‘CoComelon’ grows to include speaking characters, live tour

Sep 7, 2022, 7:00 AM | Updated: 7:41 pm
This image released by Netflix shows characters, from left, Bingo, YoYo, JJ and TomTom from “CoCo...

This image released by Netflix shows characters, from left, Bingo, YoYo, JJ and TomTom from “CoComelon." A new series called "CoComelon Lane" is launching in 2023 and will feature characters who speak. The franchise also has expanded to include a live tour kicking off Sept. 16 in Baltimore. (Netflix via AP)

(Netflix via AP)

One of Netflix’s most popular children’s series, “CoComelon,” a giggly, musical series with repetitive lyrics, dropped a new special on Monday., providing many parents, like Arinze Odira, of Windsor, Ontario, a reprieve.

“I had a lot of stuff I wanted to do and my my wife was sleeping,” explained Odira, whose daughter, Keine, is 13 months. “I put ‘CoComelon’ on and she was there for almost three hours. I had the time to do everything I wanted to do.”

Odira was so thankful, he took to Twitter to share his thanks: “To the producers of ‘CoComelon,’ I owe you guys a bottle of whisky. Thank you for helping millions of parents around the world.”

It may not be as flashy or as high-profile as Netflix’s adult programming, such as “Bridgerton” or “The Crown,” but “CoComelon” is an important show for the streaming service. Besides the U.S., it’s hit the top 10 in countries including the UK, Philippines, Canada and South Africa.

“CoComelon” and Netflix also plan to go big in 2023 by releasing a new series called, “CoComelon Lane” where the characters speak. Episodes will be set up by main character JJ, a toddler with a tiny curl of hair on the top of his head and two teeth.

“He talks directly to camera, so he talks to the kid at home. It really feels like he’s inviting you into a playdate with him and his friends. He’s asking you to come with him on whatever his journey of the day is,” said Heather Tilert, Netflix’s preschool content executive, who says “CoComelon Lane” is targeted for children a little bit older.

“Cocomelon is really hoping to continue with kids who have fallen in love with JJ and friends already and kind of move with them through their development. So, ‘CoComelon Lane’ we see as really kind of for 3 to 5-years-olds.”

The new hourlong special released this week, called “Fun with Family and Friends,” consists of 20 new musical animated shorts. It’s the first “CoComelon” content exclusively available on Netflix. They’ve upped their music game too, licensing songs parents will recognize including “Twist and Shout” and “Stand by Me,” but touching on skills for reaching pre-school milestones including colors, shapes, movement and even emotions.

“CoComelon” was originally created in 2005 by Jay Jeon, a father in California who had the idea to use songs to teach his own two kids. He began uploading the videos to YouTube. Those videos eventually grew to gain billions of views and “CoComelon” was acquired by Moonbug Entertainment in 2020.

It’s expanded the franchise with spin-offs, a podcast on Spotify and a new live tour called ” CoComelon Live! ” kicking off Sept. 16 in Baltimore.

Tapping into exactly what makes “CoComelon” so popular with kids is “the big question,” said Andy Yeatmen, Moonbug’s managing director of Americas, but he thinks it is due in large part to putting the child first rather than going over kids’ heads to entertain parents.

“Everything is very thoughtful about being from a preschooler’s point of view. So, not what an adult would think about as important to a 3-year-old, but what a 3-year-old would think is important.”

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

A blue Honda is loaded onto a flatbed tow truck in Wildwood, N.J., late Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. A...
Associated Press

2 charged in pair of crashes amid pop-up car rally in NJ

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities announced charges Tuesday against two men in a pair of vehicle crashes — one of which killed two people — during a pop-up car rally in southern New Jersey over the weekend. Police across multiple communities struggled to control the chaotic situation. Videos on social media showed modified vehicles revving […]
15 hours ago
Associated Press

Capitol rioter a ‘one man wrecking ball,’ gets 7 year term

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge sentenced a Capitol rioter to seven years in prison Tuesday, calling the Iowa man a “one man wrecking ball” who helped in a sustained assault on a police officer. Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Kyle Young in U.S. District Court in Washington to the long term, noting he […]
15 hours ago
This Sept. 26, 2022, satellite image released by NASA shows Hurricane Ian growing stronger as it ba...
Associated Press

Tampa’s Phoenix simulation anticipated Category 5 hurricane

In ominous tones, a documentary narrator describes the devastation wrought on the Tampa Bay, Fla. area by “Phoenix,” a tropical storm that grew into a Category 5 hurricane. More than 160 deaths with 30,000 missing people. Upwards of 300,000 people seeking shelter. As much as $200 billion in building damage. “The devastation to the region […]
15 hours ago
A house lays in the mud after it was washed away by Hurricane Fiona at Villa Esperanza in Salinas, ...
Associated Press

Puerto Rico seeks U.S. waiver as diesel dwindles after storm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Tuesday requested that the U.S. government waive a federal law to allow for more fuel shipments to the island amid concerns over a dwindling supply of diesel in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi warned that a shortage of fuel would affect public […]
15 hours ago
FILE - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference Sept. 20, 202...
Associated Press

McConnell backs post-Jan. 6 revisions to elections law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he will “proudly support” legislation to overhaul rules for certifying presidential elections, bolstering a bipartisan effort to revise a 19th century law and avoid another Jan. 6 insurrection. The legislation would clarify and expand parts of the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which, along with the […]
15 hours ago
Follow @ktar923...
Sponsored Content by Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
‘CoComelon’ grows to include speaking characters, live tour