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More kids pilots for Amazon

Tumble_Leaf1Amazon Prime Instant Video’s latest children’s programming pilots comprise three cartoons and a pair of live-action series.

The SVOD service’s content arm, Amazon Studios, has greenlit animated shows The Stinky & Dirty Show, Buddy: Tech Detective and Niko and the Sword of Light, and live-actioners Table 58 and Just Add Magic.

They join the previously announced Sara Solves it on Amazon’s new slate of kids pilots that launch in early 2015. Amazon’s latest batch of drama and comedy pilots will made be available to subscribers this week.

The Stinky & Dirty Show is a preschool show based on a book series from Jim and Kate McMullan, and comes from Ireland’s Brown Bag Films. It follows” the adventures and mishaps faced by best friends and unlikely heroes Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader”.

Another preschool toon, Buddy: Tech Detective, comes from Zodiak Kids-owned UK prodco The Foundation, with Jennifer Hamburg attached to write. Jellyfish Animation is attached.

Niko and the Sword of Light is for kids aged 6-11 and based on a graphic comic from Imaginism Studios (Alice in Wonderland) and Studio NX (Tree Fu Tim).

Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex) will write the show, which comes from Titmouse (Turbo FAST) and follows a young boy with a magic sword that embarks on a quest to defeat enemies and bring light back to his land.

Live-action shows Table 58 and Just Add Magic are also for 6-11s. The former is a single-cam comedy from May Chan (Phineas & Ferb) about a group of geeks that occupy a high school lunch room table.

Just Add Magic is based on Cindy Callaghan’s young adult book series of the same name, with Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco (Fairly Odd Parents) and Nancy Cohen (Sabrina) adapting it for Amazon.

Another single-cam comedy, it follows on a girl and her best friends that discover her grandmother’s mysterious cookbook.

Episodes from Amazon’s first group of commissioned kids shows – Tumble Leaf (pictured), Creative Galaxy and Annedroids – launch on September 5, October 3 and October 30, respectively.