If you’re a Beatles fan and you’re looking for a great way to introduce your kids to some of the best-known songs in our galaxy, you’ll never find a better opportunity than “Beat Bugs,” Netflix’s new, animated, binge-watchable series.
“Beat Bugs” is aimed at kids 0-2, but plenty of slightly older kids (and their adult wranglers) will love the show. The storylines are fairly standard: a group of kids who help each other through everyday challenges, learning valuable life lessons along the way.
And the cast of characters is oddly reminiscent of “A Bug’s Life” (adorable baby girl, spunky older girl, scientist, stubborn boy, overweight caterpillar, a stick bug with self-esteem issues, and so on).
But there are two things that make “Beat Bugs” different. First, the quality of the animation is great. Second, each episode’s plot is loosely structured around a song by the Fab Four, and the featured song is covered by musicians and artists you’ve probably heard of (and may even like).
For example, P!nk covers “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” in an episode about a little bug who can’t fall asleep; Robbie Williams sings “Good Day Sunshine” in an episode about how the Beat Bugs get Mr. Sun to come back from an extended vacation.
And Sia sings “Blackbird” as the Beat Bugs help heal a bird with a broken wing.
Other artists include Frances, Eddie Veder, Aloe Blacc, and The Shins. You can watch, listen, dance to, and sing along with all 13 episodes of season 1 right now. Click here to watch the season 1 trailer.
Season 2, which will feature Rod Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, Of Monsters and Men, Tori Kelly, James Bay, and others, will start airing on November 18, 2016.
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