Welcome my friends, welcome to the chocolate factory…I mean, Netflix! In a huge deal, Netflix has announced via press release that they are teaming up with The Roald Dahl Story Company to bring some of Dahl’s iconic children’s stories to life on the small screen with an “exclusive new slate of original animated event series.”
Some of the titles getting the Netflix treatment include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (oof), George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy — Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts and Rhyme Stew.
When it comes to extending on Dahl’s eccentric and magical worlds, Netflix assured fans that it will do so with reverence and the utmost accuracy. According to the official press release “Netflix intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.”
Felicity Dahl, Roald’s widow, released a statement on behalf of the Dahl family:
“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories. This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”
Netflix also released a statement, declaring that the Dahl family’s trust in them is a complete honor and that they have brought together the highest quality of creative, visual, and writing teams.
[row]“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world. We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values,” said Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix, Melissa Cobb. [/row]
You can watch the short teaser Netflix released below!
Netflix’s first Dahl animated series will begin production in 2019!
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