Skip to main content

Netflix's Beat Bugs is a kids' show built around the music of The Beatles

Netflix's Beat Bugs is a kids' show built around the music of The Beatles

/

It'll feature covers by Eddie Vedder, Sia, P!nk, James Corden, and more

Share this story

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

A diverse collection of popular musicians have come together to record a compilation of Beatles covers, and you'll have to watch a children's show about walking, talking bugs if you want to hear it. Netflix's Beat Bugs is the newest addition to the streaming service's growing library of kid-friendly content, and it revolves around the music of The Beatles. The brainchild of Australian filmmaker Josh Wakely, the show will follow the adventures of "charming, funny, [and] adventurous" insects who explore a suburban backyard. Each 11-minute episode incorporates one of The Beatles' songs in some way, and the show will feature covers by Eddie Vedder ("Magical Mystery Tour"), Sia ("Blackbird"), P!nk ("Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), and others.

To hear Wakely tell it, he had no idea how difficult it would be to acquire the rights to The Beatles' music for use within the show. "I would say, 'I've got this amazing idea for a kids' show, and all I have to do is get The Beatles' rights.' People would roll their eyes," said Wakely in an interview with USA Today. "I thought it would take four months. It took three years." (The Fab Four are notoriously stingy when it comes to licensing their music, which is why the bulk of the discography didn't hit streaming services until the end of 2015.) Wakely has the rights to use over 300 songs, 50 of which will be used over the course of Beat Bugs' first two seasons. If the show is successful, Wakely's beetles could be wiggling to The Beatles for the next half-decade. Beat Bugs' first batch of episodes will premiere sometime in August.

Today’s Storystream

Feed refreshed An hour ago Not just you

E
External Link
Emma RothAn hour ago
We might not get another Apple event this year.

While Apple was initially expected to hold an event to launch its rumored M2-equipped Macs and iPads in October, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicts Apple will announce its new devices in a series of press releases, website updates, and media briefings instead.

I know that it probably takes a lot of work to put these polished events together, but if Apple does pass on it this year, I will kind of miss vibing to the livestream’s music and seeing all the new products get presented.


E
External Link
Emma RothSep 24
California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


A
The Verge
Andrew WebsterSep 24
Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


J
Twitter
Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.


T
Twitter
Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


A
External Link
If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


A
External Link
Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.