Netflix To Launch Animated Series For Kids Featuring Beatles Music



More than any other classic rock artists, the Beatles made music that has been embraced and loved by successive generations of little kids.

I know this from personal experience. I was a kid myself once. When I was 5 or 6 years old, I would play my big sister’s Beatles albums over and over again on a little portable record player. In my mind’s nose I can still smell the coils and resistors of that little unit heating up as I gave it a workout, spinning those discs for hours on end. I loved every second of it.

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Years later when I became a parent I discovered quite unexpectedly that my kids loved it when we played Beatles music. I can still picture them ages 4 and 6 playing air guitar together to “Ticket To Ride”, with the little guy singing “mine baby don’t care” on the extro. Pure joy all around.

It’s hard to put a finger on why exactly children love Beatles music. I think there’s a certain unique sparkle and sprightliness to Beatles recordings that somehow strikes a happy nerve in their hyper-sensitive perception capabilities. I think it also speaks to to the Beatles’ genius as songwriters, and their ability to come up with melodies that are universally loved, along with memorable words to hold them in place.

After all, it stands to reason that if the Beatles are the most beloved artists of all time, then many little people are going to love them too.

So I was happy to learn that Netflix will be debuting an new animated series this summer called Beat Bugs, which will feature new versions of Beatles songs woven into the narrative to help tell “uplifting and life-affirming stories filled with hope and melody”. The series will feature Eddie Vedder, Pink, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, James Corden, Birdy, and others recording their own rendition of a Beatles song.

This kind of thing bodes well for future generations. Maybe they should go further and teach The Beatles in elementary schools as a part of basic training. Just as learning the alphabet helps a child become adept at language, learning about the Beatles will help a child appreciate the joys of music, and maybe other things too.

For me, absorbing The Beatles at such a young age not only shaped my tastes and my openness to all kinds of music, but it also heavily influenced a world view that I still hold today. The Beatles taught me that love is all you need, and I’m not too jaded to admit that it may be the most important thing I ever learned. It sure beats long division, which to be honest I never really got the hang of.

Imagine what a better place the world would be if more kids grew up embracing not just the music but the lessons of the Beatles, too.

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