This is brilliant: Netflix will help parents get the kids to bed early tonight without missing the fun of the countdown to 2019. The video streaming service is offering the countdown with star characters from some 2018’s most popular children’s movies, but here’s the genius part of it: You can play the movies at any time of the day.
Pro tip: You may want to hide the phones and electronic devices, and manually set back your clocks if you really want to trick them into thinking they’ve stayed up past midnight.
Netflix said research shows that 77 percent of U.S. parents prefer staying in on New Year’s Eve to going out for the biggest bash of the year.
The countdown segments, geared for young children and tweens, are about five minutes long and are featured in the following:
“Alexa and Katie”
As the two lifelong best friends start their freshman year in high school, they confront a sudden role reversal when bold Alexa deals with cancer and timid Katie gets a chance to experience life the way Alexa does (whether she wants to or not).
“Prince of Peoria”
Emil, a 13-year-old prince from a wealthy island kingdom travels to the United States to live incognito with an exchange student. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with his total opposite, Teddy, a fastidious overachiever.
This mockumentary style animated show follows the everyday life of Pinky Malinky, an infectiously positive hot dog living in a human world with his two best friends, Babs and JJ. By pushing himself to new heights, he proves that being a “wiener” is only a letter away from being a “winner.”
Ben, a deeply imaginative and slightly awkward eight-year-old African-American boy with a big heart, uses a magical paintbrush to bring life to street-art characters and murals on the walls f his city. Each of the stories is inspired and built around a classic Motown song, sung by the characters as an intrinsic part of the dramatic narrative.
Castaways Yellow and Red live on an island with with fellow insects, animals and a human, an extremely clumsy man who has very limited wit and intelligence. He becomes their competitor for food, shelter, survival and escape.
With songs made famous by the Beatles, five friendly bugs learn big lessons about the world around them — all from the safety of their own backyard.
This film follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a ragtag group of heroes with unique elemental skills who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. They achieve victory by setting aside their egos, learning to trust one another and fighting as one to maintain harmony and balance in the land.
As preschoolers with super powers, Drac, Cleo, Lobo, Katya, Zoe and Frankie are students with dual identities: humans by day and magical monsters by night. They attend scghool at the prestigious Pitchfork Pines Preschool, where they work together under the leadership of their teachers, Igor and Esmie, as they attempt to master their seemingly untamable powers.
“True and the Rainbow Kingdom”
True, the guardian of the magical Rainbow Kingdom and the show’s bright and resilient girl lead, and her best friend, Bartleby the cat, use ingenuity and creative thinking to solve problems big and small, and bring harmony and love to all. The series is based on artwork by the “Friends With You” fine art collective and its positive messages of magic, luck and friendship.
“Tales of Arcadia: 3Below”
A teenage girl, a Latino boy and and old man, who all happen to be aliens, find themselves marooned on a backwater, primitive world on Earth when their home planet is torn apart by Civil War. They take on human guises to conceal their alien form as they search for safe passage back home, but in the process develop a real affection for Earth and its inhabitants. The series asks a simple but complex question: What is home?
“All Hail King Julien”
King Julien and his trusty advisers race to save the kingdom from secret agents, stampeding clones and more.
Thanks to the underground efforts of Baby Corp, babies have always had the biggest slice of the love pie. Boss Baby, the suit-wearing, briefcase carrying vice president of field operations will do whatever he can to keep it that way. With his older brother, Tim, and the loyal Baby Corp field team by his side, taking on designer puppies and anarchist kittens just feels like another day at the office.
“Spirit Riding Free”
Inspired by the Oscar nominated film “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” this film follows the heartfelt journey of a wild mustang that cannot be tamed. A whole new generation will experience all the daring adventures when Spirit meets a girl named Lucky,whose courage matches his own. Together they push limits, harness the power of friendship and discover what it means to be free.
In this spinoff based on the classic 1990s comedy, “Full House,” Kimmy and Stephanie move in to help D.J. Tanner raise her three children when she loses her husband.
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