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Apple TV+ Reveals Kids and Family Autumn Animation Slate

The streamer announces new spooky series, ‘Curses!' and ‘Shape Island: Creepy Cave Crawl’ stand-alone special coming in October - just in time for Halloween; ‘Interrupting Chicken’ Season 2 kicks off this month.

Apple TV+ revealed its autumn slate of all-new kids and family animated programming, including, just in time for Halloween, DreamWorks Animation’s Curses!, a new animated “spooky” adventure series streaming October 27, and Shape Island Creepy Cave Crawl” special debuting October 20. Also in the queue is Interrupting Chicken, Season 2, premiering September 29.

Curses!Debuts October 27

When a generations-long family curse turns Alex Vanderhouven to stone, it’s up to his two kids, Pandora and Russ, and his wife, Sky, to return artifacts stolen by their ancestors to their rightful homes to finally lift the curse for good.

From DreamWorks Animation, the 3DCG series is created, and executive produced by Jim Cooper (DreamWorks Dragons) and Jeff Dixon (The Hurricane Heist). Writer/director John Krasinski (A Quiet Place Parts I & II) also serves as executive producer; Allyson Seeger (A Quiet Place Parts I & II) serves as co-executive producer. Leo Riley (Guardians of the Galaxy, Tron: Uprising) is supervising producer, with Chris Copeland (Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts) and Justin Copeland (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines) serving as creative consultants. Leo Riley (Guardians of the Galaxy, Tron: Uprising) directs with animation services provided by CGCG and House of Cool.

The show features the voices of Emmy Award nominee Gabrielle Nevaeh (Monster High); Andre Robinson (The Loud House); Emmy Award nominee Lyric Lewis (Waffles + Mochi”); SAG award winner Reid Scott (Veep); Rhys Darby (Our Flag Means Death); James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Emmy Award winner Rhea Perlman (Barbie); Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun); and Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street).  

Shape Island: “Creepy Cave Crawl” - Debuts October 20

Based on the bestselling trilogy of Shapes picture books written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, the stop-motion series takes place on a charming island and invites viewers to join serious Square, intrepid Circle, and tricky Triangle on silly adventures as they dig up some fun, search for answers and build on their friendship — all while learning how to navigate each other’s differences.

In a stand-alone Halloween special, “Creepy Cave Crawl,” Circle and Square celebrate Halloween on their own with all treats and no tricks after Triangle pranks them.

The series features the voices of Gideon Adlon (Blockers); Scott Adsit (30 Rock); Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows); and Yvette Nicole Brown (Disenchanted). The show is co-created by book authors Barnett and Klassen, who serve as executive producers alongside Bix Pix Entertainment’s Emmy Award-winners Kelli Bixler and Drew Hodges. Ryan Pequin serves as co-executive producer and head writer.

Interrupting Chicken Season 2 – Debuts September 29

Based on the award-winning book series written and illustrated by David Ezra, the popular 2D animated preschool series Interrupting Chicken will continue introducing children to the joy of creative writing - starting with a young little chicken named Piper, who has a habit of interrupting story time! Every time Piper hears a story, she can’t help but jump in, ask questions, and let her imagination run wild as she tries to fill in details, guess what happens next, or insert herself in the middle of the action to help save the day.

In Season 2, Piper helps Cinderella get to the ball, surf with a sea monster, and build a Royal Rollercoaster with the King.

The series, developed by Emmy Award winner Ron Holsey, is executive produced by Holsey alongside Stein, Loris Kramer Lunsford, and Clint Eland. In partnership with Mercury Filmworks, the series stars the voice talents of Emmy Award winner Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, American Fiction) and Juliet Donenfeld (Pete the Cat, Gabby’s Dollhouse). This season also boasts impressive guest stars, including multi-Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean, who performs an original song, and Paula Poundstone (Inside Out).

Source: Apple TV+

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.