Licensing deal with kids audio streaming platform Pinna inspires magical additions and a digital remaster of the hit fantasy franchise
After a wildly successful October run of Stewart St John’s original podcast series Spooky Troop: The Last Halloween, Wonkybot Studios was approached by Pinna, the premiere audio streaming service for kids, to license Spooky Troop: A Very Scary Christmas, the second chapter of its fantasy-musical hybrid series revolving around seven supernatural friends born to do good in their wicked world. The result? More magic!
Available to listen today on Wonkbot.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and beginning December 1st on Pinna, Spooky Troop: A Very Scary Christmas boasts new scenes, new characters and even a new song from series creator Stewart St John and musical partner Michael Plahuta.
“When Pinna approached us about adding the series to their stellar line-up of kids audio content we thought it was the perfect time to add some new elements to the series,” said St John, creator of the Spooky Troop franchise and CEO of Wonkybot Studios. “The extra material includes brand new scenes, new characters and a new song. We’ve expanded from four episodes to seven!”
So, what exactly will audiences find when they listen to the series now? Here’s everything you need to know about the extras from the Spooky Troop: A Very Scary Christmas re-release.
• We get an expanded storyline involving the Demon King and his quest to stop the Spooky Troop from interrupting his plan to steal the power of the Christmas Spirit.
• We meet the Demon King’s personal advisor Lord Sillium and his deadly raven Gorga.
• We’re also introduced to a princess fairy named Fabianna “FiFi” L’Heureux who is being held hostage by the Demon King!
• And there’s a new song called “Nevermore (The Song of the Ice Fairy)” that impacts the story and actually terrifies the Demon King!
Actress/singer Anna Bella Foster, who played Fabianna in the stage version of the Spooky Troop musical that was recently workshopped, returns to sing the haunting song for the podcast series.
“We’re thrilled to be re-releasing this holiday story with brand new material,” said Wonkybot co-founder Todd Fisher. “The magical tale about how the Spooky Troop discover the true meaning of Christmas and want to bring its message of joy and giving to their friends and family back in the netherworld resonates with what the holiday is all about!”