Netflix working on six new animated films and series

Lewis Collier
November 9, 2018

The lineup includes both feature films and original series suited for kids and families.

The six all-new projects together with Netflix's previously announced titles now comprise a slate that features a variety of animation styles - including Cork woman Nora Twomey's 'My Father's Dragon'.

Netflix has also greenlit a limited series called Maya and the Three from Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life) who will direct some of the series' nine episodes and co-write the others. The series will feature a female hero, half human and half divine, and will be set in a mythical Mesoamerican-inspired world.

The film is based on the series of children's books by Ruth Gannett Stiles about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby Dragon.

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Joining Guillermo del Toro's stop-motion "Pinocchio" project are "My Father's Dragon", a film from Nora Twomey ("The Secret of Kells", "The Breadwinner"); and a new TV series from "Powerpuff Girls" creator Craig McCracken. Cory Carson (2019) will be based on the popular Go! Go!

Padding out its feature film pipeline, Netflix has partnered with Vancouver's BRON Animation on The Willoughbys, a CGI-animated pic now in production from writer/director Kris Pearn (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2).

One thing's clear from all this: In the wake of Disney pulling its own roster of animated films from Netflix for its own streaming service, Netflix wants to make sure it's got plans of its own to rival the House of Mouse.

"The programming is created to meet the tastes of every member of the family - from preschoolers to kids to parents and their children together so that families everywhere can find something that fits their unique DNA", Netflix's press release said.

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