Amazon Studios Announces Four Animated Kids’ Pilots

Amazon Studios, which develops entertainment properties by way of online submissions and crowdsourcing feedback from its users, has greenlit five new pilots intended for kids ages 6-11, four of which are animated properties. If any of these concepts are chosen to go to series, they will join Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleaf, which have moved past the pilot stage and into production. Those greenlit series will stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video and the U.K.’s LOVEFILM beginning in fall 2013.

Here are the four new animated pilots:

Grid Smasher
Created by Dan Clark (Team Smithereen, Yo Gabba Gabba!)
Johnico and his team of rag-tag aliens compete to win the greatest game in the universe.

The Jo B. & G. Raff Show
Created by Josh Selig (The Wonder Pets)
Two best friends, Jo B. and G. Raff are hosts of their very own TV show, “The Jo B. & G. Raff Show.” But every day, just when their show is about to start, Jo B. realizes that G. Raff is gone!

Wishenpoof!
Created by Angela Santomero (Blues Clues, Super Why!)
Bianca is just like any other little girl…well, kind of. You see, there is one teeny little thing that makes Bianca different from other little girls: Bianca has “wish magic” – the power to make wishes come true!


Hard-Boiled Eggheads

Created by Duane Capizzi (Transformers Prime, Jackie Chan Adventures)
Miles and Kelvin are classified special agents who strike out to correct the mistakes of science – monsters born of toxic waste, mutants born of lab accidents, the occasional hostile alien.


  • jmahon

    I don’t know but these seem like a massive improvement over the last pitches. Maybe it’s because they’re not trying to impress adults, or maybe because they took away something from the reaction to the last ones and are learning from their mistakes… either way, this seems pretty positive!

  • http://the-animatorium.blogspot.com/ Natalie Belton

    The more I see of these internet animated programs, the less appealing they look. I would have been excited if I were under seven.

  • Brandon V. Fletcher

    The only one thats jumping out at me is Hard-Boiled Eggheads

  • SarahJesness

    Eh, doesn’t look like anything special. Really, they all look like generic characters you find on generic products aimed at kids. Like, going into the greeting card section to get a birthday card for a 10-year old boy, you see the Grid Smasher characters and the card says something like “I hope your birthday is out of this world!”. The girl from “Wishenpoof” looks like something you’d see that was trying to leech off the popularity from another toy line.

    The designs on “Hard-Boiled Eggheads” stand out, at least, they are a little interesting and a little appealing to look at.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    Maybe it’s just me, but the last one “Hard Boiled Eggheads” actually looks kind of cool.

    • SarahJesness

      Agreed. It does have a more unique art style that is interesting to look at.

  • Mapache

    That Jo B. and G. Raff show looks really amazing. It’s pretty and stylish and I can see little kids tottally diggin it.

    The rest of them look to srudent-ish?

  • StephaneDumas

    Back when Sesame Street didn’t focused mainly on Elmo and before characters like Franklin Roosevelt, Don Music and Harvey Kneeslapper didn’t got the “Chuck Cunningham syndrome”. Besides Mr. Rogers there was also Captain Kangaroo and in the Great White North, series like The Friendly Giant, Mr. Dressup on CBC, Bobino on French Radio-Canada and CJOH (known now as CTV Ottawa) produced a show who could be classifield politically incorrect by today’s standards who helped to put Nickelodeon on the map: You Can’t Do that on Television.

    Those were the days as Archie Bunker and his wife Edith might said. ;-)

  • thedemon13

    Eggheads will RULE!

  • Diashawn

    Hard-boiled eggheads look like its going to be good.