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In an age when kids as young as three know how to work Netflix on their televisions, it’s a fair assumption that parents would appreciate the amount of kid-friendly content available on their Netflix Instant Queue. Come February, due to the end of their deal with Starz, Netflix will no longer have the right to stream Walt Disney Studios films, but the subscription service has secured a deal that will ensure some great animated movies will eventually be available to their subscribers. ?

As posted by the New York Times, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix have struck a deal to stream the company’s animated films as part of Netflix’s streaming service. As DreamWorks is the studio behind such films as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How To Train Your Dragon, this should add a fair amount of worth-watching content to Netflix’s library. Of course, the deal is only just set in place and the films will not begin streaming on Netflix until 2013.

Between losing the Starz deal and the flak Netflix has been getting over their price-hikes and the recent announcement that the company is splitting up into two separate services, news that Netflix is actually acquiring a sizable amount of films worth watching really couldn’t have come at a better time. As for HBO, while the pay-cable channel will surely get by without Dreamworks’ animated classics to air, as the Times notes, this is the first a major supplier like Dreamworks has chosen a web streaming service over pay television.