Watch This! ‘Beat Bugs’ revives The Beatles for kids on Netflix

The Netflix original series 'Beat Bugs' features the music of The Beatles as covered by contemporary artists

The Beat Bugs are five insect buddies who get into mischief in their backyard universe, but the “beat” of the title comes from a different genus: The Beatles. The series, an animated show of kids coming to Netflix this summer, features the music of The Beatles as covered by contemporary artists, including Eddie Vedder, P!nk, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, James Corden, and Birdy.

“Personally I’m very grateful to be part of Josh’s vision,” says Eddie Vedder. “A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written.”

Created by director / writer / producer Josh Wakely, who negotiated the deal for his production company to use the songs (though not the original recordings) of The Beatles, the series is scheduled to debut on Netflix in August.

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About Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker is a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, The Seattle Weekly, Keyframe, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( He was a film critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for nine years and a longtime home video columnist for IMDb and MSN Movies, and his work has appeared in Indiewire,, The Stranger, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, Filmfax, Psychotronic Video, and "The Scarecrow Video Guide." You can find links to all of this and more on his shamelessly self-promoting blog at

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