Netflix Nov. 6 announced a slate of animated movies and TV series targeting children and families streaming over the next three years.
The six projects, together with Netflix’s previously announced titles, comprise a line-up that features a variety of animation styles – including CG (Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys), 2D (Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon), and stop-motion (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio).
The programming is designed to meet tastes of every family member – from preschoolers (Rajiv Chilaka’s “Mighty Little Bheem”) to kids (Craig McCracken’s “Kid Cosmic”) to parents and their children together (Jorge Gutierrez’ “Maya and the Three”).
“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,” Melissa Cobb, VP of kids and family at Netflix, said in a statement. “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.”
“Maya and the Three” (2021) 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.
My Father’s Dragon (2021) is based on the Newbery Honored children’s novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett. It 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. Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films will also serve as executive producers alongside Gerry Shirren.
“Go! Go! Cory Carson” is an animated preschool series based on the 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.
“Kid Cosmic” 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 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.
The Willoughbys is a highly stylized CG animated feature film about four Willoughby children 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. Based on the book by Newbery Award-winning author, Lois Lowry. Starring Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara and Jane Krakowski.
Other Netflix family animated titles that have been previously announced include the following.
Jacob and the Sea Beast (2022) tells the epic story of a charming seafarer who sails into uncharted waters and discovers an unlikely ally in a sea monster.
When a selfish young postman is assigned to a remote Scandinavian town, his unlikely friendship with a reclusive toymaker leads to the original story of Santa Claus. Klaus (Holiday 2019) is visualized through a unique combination of classical hand drawn animation and cutting edge digital technology. Voice actors include Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, JK Simmons and Joan Cusack. Written by Pablos, Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney, the screenplay is based on an original story by Pablos.
“Mighty Little Bheem” (2019) will be the first preschool series of the popular Bheem franchise. It is a non-verbal slapstick adventure comedy in which its ultra strong, brave and intelligent hero, Mighty Little Bheem travels through his hometown on crazy adventures, often in search of ladoos (his favorite treat).
“Motown Magic” (Nov. 20, 2018) brings together 52 newly recorded versions of classic Motown hits from such musicians as The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson, who serves as executive music producer. The series follows Ben, a wide-eyed 8-year-old with a big heart and an amazing imagination, who uses a magic paintbrush to bring the street art in Motown to life.
Over the Moon (2020) is 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.
Pinocchio (2021) is the animated feature film directorial debut of Academy Award winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water). Pinocchio is his lifelong passion project, which he will also write and produce as a stop motion musical. Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s.
Wendell & Wild (2021) is an animated feature film about two demon brothers (voiced by Keegan Michael Key and Oscar-nominated director Jordan Peele “Get Out”) who escape the Underworld and find themselves in a town where they must evade a demon-duster teenager, Kat, who is trying to destroy them.