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Thursday, September 14 2017 10:06

Birthdays On-Demand? Netflix introduces "Next-Level" Celebrations...

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Netflix Stream TeamThere's a new Netflix hack that just hit the scene, and it's one that parents and kids alike are gonna dig. Netflix Birthdays presents birthday songs and messages from popular kids characters including those from DreamWorks All Hail King JulienBarbieBeat Bugs, DreamWorks DinotruxLas Leyendas, LEGO FriendsLEGO NinjagoLuna PetuniaMiraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat NoirMy Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicPokemonProject Mc2Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters and Word Party - all available by simply searching "Birthday Songs." Check out a preview below, and keep reading for a look at how we got in on the birthday magic right here at Rock Father HQ!

Want some fun birthday stats? Here's some numbers that reflect how birthdays break down around the globe:

  • C’est La Vie. If only we could be more like French parents: 46% say birthday planning isn’t stressful, while parents in Peru and the Philippines feel most stressed about kids’ birthdays (77%).
  • How many likes did I get? Parents in Turkey (56%) and India (52%) feel the most social media heat around their kids’ birthday parties.
  • Characters rule. Mexican kids are all about character-themed birthdays: 91% of parents in Mexico have hosted a character-themed party for their child.
  • Trying to save a buck. Parents are more interested in saving money than time when it comes to party planning (54% vs. 42%). Italian parents are most interested in birthday money-saving measures (72%).
  • Brazilian big spenders. Brazilian parents go all out for birthdays, racking up an average bill of $620 (vs. a global average of $250).

Now, we knew that Netflix Birthdays were coming (writer for the #StreamTeam and all), and while we won't have a kid's birthday to celebrate again for nearly a year, The Rock Daughters™ joined my wife and I to bake a Netflix-themed birthday cake...

Baking

I have to be honest - I'm not really a "red velvet" guy, but I get it for this. The end result was pretty cool...

netflixcake

Check out Netflix.com/Birthdays to start your own celebration.

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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