As Disney gets ready for its own streaming service, Netflix is adding to its latest round of family content, and it just revealed six new animated projects that are in the works. The latest animated additions include two films and four series. Some even have some big names attached.
The new films include My Father’s Dragon, the story of a young runaway who goes off in search of a captive dragon, and The Willoughbys, an adaptation of a Lois Lowry novel about four children abandoned by their parents. My Father’s Dragon comes from Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells, The Breadwinner) and is written by Oscar-nominated Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve. The Willoughbys, already in production, stars Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara and Jane Krakowski.
The streaming giant 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. He says that he wants the show to be like a “Mexican Lord of the Rings, but hilarious.” The series has a female hero, half human and half divine, and will be set in a mythical Mesoamerican-inspired world. Netflix has also backed Kid Cosmic, a series from Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken. That one is about a boy who dreams of becoming a hero but struggles with his powers once he’s actually transformed into a hero.
The two other series, Trash Truck and Go! Go! Cory Carson, are for preschool-aged kids. These all have release dates between 2019 and 2021. Awesome.