Netflix continues to gather as much content as possible in every medium. The streaming service has expanded beyond simply creating original live-action programming, making a big splash in the world of animation in recent months. The Guillermo del Toro directed “Pinocchio” stop-motion feature will be chief among those acquisitions. However, they will also debut “Watership Down” as an event series in America. That does not even factor in their growing library of exclusive anime titles from East Asia. Now, Netflix has partnered with The Roald Dahl Story Company to bring to life the works of the acclaimed children’s author.
According to the press release from Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company, many of Dahl’s stories will be adapted for animation. This includes works that have already been brought to the big screen. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “The BFG,” and “Matilda” are just a few of the stories specifically cited in the release. The mini-trailer for the new partnership brilliantly gives the audience a tease of the upcoming work.
Roald Dahl stories remain some of the iconic stories for children’s literature. “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” from 1971 remains an iconic work. Even the 2009 “Fantastic Mr. Fox” has received rave reviews, especially for director Wes Anderson. Right now, “Matilda: The Musical” draws huge crowds around the world. Dahl remains a relevant storyteller decades after his passing, drawing rave reviews the world over. A partnership with Netflix seeks to extend that connection by making his work even more accessible. With Dahl’s work heading to Netflix, there is no telling what amazing stories and animation we could see on the small screen, but it will be weird, exciting, and the right kind of strange.
The full list of Dahl stories to be adapted:
“Billy and the Minpins”
“Boy – Tales of Childhood”
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
“Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”
“The Enormous Crocodile”
“George’s Marvellous Medicine”
“The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me”
“The Magic Finger”