Netflix is getting us excited once again and bringing childhood to the small screen by producing an assortment of shows based off of Roald Dahl's classic children's books. Get excited because they're calling this an animated event series which sound very intense and very cool.
As children's authors go, Roald Dahl is a much-beloved treasure having written literary classics like The BFG, Matilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and so many more. The British writer's estate is fully supportive of this Netflix venture and the shows will be produced along with the Roald Dahl Story Company. Netflix intends to stay true to the original magic of the stories and wants to create a whole story universe. They didn't release many details and the whole announcement was quite vague. They did say that production would begin in 2019.
Roald Dahl's widow, Felicity Dahl, released a statement showing her support. Part of it read, "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." She continued on and referenced her late husband saying, "Roald would, I know, be thrilled."
Mashable shared this fun news. Netflix has acquired to the following titles: The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Boys-Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, The Twits, Dirty Beasts, Rhyme Stew, Esio Trot and The Enormous Crocodile. And apparently more according to sources.
The streaming service has proven itself time and again that they're capable of making great television. Their original shows are consistently smartly written and well executed. Netflix has previously reimagined books as shows Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Magic School Bus. Those two shows vary greatly in style, and we just know that this Roald Dahl animated universe will be nothing short of great. It'll be exciting to see favorite characters like Willy Wonka and Matilda play out again in a new way.
What do you think of these new shows? Were you a huge Roald Dahl fan as a kid? Do you think Netflix can do this all justice?
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