This week at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Netflix Animation showcased a variety of upcoming projects. “Pinocchio” by Guillermo del Toro; world premiere of Chris Williams’ Oscar-winning original sea animal, which will premiere on July 8 on the streaming service; and new footage from stop-motion animation by Henry Selick and Jordan Peele. Wendell and Wild.
The animation division has been closely watched since April, when during its first-quarter earnings announcement, Netflix said it had lost 200,000 subscribers in the quarter and was expected to lose another 2 million in the second quarter. Since then, his animation business has been affected by layoffs and several canceled projects such as Meghan Markle. Pearl.
At the same time, Netflix Animation is in the process of opening a new facility in Burbank to house its original animation projects.
During Annecy, in addition to del Toro Pinocchio (scheduled for December), Netflix showed a classic stop-motion animation with Oscar-nominated Celica (coraline) and Academy Award winner Peele. Wendell and Wilde which follows the scheming demon brothers Wendell (Kegan-Michael Key) and Wylde (Peel), who enlist the help of tough teen Kat Elliot (Lyric Ross) to summon them to the Land of the Living. In new footage shown at the festival, the brothers wear patches in what appears to be a prison and strive to leave what they consider to be hell. In a recorded message to festival attendees, Selick said, “I believe that animation is not a genre in itself, but a way to tell all stories. For me, time-lapse photography is the most magical way to tell stories.” Wendell and Wild debut is expected in the fall.
Another planned fall release My father’s dragon from Oscar-nominated director Nora Toomey (Breadwinner) and animation studio Cartoon Saloon from Ireland (Volkokhody). Written by Meg Lefov (nominated for an Academy Award for Inside out) and based on the children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett, the story follows Elmer (Jacob Tremblay) as he runs away from his new home in the city in search of a young dragon waiting to be rescued. The clip that Toomey (Cartoon Saloon’s founding partner) presented at Annecy reveals Cartoon Saloon’s distinctive hand-drawn animation style when Elmer encounters a pair of tigers. The voice actors also include Rita Moreno, Alan Cumming, Whoopi Goldberg and Ian McShane.
After 2022, Netflix will have features like Kid Cudi and Kenya Barris. Eintergalactic, which Netflix announced will premiere on September 30, 2023 on the streaming service. Filmed by Fletcher Moles in New York, the story follows a young artist named Jabari (Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi) as he struggles to find a balance between love and success. The discovery of the latter brings Jabari one step closer to the former when moving into his dream apartment introduces him to his new neighbor, it-girl photographer Meadow (Jessica Williams). With the announcement of the date, Netflix has released a new teaser.
Others include Nimona film that began production at Blue Sky Studios before its parent company, Fox, was acquired by Disney, which subsequently closed the animation studio. Nimon moved to Netflix under the direction of Nick Bruno and Troy Quain and follows a knight framed for a crime he didn’t commit and a teenage werewolf named Nimona. DNEG produces animation for Entergalactic as well as Nimon.
Also not yet dated but showcased in Annecy are Netflix features. Elephant Wizard, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo, which marks the directorial debut of Wendy Rogers and follows Peter (voiced by Noah Jupe) who must find a mysterious elephant; as well as ONI: Tale of the Thunder God, Set in the world of Japanese mythology from creator and showrunner Dice Tsutsumi (2014 Oscar nominee for animated short film). Dam Keeper).
Among the series announced in Annecy was a series for preschoolers. Spirit Rangers, created by Chumash tribesman Carissa Valencia and executive produced by Chris Nee; as well as My dad is a bounty hunterCreated by Everett Downing and Patrick Harpin, this action comedy is about the coolest bounty hunter in the galaxy whose family on Earth has no idea what he does for a living.