Skylanders Academy will debut on Netflix on 28 October

Alex Kidman 21 September 2016

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Fans of the toys to life game can enjoy the animated adventures of Spyro from the end of October.

Netflix announced back in June that it was working on an animated originals show based around Activision Blizzard’s wildly successful Skylanders franchise, to be called Skylanders Academy.

Skylanders Academy will be available to watch in Australia on 28 October 2016, with the entire season available to binge from that date. Netflix has already committed to a second season of Skylanders Academy, set to be released in "late 2017"; if other Netflix originals are any indication it’s quite likely that will be an October 2017 release.

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Skylanders Academy is described by Netflix as follows:

The series follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a group of heroes with unique elemental skills and personalities who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers and showing the next wave of Academy cadets how to do things the "Skylander way."

The series stars Justin Long (yes, the "I’m a Mac" guy) as Spyro, alongside Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) as Stealth Elf; Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) as Eruptor; and Norm MacDonald (Saturday Night Live) as Glumshanks. There’s also a wide variety of celebrity cameo voices on tap, including Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Diamantopoulos, Bobcat Goldthwait, Diamond Minecart and Harland Williams. For our money, the standout odd celebrity casting choice is James Hetfield of Metallica. We’re still not sure what the Skylanders connection is there.

The 28 October launch date means that Skylanders Academy will arrive just after the next game in the Skylanders game series, Skylanders Imaginators, which launches in Australia on 13 October. So if you can’t afford all the figures and starter set for the game, you may be able to keep your kids sated (somewhat) with the series only two weeks later.

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