Dreamworks has made a habit of creating spin-off TV shows from their film franchises over the past decade. With popular titles such as Kung-Fu Panda, The Penguins of Madagascar, and DreamWorks Dragons, audiences both young and old have been able to enjoy hours of continued entertainment with their favorite characters. While many titles are already available for streaming on Netflix, there’s more to come in December 2019. We take a look at what’s in store.
DreamWorks has a long-term licensing agreement with Netflix. With this agreement in place, Netflix gets to stream the DreamWorks shows before anyone else. This deal also includes nearly all of the DreamWorks films.
Coming Soon to Netflix:
She-Ra and the Princess of Power
Number of Seasons So Far: 0
Cast: Sandra Oh, Genesis Rodriguez, Jordan Fisher, AJ Michalka, Aimee Carrero
The character She-Ra was introduced back in 1985 in The Secret of the Sword. Originally working as Captain Adora of the evil horde it was soon revealed that she was, in fact, the twin sister of Prince Adam thus making her Princess Adora. The character has gone on to appear in the DC comic adaptation of the universe. Over 30 years after her debut she finally has her own show.
Adora is a 16-year-old orphan raised by the evil Hordak. He is the tyrannical ruler of the Planet Etheria and commands a malevolent legion. While walking through the woods, Adora is led to a magical sword that turns her into the princess of power, She-Ra. Adora has a revelation and realizes Hordak and his corrupt ways are wrong. She chooses to fight for the rebellion and teams up with other magical princesses to form the Princess Alliance.
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh
Number of Seasons So Far: 4
Cast: Rachel Crow, Ana Ortiz, Ron Funches, Mark Whitten, Matt L. Jones
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh is a spin-off show of the 2015 film Home. It wasn’t the most popular film DreamWorks has ever released, at least compared to that of Shrek and the Kung Fu-Panda franchises. The film did have its own merits and did reasonably well at the box office considering. Pop star Rihanna and The Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons lent their voices to the role of Tip and Oh. Due to their demanding schedule, they were unable to reprise their roles for the show.
The series is centered around the title’s characters Tip & Oh. Picking up where the film left off, Oh has moved in with Tip and her family. Throughout the series, the pair has many adventures and get themselves into lots of trouble in the new world both cultures now share.
Spirit Riding Free
Number of Seasons So Far: 6
Cast: Amber Montana, Darcy Rose Byrnes, Sydney Park, Andy Pessoa
One of the lesser remembered DreamWorks films, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron debuted all the way back in 2002. Reviving the characters of the show DreamWorks and Netflix partnered to create the spin-off Spirit: Riding Free. Even though the series was originally released in May 2017 it already has 6 seasons under its belt.
The story is centered around a young city girl that recently moved to the Wild West. She forms a strong bond with the wild horse Spirit and soon the pair goes off on many adventures with their friends.
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Number of Seasons: 7
Cast: Jeremy Shada, Josh Keaton, Kimberly Brooks, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Steven Yeun
Voltron: Legendary Defender is an American animated-mech web television show. Inspired by the mecha shows of Japan and Korea the show has become massively popular and a flagship show for children’s programming on Netflix. The final season will be debuting on 14th of December, closing out a 78 episode and 8 season run.
After an intergalactic war, most of the known universe is now under the tyranny of Emperor Zarkon. The only hope the universe has of defeating Zarkon is in the form of Voltron, the 100-meter tall robot mecha warrior. King Alfor of the planet Altea separates the giant mecha and bonds the five energies of Voltron with his daughter Allura and her life force. Zarkon seeks to posses Voltron but he is thwarted by Allura as she encounters five space pilots on the planet Earth and they become the new Paladins. Reuniting the five pieces of Voltron they take the fight to Zarkon and his empire.
