Michelle Obama is taking over streaming again, this time for a younger audience. The former first lady is teaming up with Netflix for the new, kid-
Michelle Obama is taking over streaming again, this time for a younger audience.
The former first lady is teaming up with Netflix for the new, kid-driven show “Waffles + Mochi,” Obama and the streaming service announced Tuesday. The show is based on the adventures of two puppets who have a dream to learn to cook fresh food with the help of Obama and a magical flying shopping cart.
“I’m excited for families and children everywhere to join us on our adventures as we discover, cook, and eat delicious food from all over the world,” Obama tweeted Tuesday morning to announce the show.
“Waffles + Mochi” is a collaboration with Partnership for a Healthier America to encourage kids and families to get in the kitchen and build healthy eating habits.
“Waffles + Mochi” is set to premiere on the streaming platform on March 16.
In 2019, the Obamas launched Higher Ground Productions in partnership with Netflix, promising a company that would “harness the power of storytelling” and touch on “issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more.”
They have since launched content on the platform including “American Factory,” “Crip Camp” and “Becoming.”
Former President Barack Obama expressed how excited he was when talks of the partnership were first announced in 2018. In a statement, he said “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
Plans for the production company include an on-screen adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom”; an anthology series “Overlooked” about shedding light on unnoticed deaths; and a nonfiction series based on Michael Lewis’ book “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy.”
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