‘Llama Llama’ TV Series Is Coming To Netflix This Month
Jennifer Garner will be the voice of Mama Llama!
The first book in the “Llama Llama” series was released in 2005, but since then, the work of author-illustrator Anna Dewndey has become a childhood classic and a beloved part of many children’s introduction to literature.
Although Dewndey tragically passed away in 2016 after a battle with brain cancer, her lively, wistful and pitch-perfect “Llama Llama” characters are being given new life in an animated series on Netflix.
“Llama, Llama” will debut on Jan. 26, and the 30-minute episodes will feature all of the characters we’ve come to love from the series, including Llama Llama, Mama Llama, Nelly Gnu, Gilroy Goat, Zelda Zebra and many more.
Jennifer Garner will be providing the voice of Mama Llama, who, as fans know, is the heart and soul of the “Llama Llama” series. Like many toddlers, much of Llama Llama’s emotional world revolves around his mama, whether he is missing her, angry with her, enjoying time at home with her or telling her how much he loves her.
The “Llama Llama” series will be geared towards pre-schoolers. The team behind the series includes such talent as Emmy Award-winning writer Joe Purdy of “Hey, Arnold!“, Disney Art Director Ruben Aquino of “The Lion King” and “Frozen” and Emmy Award-winning producers Jane Startz and Andy Heyward.
Most importantly, “Llama Llama” creator Anna Dewndey’s long-time partner Reed Duncan will also be serving as producer, so the authentic spirit of Dewndey and her characters will hopefully be translated onto the screen.
Dewendey left a huge legacy for families who read together and when she passed away, the internet mourned her loss.
From large book retailers like Barnes and Noble:
— Barnes and Noble (@BNDenverWest) September 7, 2016
To elementary school teachers who loved sharing books with her students about one of their favorite characters:
— AllisonMWebb (@AllisonMWebb7) September 6, 2016
Now, though, the internet is buzzing in happy aniticipation for the on-screen adaptation!
One adult admits the “Llama Llama” series will be on the “must-watch” list! After all, what librarian wouldn’t want to give it a try?
— Middleton Library (@midlibraryorg) January 4, 2018
Twitter mom Alicia Shoults seems just as excited as the kids about the new show!
— Alicia Shoults (@aliciashoults) January 5, 2018
And you remember one of 2017’s viral videos featuring “Llama Llama,” right? Rapper Ludacris had some fun rapping the book during a radio appearance last year and the internet blew up with it!
Although Dewndey’s death, at the age of 50, was much too soon, you’d have to think she’d be thrilled to know that her work will now reach even more children. As she once told the New Jersey Star-Ledger, “A good children’s book is like a performance. I don’t feel my world really exists until an adult has read it to a child.”
You can enjoy the trailer below, and don’t forget to check out the series on Jan. 26.
[h/t: Scary Mommy]