Pending/Renewed Dreamworks TV Shows on Netflix
The Boss Baby: Back in Business
Number of Seasons: 2
Current Status: Pending
Cast: JP Karliak, Pierce Gagnon, David W. Collins, Hope Levy, Kevin Michael Richardson
Boss Baby was released in 2017 and was a smash hit for fans worldwide. The movie was so popular it warranted its own TV show and a sequel, which is set for release in 2021. Unfortunately, Alec Baldwin and most of the cast of the film were unable to reprise their roles for the TV show, but the current crop of cast members do a fine job on their own.
The series takes place after the events of the first film. Boss Baby and his big brother Tim take on new threats and try to find their way through the world of Baby Corp.
Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
Number of Seasons: 1
Current Status: Pending
Cast: Nat Faxon, Ramone Hamilton, Jay Gragnani, David Koechner, Tress MacNeille
Captain Underpants is based on the novels of the same name by author Dav Pikey. The childrens books have been massively popular and a lot of adults today may have once read a tale or two themselves while growing up. It was only a matter of time before a studio gained the rights to the franchise, and back in 2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie was released to theatres worldwide. While the film didn’t garner the financial success it was looking for, Dreamworks still has a lot of faith in the franchise hence the creation of the TV show.
Captain Underpants is a series of tales centered around a strict school teacher that turns into the hero Captain Underpants after two of his students, George and Harold, hypnotize him.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
Number of Seasons: 4
Current Status: Renewed (Released 11/02/2018)
Cast: Skylar Astin, Amanda Leighton, Kari Wahlgren, Sam Lerner, Sean T. Krishnan
Long before Dreamworks ever made the movie, there were Troll Dolls. The original troll dolls were released in 1959 and over the decades they have been in and out of fashion. While the dolls have seen many changes over the years their iconic appearance is rooted firmly in pop culture. Dreamworks announced back in 2010 it would be creating a film based on the toys and in 2016 that is exactly what we got. A popular trend now for Dreamworks is to create a follow-up TV show for their movies and they didn’t miss a beat with Trolls.
The series continues where the film left off. Queen Poppy, Branch, the Trolls, and their new Bergen friends experience everyday life in the Troll village.
Ended Dreamworks TV Shows on Netflix
Number of Seasons: 3
Final Season Release: February 2016
Cast: Reid Scott, Eric Bauza, John Eric Bentley, Amir Talai, Grey DeLisle
Turbo FAST is the spin-off TV series of the 2013 film Turbo. The series was released exclusively on Netflix only five months after the release of the film. The film had an all-star cast so unfortunately, the core cast was unable to reprise their roles for the show. The production of the TV show had, in fact, begun almost a year before the film was even released. Turbo Fast had a three season run before the story concluded.
The story takes place after the events of the film. Turbo made a huge name for himself after winning the Indianapolis 500. A city has been built for the snails to live in along with their very own race track for them all to race against one another. Turbo continues his racing adventures with his brother Chet and the Snail Crew.
The Adventures of Puss in Boots
Number of Seasons: 6
Final Season Release: January 2018
Cast: Eric Bauza, Jayma Mays, Joshua Rush, Laraine Newman
It wasn’t a surprise to many that Puss N’ Boots was given his very own film and series. Puss first appeared in Shrek 2 in 2004 and it wasn’t until 7 years later that his first feature film was released at the box office. The film was a massive success, raking in $555 Million at the box office. The commercial success of the film would eventually lead to the release of The Adventures of Puss in Boots on Netflix in 2015.
The story takes place in the town of San Lorenzo where Puss resides. Having accidentally broken the spell that protected the town from intruders, Puss must defend the town from invaders. The town holds a legendary mystic treasure that Puss must protect while trying to find a way to restore the spell.
The Mr Peabody & Sherman Show
Number of Seasons: 4
Final Season Release: February 2017
Cast: Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Joshua Rush, Allison Janney
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a very old cartoon that originally aired back in 1959. DreamWorks revived the franchise in a feature film released in 2014. The film underperformed at the box office but the franchise continued through the TV show. The show had originally been ordered for 78 episodes but only 52 were produced by the end of its run.
