Netflix’s Beat Bugs Get Bigger

 Beat Bugs, which features songs from The Beatles, is back for season 3 on Netflix on November 9. And this time around, creator Josh Wakely tells Cynopsis, it’s a whole new world.

Cynopsis: What’s new for season three?

Josh Wakely: In Season 3, the series becomes even more ambitious. We expand beyond the garden and introduce new characters, some we’ll see more regularly. In short, this little world that became big, gets a whole lot bigger.  And we’ve added in some Beatles tunes that we weren’t able to get to in the first two seasons like “Let It Be,” “Day in the Life,” “Hey Jude,” “Paperback Writer,” “Yesterday,” “Revolution,” and “Long and Winding Road” with artists like the legendary Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) and the wondrously talented Samantha Gongol of duo Marian Hill who lend their voices to covers in season three. 

Cynopsis: Are you finding an adult audience because of the music?

Wakely: We are. The music of the Beatles that we re-recorded for the show has always been done to the highest standards, with contributions from some of the world’s best musicians in addition to some of the most talented artists. Our versions of these iconic songs were always done in a way that was perfectly engineered and crafted for children while being something that adults wanted to listen to as well. 

A big part of the driving force behind Beat Bugs was making a show that parents and their children could enjoy co-viewing together, which is why I chose the world’s best music and ensured some of the best musicians who could do this music justice were involved in the project.

Cynopsis: How did the deal with Netflix come about? How has it evolved?

Wakely: I’ve found Netflix consistently great collaborators. They let us know early on that Beat Bug” was something they saw as long-term property. As we both saw the audience’s reaction to the series from around the world when it premiered back in 2016, a deal to make further seasons quickly and efficiently evolved.

 Our work onBeat Bugs also paved the way to collaborate on other projects, including my upcoming animated series Motown Magic, based on the music of Motown. That will premiere November on Netflix, and my team and I are immensely looking forward to sharing this show with the world with the help of Netflix once again.

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