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Netflix released a quirky new interactive TV show that kids will love

Published Apr 28th, 2022 3:51PM EDT
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Netflix didn’t get to be the biggest and most important streaming service in the world by only focusing on certain categories of content. At this point, the platform has something for everything. From prestige dramas like Anatomy of a Scandal (the #1 English-language Netflix show around the world right now) to dumb reality series. As well as Netflix kids shows, which include a just-released title we’ll talk more about below.

Granted, this whole effort is a task that requires a certain degree of finesse. Because if Netflix isn’t careful, it can become tantamount to the Walmart of streaming. Some critics, in fact, are insistent that the streamer is already there. And that it’s ceded its erstwhile tastemaker status to upstarts like HBO Max and Apple TV Plus. As far as kids series go, meanwhile, Netflix this month has released the 9-episode Battle Kitty, which you can read more about below.

Battle Kitty Netflix series

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Matt Layzell as Kitty, Matt Layzell as Orc, and Becky Robinson as Dicey Vine Monster in Netflix’s “Battle Kitty.” Image source: Netflix

Battle Kitty, according to the streamer’s official summary about the show, “is an animated, interactive series from Matt Layzell.

“In a futuristic-medieval world, warriors must find and defeat all the monsters on Battle Island, collecting their coveted keys in order to become ‘Champion’. Cut to Kitty and Orc, two best friends on a mission — to help Kitty become Champion their way, through cuteness and friendship! The two embark on the journey to Championhood, facing many obstacles and naysayers only to discover a surprise waiting for them at the Ancient Ruins.”

Interactive is the operative word to emphasize here. Because in addition to this being a new kids’ release? Battle Kitty also represents another instance of Netflix flexing its muscle in terms of creating interactive, choose-your-own-adventure-style content. All in an attempt to try and stay one step ahead of rival streamers, which are gaining ground every day.

Netflix kids shows

As we said, Battle Kitty is an outgrowth of Netflix’s push to offer the most comprehensive range of streaming content, across all genres. Other popular Netflix kid content includes:

  • CoComelon, which is actually a perennial Top 10 title on the streamer in the US;
  • Raising Dion, a critically acclaimed live-action series about a mother raising a young boy with superpowers. Which Netflix just canceled, unfortunately;
  • And The Cuphead Show, which is an animated adaptation of a video game.

All that said, meanwhile, we also can’t ignore the following. Netflix’s ambitions at the moment are running headlong into the financial reality that goes hand in hand with trying to defy the streaming law of gravity.

Specifically, the streamer has for years spent an insane amount of money on content — always more, more, more. Billions more, in fact, than its rivals. As a result, that’s now leading Wall Street to more closely scrutinize whether that huge spend is paying off. And just what Netflix is actually getting in return for throwing all those billions of dollars around.

For a variety of reasons, the sense is that Netflix is going to keep a tighter lid on spending — and, thus, take a slightly more curatorial approach to content — for the time being.

More Netflix coverage: For more Netflix news, check out our coverage of the latest new Netflix movies and series to watch.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.

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