Netflix has announced a massive slate of animated event programming, including feature films and original series, which are currently in the works for the streaming service over the next four years.
Six all-new animated projects have been revealed, along with more details on seven more already announced, with all spanning the gamut from hand-drawn to CG to stop-motion, with the aim to appeal to every member of the family and for them to watch together. The new programming includes:
Maya and the Three (2021)
Created, penned and directed by Jorge Gutierrez (“The Book of Life”), the story is set in a mythical Mesoamerican inspired world where 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.
My Father’s Dragon (2021)
A 2D animated family feature film from director Nora Twomey (“The Secret of Kells,” “The Breadwinner”) and written by Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”). Based on the Newbery Honored children’’ novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett, the story follows young run-away Elmer Elevator who searches for a captive Dragon on Wild Island and finds much more than he could ever have anticipated.
Go! Go! Cory Carson (2019)
An animated preschool series based on the hit toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels and hailing from Kuku Studios where it is executive produced by Alex Woo (“WALL-E,” “Ratatouille”), Stanley Moore (“Finding Dory”) and Tone Thyne (“Wonder Pets”). The atory follows the adventures of kid car Cory Carson as he navigates the winding roads of childhood in Bumperton Hills.
Kid Cosmic (2020)
A new animated series in production from Craig McCracken (“The Powerpuff Girls”). The show follows 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.
Trash Truck (2020)
An animated series in production from Max Keane (“Dear Basketball”). 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”) and Gennie Rim (“Dear Basketball”) serve as executive producers.
The Willoughbys (2020)
A highly stylized CG animated feature film from Kris Pearn (“Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2”) and based on the book by Lois Lowry. 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. Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara, and Jane Krakowski lend their voices.
The six newly announced projects join the seven previously announced ones which are:
Motown Magic (November 20th 2018)
A family-friendly animated series from Josh Wakely (“Beat Bugs”) that brings together 52 newly recorded versions of classic Motown hits. The series follows Ben, a wide-eyed eight-year-old with a big heart and an amazing imagination, who uses a magic paintbrush to bring the street art in Motown to life.
Mighty Little Bheem (2019)
An animated preschool series, based on the popular Bheem franchise, in production in India from Director Rajiv Chilaka (“Chhota Bheem”). The non-verbal slapstick adventure comedy boasts an ultra strong, brave and intelligent hero, Mighty Little Bheem, who travels through his hometown on crazy adventures, often in search of ladoos (his favorite treat).
Klaus (Holiday 2019)
A 2D animated family feature film from writer/director Sergio Pablos (“Despicable Me”). 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. This timeless story is visualized through a unique combination of classical hand-drawn animation and cutting-edge digital technology. Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, JK Simmons, and Joan Cusack lend their voices to the project.
Over the Moon (2020)
A CG musical adventure 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. Glen Keane (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) helms the film written by Audrey Wells (“Under the Tuscan Sun”).
The animated feature film directorial debut of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (‘T’he Shape of Water”) who will also write and produce this lifelong passion project of his. The stop-motion musical re-tells the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s. The Jim Henson Company and “Bojack Horseman” producers ShadowMachine will all produce. The film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders (“Corpse Bride”).
Wendell & Wild (2021)
An animated feature film from writer/director Henry Selick (“Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Coraline”) and writer Jordan Peele (“Get Out”). 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. Argentinian artist Pablo Lobato will design the characters.
Jacob and the Sea Beast (2022)
A CG animated feature film written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chris Williams (“Moana,” “Big Hero 6”). The epic story follows a charming seafarer who sails into uncharted waters and discovers an unlikely ally in a sea monster.
Check out a promo reel for the new slate below: