Written by celebrated American children’s books writer Doreen Cronin, and illustrated by the equally well known Harry Bliss, the three bestselling books, ‘Diary of a Worm (2003)’, ‘Diary of a Spider (2005)’, and ‘Diary of a Fly (2007), together form the plot of the children’s TV show ‘The Bug Diaries’, set to stream on Amazon Prime Video. This witty show for preschoolers follows the adventures of the unlikely bug trio of Fly, Spider and Worm as they fly, spin and wriggle in and out of adventures in the adverse, much larger world that surrounds them, creating in the process fascinating entries for their bug diaries.
Amazon was in the process of the series’ production for a few years now, with them initially announcing plans for its production, along with the live action ‘Sid & Marty Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters’ back in 2016. While speaking about ‘The Bug Diaries’ during Amazon’s initial announcement in ’16, Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios said, “We are so excited to bring this beloved series, Bug Diaries, to our customers that highlights important life lessons for our young viewers”.
The show has had one successful season so far. Here’s everything we know about its next season.
The Bug Diaries Cast: Who is in it?
Created by American animator Gilly Fogg, ‘The Bug Diaries’ includes a host of voice actors with the major characters of Worm, Spider and Fly being voiced by Nilah Rivera, Logan Smith and Abigail Dylan Harrison, respectively. Other voice actors of the series include for Garry Littman (voicing Dusty/Mookies), Jaden Michael (voicing Lucas), Hudson Loverro (voicing Cody) , Barabara Rosenblat ( voicing Spider Mom), Tanesha Mary Gray (voicing Mom Worm/ Lucas’ Mom), among others. The number of episodes in which the aforementioned cast feature is different for each voice actor, with the exceptions of the primary cast members- Harrsion, Rivera and Smith.
The Bug Diaries Plot: What is it about?
With the acclaimed writer-illustrator duo of Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss at its helm, Amazon Prime Video’s new children’s series ‘The Bug Diaries’ is an amalgamation of the plots of three of their books. The first book in the series namely ‘Diary of a Worm’ hilariously follows the adventures of a school going worm as he understands both the goodness and the adversities surrounding him, through his daily diary entries.
‘Diary of a Spider’ the second book is written as the titular Spider’s diary, including illustrations showing the Spider’s family, a picture of his favourite book, a discovery of a sculpture and a playbill from the school’s production of ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’. Parallel plot lines of the Spider’s friendship with Fly (titular character of the final book of the series), and his encounters with the bug hating Grampa, are also included in the book. Worm from the first book of the series is seen making occasional appearances. ‘Publishers Weekly’ reviews the book by writing “This endearing book delivers a gentle message that comes through when Spider muses, ‘I wish that people wouldn’t judge all spiders based on the few spiders that bite. I know if we took the time to get to know each other, we would get along just fine. Just like me and Fly’.”
The third and final book of the series, ‘Diary of a Worm’ takes the readers into the world of an adventurous Worm, as seen through his daily diary entries. Worm learns a new fact of life everyday; in the process understanding the yin and yang of his bug-like existence. Events recorded in Worm’s diary include attending school, his playtime and playmates, and his family-time— identifiable topics for the book’s children readers. ‘
The Bug Diaries’ is structured as a combination of the plot points of the aforementioned books, thus, in all probability, has no major difficulty in capturing the imagination of its children audiences, due to its relatable content. Also the fact that the books already enjoy a solid children fan base in America, might prove to be instrumental in helping the show gain initial popularity.
The Bug Diaries Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
The season 1 of ‘The Bug Diaries’ premiered on ‘Prime Video’ on April 12, 2019. The first season has a total of six episodes, dealing with the adventures of the comedic trio comprising of the buzzy, wriggly friends- Fly, Worm and Spider. Having undergone a prolonged period of production followed by an equally elongated post-production process, since Amazon’s initial announcement in mid 2016, it will be interesting to if Amazon decides to continue the show for another season.
Till now there hasn’t been an official announcement yet. Our best guess is that if the show does get renewed, Season 2 of ‘The Bug Diaries’ might come out in six months, with an October 2019 release date. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
It’s imperative to notice here that due to streaming giants such as ‘Amazon’ and ‘Hulu‘ delving into the world of exclusive children television, the dynamics of the industry is seeing a paradigm shift, leading to a large inflation of content and a major diversification of kids’ animation in the process.
The Bug Diaries Trailer:
Season 1’s trailer looks lively and a fascinating re-creation of the mood portrayed in the original children’s book trilogy by the celebrated author-illustrator duo of Dorine Cronin and Harry Bliss, making the show a must-watch for fans of the original trilogy. If you haven’t watched the show yet, the trailer gives you a better, more precise idea of what to expect. Stay tuned to us, here at Cinemaholic, for further news regarding the upcoming season.
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