The magical world of Roald Dahl continues to live on in films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and The Witches. But the children’s author is also known for other works like The Enormous Crocodile, The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Going Solo, and so much more.
Now all of those wonderful works will be presented to everyone in a series of animated features. You just have to have a Netflix account. Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company made the joint announcement earlier today, and released a teaser video to commemorate the occasion. More on the announcement and the video below.
The press release says a Roald Dahl universe of stories for global family audiences is coming to the streaming service, with an exclusive new slate of original animated event series based on books from the acclaimed and award-winning author’s best-selling library. This includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, and many other beloved titles.
Of the announcement Felicity Dahl, Roald’s widow, said:
“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 Vice President of Kids & Family Content Melissa Cobb added:
“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.”
Other titles include Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy – Tales of Childhood, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew. That’s a huge undertaking. Especially for a service like Netflix. But, Netflix has been behind some of the best recent films and TV series, and are no stranger to some quality animated titles.
Now it will be interesting to see how these titles will compare to their live-action counterparts. Especially since there are a couple of live-action tellings already in the works. There’s the new Willy Wonka prequel from Paddington director Paul King. Robert Zemeckis is working on a new adaptation of The Witches, with Guillermo del Toro acting as producer.
Production isn’t set to begin on the first feature until 2019. So we don’t even know which title will be released first.