Netflix have revealed a whole slate of kids and family programming coming to the streaming giant over the next four years, including an Irish production.
The US based company made the announcement at last week’s Web Summit, revealing that nearly 60% of Netflix members globally regularly enjoy family content, particularly animation.
In response to the huge demand, several series and feature films have been commissioned by the company, with the first round due to be debuted in 2019, with releases continuing on a regular basis up to 2022.
One of the feature films, slated for release in 2021, is the Irish made My Father’s Dragon, delivered by renowned animation studio Cartoon Saloon. My Father’s Dragon s a 2D animated family feature film from director Nora Twomey, who also directed The Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner.
It’s written by Meg LeFauve, who has worked on modern Disney classics Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, with story by Meg LeFauve and John Morgan, who are also executive producers.
Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures are producing together with Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon and Tomm Moore.
The movie will be based on the Newbery Honoured children’s novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett, and 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.
Other releases to be expected are Kid Cosmic in 2020, an animated series in production from Craig McCracken of The Powerpuff Girls and Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends fame., about a young boy who dreams of becoming a hero – and his dream comes true.
A host of stars, including Maya Rudolph, Ricky Gervais and Alessia Cara, will all feature in The Willoughbys in 2020, a feature film about the four Willoughby children who 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.
“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,” said Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix.
“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.”