Netflix has entered into a multiyear overall deal with Kuku Studios, under which its key members — Alex Woo, Stanley Moore, Tim Hahn and Erik Benson — will exclusively produce animated films and series for the SVOD pioneer worldwide.
KuKu Studios’ credits include Disney’s Ratatouille, WALL-E, Toy Story 3, Monsters University and Finding Dory, among others.
Kuku Studios’ first project for Netflix is the upcoming “Go! Go! Cory Carson,” a preschool series based on the toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels from VTech Electronics, which launches on Netflix early in 2020.
Their first (yet untitled) animated feature film with Netflix, which explores the power and magic of dreams, has been greenlit and will be produced out of Kuku’s Berkeley, Calif.-based studio.
“With Go! Go! Cory Carson, the creative team at Kuku proved that they can bring their vast cinematic experience into the preschool realm,” Melissa Cobb, VP of original animation at Netflix, said in a statement. “A lot of what’s in our creative DNA at Netflix is shared with Kuku, and Alex, Stanley, and Tim have for years honed their ability to tell timeless stories about beloved characters in visually innovative ways. We can’t wait to see what they do next!”