The show follows the adventures of Mr Peabody and Sherman as they host a live historical tv show. Using historical figures as their guests, they bring them to the future using the WAYBAC time machine. While most of the series centered around the live show, the other half follows their time travel adventures.
Dawn of the Croods
Number of Seasons: 4
Final Season Release: July 2017
Cast: Stephanie Lemelin, Laraine Newman, Dan Milano, Cree Summer, Dee Bradley Baker
Dawn of the Croods is a spin-off show of the 2013 DreamWorks film The Croods. The film was met with great success at the box office making almost $600 million worldwide. The series is actually a prequel to the events of the film and ran for four seasons before coming to an end in July 2017.
The story centers around the Croods clan and their adventures, facing off against new enemies, and meeting new friends.
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
Number of seasons: 3
Final Season Release: May 2018
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Pearlman, Charlie Saxton. Steven Yeun
Trollhunters is an original American computer-animated fantasy series created by Guillermo Del Toro and Netflix. The series was considered to be very ambitious and went on to be nominated for nine Daytime Emmy awards. Surprisingly, the series was not a spin-off from a DreamWorks film. The show has spawned content in other media such as children’s books and a graphic novel series.
The story centers around the human Jim and the town of Arcadia. Underneath the town lives a civilization of Trolls who fight the Gumm-Gumms, evil Trolls from the Darklands. After finding an amulet that grants him the mantle of Trollhunter, Jim takes on a double life and fights the Gumm-Gumms alongside the other Trolls.
All Hail King Julien & All Hail King Julien: Exiled
Number of Seasons: 5 + 1
Final Season Release: December 2017
Cast: Danny Jacobs, Andy Richter, Kevin Michael Richardson, India de Beaufort
All Hail King Julien is a spin-off prequel show to Madagascar. Besides the Penguins of Madagascar, King Julien is arguably one of the fan favorites from the Madagascar franchise. The series debuted on Netflix back in December of 2014. Sacha Baron Cohen was a giant reason everyone loved King Julian, but he was unable to reprise the role in the series. Voice actor Danny Jacobs took on the role.
King Julien XII abdicates his throne to his nephew King Julien XIII after it was foretold that he would be eaten by the Foosa. The kingdom undergoes a dramatic change after the new King, who is well known as a party animal, decides to make everything more fun. When his uncle returns to reclaim his throne, King Julian thwarts the attempts and holds onto the kingdom.
Number of seasons: 5
Final Season Release: August 18, 2017
Cast: Andrew Francis, Ashleigh Ball, Richard Ian Cox, Matt Hill, Brian Drummond
Dinotrux is an original American computer-animated web cartoon. The series debuted on Netflix back in August of 2015. DreamWorks first acquired the rights to Dinotrux back in 2009 before the very first book was even published. There are five seasons of Dinotrux and another three seasons released as Dinotrux: Supercharged.
Set in the prehistoric Mesozoic era, the world is populated with dinosaur-construction vehicles called the Dinotrux. The rest of the population are hybrid reptile-tools called Reptools. The story is centered around Ty the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Revvit the Reptool. Throughout the show, the pair team up with the other inhabitants of their world and must defend their community and work from the evil Tyrannosaurus Trux, D-Structs.
Dragons Race to the Edge
Number of seasons: 6
Final Season Release: February 16, 2018
Cast: Jay Baruchel, T.J. Miller, America Ferrera, Zack Pearlman, Christopher Mintz-Platz
Dragons Race to the Edge is a prequel series to the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2. The franchise could now be considered DreamWork’s flagship after both its critical and commercial success. The 6th and final season aired in February 2018. Many fans were sad to see the series draw to a close, but with the release of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World set for release in February 2019 fans will be able to get their fix.
After the events of the first film Dragons and Vikings are now living in cohabitation. Trying to maintain the balance of this is Hiccup and Toothless. With the installation of the new dragon training academy, the Vikings are put through the wringer as the face new worlds and enemies.