Netflix Unveils Six Animated Films, Shows


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The offerings span film and television, and spring from the minds of some of the most acclaimed names in media. The movies include “My Father’s Dragon,” a 2D animated family feature film from Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey (“T​he Secret of Kells”), and “The Willoughbys,” an adaptation from the Lois Lowry novel of the same name by writer and director Kris Pearn (​”Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2″)​. “The Willoughbys” is already in production and boasts a voice cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara, and Jane Krakowski. “My Father’s Dragon,” has a script from “Inside Out’s” Meg LeFauve.

On the television front, Netflix has greenlit three shows. The streaming service has enlisted “The Powerpuff Girls” creator Craig McCracken to do a new series about a young boy who is transformed into a super-powered hero after he encounters some cosmic stones. It’s not your typical wish fulfillment story, McCracken told Variety. The show will follow its protagonist as he struggles to harness his newfound abilities.