Netflix Orders Exploding Kittens Animated Series Starring Tom Ellis and Lucy Liu, Netflix Orders Exploding Kittens Animated Series Starring Tom Ellis and Lucy Liu, Mobile Game Launching Alongside Series
Netflix has made an announcement that could change the platform’s upcoming releases in the future. The streamer will be releasing an animated series based on the popular card game Exploding Kittens. Alongside the series, Netflix will also be releasing a mobile game that will mark the first and one-of-its-kind adaptation for the streamer. The series will star Tom Ellis, Lucy Liu, and Abraham Lim. The series is scheduled to release in 2023 with the mobile game arriving this May.
Netflix describes the series:
“In the animated series, titled Exploding Kittens,the eternal conflict between Heaven and Hell reaches epic proportions when both God and the Devil are sent to Earth – in the bodies of chunky house cats. The series comes from showrunners Shane Kosakowski and Matthew Inman; executive producers Mike Judge, Greg Daniels and Dustin Davis of Bandera Entertainment; executive producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping for the Chernin Entertainment Group; and executive producers and creators of the Exploding Kittens franchise, Elan Lee and The Oatmeal’s Inman.”
The mobile game’s description is as follows:
“Exploding Kittens – The Game retains the same classic gameplay where players draw cards aiming to avoid the Exploding Kitten. Plus, fans will enjoy two new exclusive cards: Radar, which reveals to players the position of the Exploding Kitten closest to the top of the card deck, and Flip Flop, which reverses the order of the cards in the deck. Future cards and game mechanics will be themed around the animated series so friends and families can play with their favorite characters and bring the show to life. With both single and multiplayer options, the game will be available to Netflix members without additional fees or in-app purchases.”
Exploding Kittens is coming from showrunners Shane Kosakowski and Matthew Inman with Mike Judge, Greg Daniels, and Dustin Davis serving as executive producers alongside Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping while the original card game creators Elan Lee, and Inman will also serve as executive producers.
Mike Moon the Netflix Head of Adult Animation had this to say about the announcement:
“The co-development of a game and animated series breaks new ground for Netflix. And we couldn’t think of a better game to build a universe around than Exploding Kittens, one of the most inventive, iconic and original games of this century! Netflix is the perfect place to explore this growing franchise, and we are so fortunate to be working with this incredible team!”
Leanne Loombe, the Head of External Games, Netflix, added:
“Our goal is to offer our members great entertainment they’ll love in whatever format they may enjoy – whether it be a game or an animated series. As we expand our mobile games catalog, we’re excited to partner with the Exploding Kittens digital team to bring this enjoyable game to all age groups, including a few exciting updates exclusively for our members.”
Inman, Exploding Kittens Chief Creative Officer, also gave a statement, saying:
“Netflix is the only service that could bring Exploding Kittens to life in both a series and a game. We actually launched Exploding Kittens on Kickstarter as a weekend project, but our community has been the heart and soul of the company over the past six years. The new series and game will give our fans new ways to connect and interact with the franchise.”
The Exploding Kittens series arrives in 2023 but no official release date has been given.