Netflix and N.D. Wilson’s hit preschool series, about a group of problem-solving, pint-sized ninjas, returns with 10 new episodes.
Netflix’s hit animated series, Hello Ninja, has set its Season 2 return for April 24. The show has quickly become one of the streaming giant’s most popular preschool series, and will premiere 10 all-new episodes featuring everyone’s favorite pint-size ninja heroes exploring new worlds and squaring off against an all-new cast of villains.
Based on the book from N.D. Wilson, international best-selling author of “100 Cupboards” and “Boys of Blur,” Hello Ninja chronicles the magical, problem-solving adventures of BFF’s Wesley, Georgie and their cat Pretzel, through an imaginary world where in each episode they save the day by transforming into ninjas.
Wilson, the show’s creators, shared with AWN that "It's been an incredible privilege to get to work on this show with so many wildly talented people. Mike Dowding [director] and Mark Palmer [showrunner] both did such fantastic jobs, as did the entire team at Atomic Cartoons. It's been a real joy every step of the way, and I think that joy comes through in every character and every episode.”
“Hello Ninja is all about inspiring kids’ imaginations,” Wilson continues. “I want kids to watch the show and be more inspired by the world around them--inspired to become fantastic characters in this fantastic world, no matter what obstacles they might face.”
Wilson initially wrote the book for his youngest daughter who wanted him to take a break from novels; he’s just completed a follow up, also with artist Forrest Dickison, titled “Hello Ninja, Hello George,” which will be published by HarperCollins later this year.
“The response has been overwhelming and we can’t wait for fans to see what’s coming next,” added Wilson’s producing partner, Aaron Rench. “Netflix has been a terrific partner and we are so grateful for the chance to expand this universe in season two.”
Building on the first season’s success, Season 2 expands the show’s ninja-world with new ninja skills, and new adventures in far-flung and fantastical locales. Young fans of the picture book will be especially excited to recognize a new character or two as well.
The show features a stellar voiceover cast with Lukas Engel (PAW Patrol) as Wesley, Zoey Siewert (Nina’s World) as Georgie, and Sam Vincent (Ed, Edd n Eddy) as beloved sidekick, Pretzel.
Hello Ninja is produced by Gorilla Poet Productions and Atomic Cartoons. The new season is directed by Michael Dowding. Wilson, Rench, Grace Ledding, Mark Palmer, Jennifer Twiner McCarron and Matthew Berkowitz serve as executive producers.
Wilson and Rench are represented by Ledding’s Agile Entertainment and Doug Stone at Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.