A ‘Madagascar’ spin-off is coming to Hulu and Peacock

Since the first film hit the big screen in 2005, the “Madagascar” movie and television franchise has been popular with kids and their families. The original film was followed by “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” “Penguins of Madagascar” (in both movie and TV series formats), and the Netflix series “All Hail King Julien.”

Now, a new animated series has been added to the franchise and it will be available for streaming in September.

In the tradition of other shows such as “Muppet Babies” or “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo,” “Madagascar: A Little Wild” will take viewers back in time to the childhood days of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo. The animal kids will be shown growing up in their Central Park Zoo rescue habitats, where they have fun adventures, get in a little trouble and learn important life lessons.

Families will be able to stream the show on Hulu as well as Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform, which launched earlier this year.

The cast of the Hulu original series will be a bit different from the movies. The actors who loaned their voices to bring the animated stars of the film to life — namely, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith — will not be in the original Dreamworks Animation show. Of course, this makes sense because of the characters’ ages.

However, executive producer Johanna Stein of “Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny” and co-executive producer Dana Starfield of “Monster High: Welcome to Monster High” have worked to capture the iconic personalities of each beloved animal.

Six 22-minute episodes are set to begin streaming on September 7 on Hulu and Peacock streaming platforms, which will require registration and/or a subscription to stream.

Hulu has released the following trailer for the upcoming series.