Just ahead of the highly anticipated season two debut of Netflix’s Skylander Academy, fans got some good news – a third season is on the way. Production will begin in February of 2017 for a 2018 launch.
The second season of the show is set to debut later this year with many of the same voices from the first season, plus one big addition. Justin Long will be back as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks returns as the voice of Eruptor and Norm Macdonald is coming back to voice Glumshanks. But there’s an exciting new addition in Felicia Day (you know her from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural), who will join the cast as Cynder, a new Academy cadet with a mysterious past.
James Hetfield from Metallica and Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon will also be voicing new characters this upcoming season, but it hasn’t been revealed yet what their characters’ names or stories will be.
The show is based on the immensely popular Skylanders video game game franchise, and is designed to “introduce new people to the franchise,” according to Activision Blizzard co-president Nick van Dyk. The game franchise actually introduces a new game each year, so there should be plenty of characters for this TV show to work with.
The Activision Blizzard Studios branch rolled out just last year, and focuses solely on creating original content based on the company’s already existing characters. Skylanders Academy is the first original production to come out of the studio. A number of other TV shows, both animated and live action, are on the way, and studio execs promise they’ll be just as well produced as this one.
A “consumer products” division of the company was just announced as well, so fans can expect to see merchandise start hitting stores sometime soon.