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‘Beat Bugs’ Returns with Special, New Beatles Cover

Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) covers ‘Here Comes the Sun’ for the Emmy-winning series’ return.

Queen Bee is the nine-time winner of the Bug Factor, a prestigious inter-garden talent show that the bugs journey to compete in in ‘Beat Bugs: All Together Now.’

Netflix will premiere Nov. 21 a 48-minute Beat Bugs special called Beat Bugs: All Together Now, featuring an original cover of The Beatles’ classic Here Comes the Sun by Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Created by Josh Wakely, Beat Bugs premiered two seasons on Netflix in 2016. The animated children’s series is inspired by themes and characters found in The Beatles’ iconic music. Off the heels of the show’s Emmy win earlier this year, Netflix is bringing back the adorable bugs and some of the band’s most beloved tunes for a 48-minute special in which they venture outside the garden to attend a prestigious talent show. 

In addition to Here Comes the Sun, other tracks that are covered in the special include I Want to Hold Your Hand, All Together Now and Ticket to Ride

In the past two seasons of Beat Bugs, artists including Rod Stewart, Chris Cornell, Sia, Jennifer Hudson and P!nk have covered Beatles songs in the show.

Wakely’s aim in securing the rights to the Beatles catalog and getting superstar artists to re-record Beatles classics for the show is to re-position the legendary band’s music for a new generation. With the regular season episodes running for 13 minutes and this particular Beatles catalog spanning over 250 songs, he had plenty more to work with for this special and with a longer timeframe, Wakely and his production team were able to hone in on refreshed, vibrant animation.

Source: Netflix

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.