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Netflix, DreamWorks team up on original series for kids

The new original series, a spin-off of the DreamWorks Animation film "Turbo," will be premiering on Netflix this December.

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With "House of Cards" now officially a smashing success for Netflix, it's no surprise the company is looking to expand its programming.

The company announced today that it has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation to launch another original series on its streaming service. The show, "Turbo: F.A.S.T." will debut in December and is a spin-off of "Turbo," the DreamWorks Animation film premiering in theaters July 19.

Netflix's first original series, "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey, has been critically acclaimed for its depiction of U.S. politics. The title is currently the most popular streaming series on Netflix.

Unlike "House of Cards," "Turbo: F.A.S.T." will cater to kids. The franchise follows an "ordinary snail" that, following a freak accident, is given the power to move at superspeed. The film stars a host of major Hollywood actors, including Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Paul Giamatti.

According to Netflix, "Turbo: F.A.S.T." picks up where the film leaves off. It's not clear whether the same voice actors will participate in the show.

As part of their deal, Netflix and DreamWorks have agreed to make the studio's animated feature films available for Netflix members in the U.S. The films DreamWorks Animation releases this year will be the first to come to Netflix.