Toronto-based children’s entertainment powerhouse Guru Studio today announced its hit preschool series True and the Rainbow Kingdom surpassed one billion views and more than one million subscribers on YouTube. (Visit the official channel here.)
In addition to the success of the English-language channel, to support the growth of True internationally, the company recently launched more than 15 multilingual channels, including: Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish and Turkish. In the first six months, the Portuguese and Spanish channels exceeded nearly 300,000 subscribers.
True surpassed the billion-view milestone by providing regular content updates every week, posting unique clips, songs, activities and multilingual content for the show’s growing global audience. The series True and the Rainbow Kingdom is currently streaming on Netflix worldwide and is one of the top performers on major linear networks around the world, including CBC Kids (Canada), Tiny Pop (UK), Gloob (Brazil) and Clan TV (Spain) .
A full line of toys has recently been launched in the United States, Canada and select international markets such as Israel, the Philippines and Australia. Other territories, including the UK, are expected to launch later this year. Fans of the massively popular show can visit the brand’s dedicated Amazon Brand Store for the growing list of officially licensed merchandise, including toys (United Smile), books (Chouette Publishing), activity books ( Bendon), costumes (Spirit Halloween, Fun.com, Studio Halloween), housewares (Jay Franco), music (Warner Music Group), clothing, and more.
In the UK, licensing agency bRAND-WARD handled licensing and merchandising, attracting an impressive number of high profile licensees including Fashion UK, Aykroyds, Roy Lowe, Imagine8 and Smiffys.
True and the Rainbow Kingdom is produced by Guru Studio (PAW Patrol, Pikwik Pack, Big Blue, Justin Time; more recently Sesame Street Mecha Builders, now streaming on HBO Max) based on artwork by FriendsWithYou, and is produced by world-renowned artist Pharrell Williams.
In addition to its explosive growth on YouTube, TrueThe GIPHY page now has over 4 billion views. The series was also nominated for a 2020 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Preschool Animated Program.