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New Year's Eve: Netflix offers to help parents trick kids into going to bed early



King Julien in
King Julien in "King Julien New Year's Eve Countdown."
Netflix/DreamWorks

Netflix announced a New Year's Eve special for kids, designed to let parents give their kids an early, family-friendly countdown — while also promoting their new DreamWorks series, "All Hail King Julien."

In a press release, Netflix offers a message to parents: "We won't tell your little party people it's not midnight if you don't." Netflix cites a survey they had conducted by Wakefield Research saying that 34 percent of parents either have or are planning to trick their kids into thinking it's midnight early so they can put them to bed earlier, while catching some extra sleep themselves.

The Netflix special is a fast one — at just three minutes, it consists of a dance song about the titular DreamWorks character, King Julien of the "Madagascar" franchise, ending with a 2015 10-second countdown. Still, for parents looking for a fun way to get New Year's out of their kids' system, it could be a helpful go to for parents.

You can find the "Madagascar" prequel series at Netflix.com/KingJulien, and here is the direct link to King Julien's countdown (also at the previous link under "Trailers and More").

It's a little easier on West Coast parents, who can usually put on some form of an East Coast countdown, but if 9 p.m. is still a little late and they want to make sure it's going to be family-friendly as opposed to the dangers of live television, King Julien is an attractive option. He'll help the 36 percent of parents (according to Netflix) who had said they would look for a countdown in a different time zone and the 22 percent who said they would stage their own.

"“I was totally bummed when I heard that some of my favorite little party people aren’'t allowed to stay up until midnight for the biggest party of the year,”" Netflix — er, "King Julien" — said in the press release, also urging "move over, Ryan Seacrest."

King Julien apparently doesn't care for Anderson Cooper or Carson Daly.

But hey, if the tykes are staying up late, you can watch a live stream of the festivities right here: