fans of the Guava Juice YouTube channel (16.8 million subscribers) will get a sneak peek at the new upcoming animated comedy series “The Guava Juice Show” when the first episode drops on the channel on December 30. The show follows the extraordinary adventures of 14-year old Roi (played by YouTube superstar and Guava Juice’s Roi Fabito) and his best friends, fellow teenager Jenny (Bethany Brown) and the neurotic talking Guava (Adrian Petriw) as they work at a mysterious curio shop and travel to parallel worlds and dimensions throughout the multiverse in a magical bathtub. “The Guava Juice Show” is produced by Studio71 and Mainframe Studios.
Head of Original Content for YouTube. Nadine Zylstra serves as Head of Family, Learning and Impact for YouTube Originals. Craig Hunter oversees “Buster Saves Christmas,” “Tab Time” and “Supa Strikas: Rookie Season” for YouTube Originals. Daniel Haack oversees “Kid Correspondent,” “Coyote Peterson’s Wild Field Trip,” “Super Sema” and “The Guava Juice Show” for YouTube Originals.
About YouTube Kids & Family Originals:
An expanding roster of YouTube Originals focused on kids and family includes the award-winning “Lockdown,” and recent hits such as “Onyx Family Dinner,” “BookTube Jr.,” “Get Curious with Vice President Harris,” “Growing with Lottie Dottie,” “The Workout Badges,” “Kid Correspondent,” “Break the Record,” “Super Sema,” Pinkfong Wonderstar,” “Sherwood,” “We Are Savvy,” “Hyperlinked,” “Fruit Ninja Frenzy Force, “Kings of Atlantis” and “DanTDM Creates A Big Scene.” Shows on the YouTube Originals for Kids & Family channel can be found here.
About YouTube Originals:
YouTube Originals are award-winning series, specials and livestream events for YouTube’s two billion active monthly users that entertain, inspire, connect, and educate audiences through authentic storytelling from YouTube creators, music artists and celebrities. By tapping into the platform’s growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content, YouTube Originals amplify the most popular and unique aspects of YouTube. Fans can experience YouTube Originals content for free through the standard YouTube platform (ad-supported), or through a paid subscription to YouTube Premium, which adds ad-free, bonus/exclusive content, and early binge access to select programming. YouTube Originals are available in over 100 countries worldwide. Keep up with the latest YouTube news by visiting the global platform’s official blog at https://blog.youtube/.