Barack, Michelle Obama Creating Netflix Animated Series to ‘Reframe’ Children’s Understanding of Government

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are creating a new animation series for Netflix designed to “reframe” how children think about government and civic engagement, featuring songs performed by artists including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Andra Day and poet Amanda Gorman, Breitbart reports.

Premiering on the Fourth of July, the 10-episode series, We the People will feature a series of animated music videos that will enlighten “a new generation of young Americans about the power of the people,” the streaming network wrote in a press release.

In the press release, Netflix described the show as “an exuberant call to action for everyone to rethink civics as a living, breathing thing and to reframe their understanding of what government and citizenship mean in a modern world.”

The episodes will cover a range of subjects including citizenship, voting, taxes, and activism.

The trailer features scenes of young people protesting in the streets and concludes with an image of a raised fist, according to a Breitbart report.

Barack Obama promoted the project on Twitter, writing: “Some of our favorite artists got together with amazing animators to remix civics — and the result is a lot better than what we had in school.”


Other pop stars involved in the series include H.E.R., Bebe Rexha, and Oscar nominee Andra Day.

In 2018, the Obama couple signed a deal with Netflix to produce documentaries and features through their company, Higher Ground Productions. “American Factory,” the first documentary they produced about a Chinese billionaire’s takeover of an Ohio factory earned a best documentary nomination at the Academy Awards in 2020. Then later they produced a chronicle of the former first lady on her recent book tour for her memoirs, titled Becoming.

According to Breitbart, they are also producing a scripted comedy series based on Michael Lewis’ anti-Trump book The Fifth Risk.


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Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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