Netflix is about to get a lot more animated, the company announced six all-new animation projects ranging from CG to 2D and even stop-motion.
“We know that there is no one type of family. We embrace all kinds of creators so we can tell unique and diverse stories that resonate with each and every Netflix family,” said Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix. “With our slate of global original animated feature films and series, we want to give families more moments to share the laughter, wonder and connection that comes from being immersed in a great story.”
The first is Maya And The Three, which is an animated limited series created, written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life, El Tigre). The show is “set in a mythical Mesoamerican inspired world, a warrior princess embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to help save the world of men and gods.” Silvia Olivas (Elena of Avalor) is co-writer and co-executive producer, and Jeff Ranjo (Moana) is head of story. The series is set to premiere in 2021.
My Father’s Dragon is a 2D animated family feature film by director Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells, The Breadwinner) and written by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur), with story by Meg LeFauve and John Morgan, who are also executive producers. The film will also be produced by Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures, Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon, Tomm Moore and Alan Moloney, Ruth Coady of Parallel Film serving as executive producers alongside Gerry Shirren. Based on the children novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett, My Father’s Dragon tells the story of young run-away Elmer Elevator, who searches for a captive Dragon on Wild Island and finds much more than he could ever have anticipated, it’s set to arrive in 2021.
Go! Go! Cory Carson is an animated series aimed at the pre-school crowd. The show will be based on the hit toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels from VTech Electronics, Go! Go! Cory Carson follows the adventures of kid car Cory Carson as he navigates the winding roads of childhood in Bumperton Hills. The series is Alex Woo (Wall•e, Ratatouille), Stanley Moore (Finding Dory, Monster’s University), Tone Thyne (Wonder Pets!, The Adventures of Napkin Man!) and will premiere in 2019.
Kid Cosmic is an animated series coming in 2020 by Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Wander Over Yonder). Netflix says “this is a show about a young boy who dreams of becoming a hero, and when he stumbles across some cosmic stones of power his dreams appear to have come true! Unfortunately, the reality of being a hero vs. the fantasy of being a hero are completely different and this challenge becomes the biggest battle he has to face. The Kid may be the good guy, but he’s really bad at it!”
Trash Truck is an animated series coming in 2020 by Max Keane (whose father is famed animator, Glen Keane) which is about ” Hank is a free-range, dirt-covered 6-year-old boy with a big imagination and an even bigger best pal… a giant honking, snorting trash truck. From learning to fly to going to the dentist, there is no adventure too big or too small for these two best friends.” Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball) will be executive producers on the show alongside Max Keane.
The Willoughbys is a highly stylized CG animated feature film currently in production at BRON Animation in Vancouver, based on the book by Lois Lowry. It’s set to arrive in 2020 and is by writer/director Kris Pearn (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2). It’s about “when the four Willoughby children are abandoned by their selfish parents, they must learn how to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world in order to create a new and modern family.” The film will star Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara and Jane Krakowski.
Netflix had previously announced a few other animated projects and made multi-year deals with creators such as Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls).
Jacob And The Sea Beast which is a CG-animated feature film written and directed by Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero 6, Bolt). The film is set to premiere in 2022 and “tells the epic story of a charming seafarer who sails into uncharted waters and discovers an unlikely ally in a sea monster.”
Klaus is a 2D animated family feature film, coming in Holiday 2019 from writer/director Sergio Pablos, co-creators of Despicable Me. The film is about “When a selfish young postman is assigned to a remote Scandinavian town, his unlikely friendship with a reclusive toymaker leads to the origin story of Santa Claus.” Netflix says “this timeless story is visualized through a unique combination of classical hand-drawn animation and cutting-edge digital technology. The world features volumetric lighting and texturing typically seen in CG animated films.” Klaus will feature the voice talents of Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, JK Simmons and Joan Cusack. The film is written by Pablos, Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney, with the screenplay based on an original story by Pablos. Matthew Teevan, Gustavo Ferrada and Marisa Roman are producers, and Jinko Gotoh (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, The Little Prince) is executive producer.
Over The Moon is a CG musical animated adventure directed by Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) that’s coming in 2020. and a co-production with Pearl Studio. The film is about “a girl who builds a rocket ship to travel to the moon in order to prove to her father that a legendary Moon Goddess really exists. When she gets to the “other side” she unexpectedly discovers a whimsical world filled with fantastical creatures – some of whom threaten her and others who ultimately help her find her way home.” It’s written by Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun, George of the Jungle), produced by Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball), and executive produced by Janet Yang (Joy Luck Club). Songs will be written by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park.
Pinocchio is the first animated feature film directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), coming in 2021. The film has been a lifelong passion project for del Toro and he’ll write and produce the stop-motion musical. It’ll be a retelling of the classic tale with it being set in 1930s Italy. Pinocchio is a production of Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), and ShadowMachine (Bojack Horseman), which will house the stop-motion animation production. Alongside del Toro, Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment will produce. Blanca Lista will co-produce. Also alongside del Toro, Patrick McHale (Over The Garden Wall) will co-write the script, Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) will co-direct, and Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer, taking inspiration from Gris Grimly’s original design for the Pinocchio character. The film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride).
Wendell & Wild is an animated feature film by writer/director Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) and writer Jordan Peele (Key & Peele, Get Out) with Monkeypaw Productions. It’s about “two demon brothers (voiced by Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele) escape the Underworld and find themselves in a town where they must evade a demon-duster teenager, Kat, who is trying to destroy them.” Peele is a producer on the film alongside, Selick and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for Gotham Group. Executive producers include Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw, Peter Principato and Joel Zadak for Principato-Young, Lindsay Williams and Eddie Gamarra for The Gotham Group. Argentinian artist Pablo Lobato will design the characters. Wendell & Wild is set to arrive in 2021.