Amazon Studios Greenlights 3 New Animated Kids’ Pilots

"Niko and the Sword of Light" is one of the upcoming Amazon Studios pilots.

“Niko and the Sword of Light” is one of the upcoming Amazon Studios pilots.

Amazon Studios, which produces original content for the streaming site Amazon Prime, has announced production on three new animated kids’ pilots.

Buddy: Tech Detective, a preschool whodunit called written by Jennifer Hamburg (Henry Hugglemonster, Super Why!) and produced by The Foundation and Jellyfish Animation Limited.

The Stinky and Dirty Show, an adaptation of “I Stink!” book series by Jim and Kate McMullan. The show, which follows the friendship between a garbage truck and a backhoe loader, is being written by Guy Toubes’ (Littlest Pet Shop, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi) and animated by Brown Bag Films, Ltd.

Niko and the Sword of Light, a series version of the animated comic book produced by Imaginism Studios and StudioNX. It will be written by Rob Hoegee (Slugterra, Generator Rex), animated by Titmouse, and will feature the voice talents of Tom Kenny and Jim Cummings.

Amazon Studios’ development process allows Amazon customers to vote on which projects move forward in development. After these three pilots—along with two other live-action pilots—debut early next year, viewers can weigh in on which ones are brought to full series and streamed on Amazon Prime.


  • Pedro Nakama

    Cool! Streaming is the future media. Television networks are so old fashioned. “Maybe we can fit you into the 9:30 time slot.”

  • http://jenhurler.com Jen H

    I supported the Niko comic on Kickstarter and I’ve really enjoyed it a lot. The limited animation was quite interesting (limited in the sense that the interactive elements set it apart from it being an animated film, as Amid wrote about previously). It definitely made me more aware of motion comics. But I am also really excited to see this expand as a full-blown animated show. However, I’m not too crazy about the shows the writer has done in the past… Guess we’ll see!

  • Santiago Casares

    Can’t wait to see Niko! :)

  • Mac Kerman

    I have seen some of the early footage of Niko and the Sword of Light Pilot. It’s looking pretty spectacular.

  • Taco

    Big congrats to the folks at Imaginism Studios and StudioNX for getting their Niko concept off the ground and up as a hopeful future series via this pilot. Fingers crossed that it has as strong of a plot as it does the artwork.

  • Crystal

    I’m really hoping Niko will be more “mature” (in the same sense that Gargoyles or Samurai Jack is but still supposedly being “kids” shows). I’m REALLY looking forward to it! I also just love adapting more non-superhero comics without sugar-coating its source material (unlike how Martin Mystery or Catscratch(/Gear) were softer. I’m totally gonna purchase it when it comes out so we can have more! AND it has a lot of great voice actors (aside from a real kid doing Nico’s voice, which is understandable)–I love seeing them in more serious cartoons! I realize I’m jumping to conclusions quite a bit though . . .

    Now only if we could adapt Bone, Mouse Guard, Amulet without watering them down . . .