There are stories that never go out of style and have the magic of blowing up the imagination of kids and adults. Such is the case of the stories of the English writer Roald Dahl. Although his name may not be familiar, you have probably heard about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), James and the giant peach (James and the Giant Peach), Y Matilda, among many others. That's why Netflix create a series of animated productions based on the books of this popular author.
Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company announced that the streaming platform will expand the universe of Dahl stories for viewers around the world, with the production of exclusive programming of original animated series, based on the award-winning author's books.
Dahl's stories are irnically fun and fantastic and have transcended borders and languages, becoming for decades in the basis of a series of productions, from Broadway shows to blockbuster movies. Now, this new agreement seems to imply that books for children have enough weight and imagination to inspire an extensive set of programming.
The new Netflix programs come with the support of the author's family. Our mission, deliberately ambitious, is that all the children of the world have the opportunity to know the magic and the positive message of the stories of Roald Dahl, expresses his widow, Felicity Dahl. This partnership with Netflix marks a significant step towards achieving it, and is an incredible chapter in the history of The Roald Dahl Story Company. I know Roald will be delighted.
For its part, in a press release announcing the association, Netflix said it intends to remain true to Dahl's spirit and tone par excellence, while building an imaginative universe of stories that goes far beyond the pages of the books.
The partnership occurs when Netflix is working hard to increase its list of family entertainment productions. As we have previously reported, the company has already announced several animated films and series, including an adaptation of the classic history of Pinocchio, which come from the hand of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.
The titles that are part of the agreement between Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Great Giant Bonachn, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The Huge Crocodile, Jorge's Wonderful Medicine, The Giraffe, the Pelcano and the Monkey, The Magic Finger, and Puchero de Rimas, among others.
The production of Dahl's first animated series for Netflix will be released in 2019.