DreamWorks and Netflix Expand Their Animation with Six New Series

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Film success seems to be the contributing factor for some of these series as they are continuations from those films. But some of these are just great series and continuing them is kind of a no brainer.

DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! 

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A 344-million-dollar profit at the box office will see Trolls continuing with a new series. With that if you’re expecting Justin Timberlake, Ana Kendrick, or anyone else returning from the movie think again. Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect 1 and 2) and Amanda Leighton (This Is Us, The Fosters) will be filling the roles of Branch and Poppy with original songs written by Alana Da Fonseca (Pitch Perfect 3). Although I’m betting they can get Earth, Wind, and Fire for a good price. Look for this one January 19th, 2018.

The Boss Baby: Back in Business

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Here we go again. 498 Million dollars with a sequel planned for 2021 Baby Corp may be something needed to fill the gap between the two films. Produced by Brandon Sawyer (Penguins of Madagascar) the series with debut in 2018.

Harvey Street Kids

I can’t find much on this series so I will default to the synopsis for it. My hopes of a Harvey Comics themed show seem dashed though.

“From its never-ending games of kickball to the infinite flavors of its ice cream truck to the greatest climbing tree in the universe, every day on Harvey Street feels like a Saturday. And that’s largely thanks to the Harvey Girls – Audrey, Lotta, and Dot – the block’s self-appointed guardians and the world’s bestest BFFs. They will do whatever it takes to keep Harvey Street the best block to never grow up on and transform every afternoon into a wild adventure. From Emmy-nominated executive producer Brendan Hay (Dawn of the Croods, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Emmy-nominated supervising producer Aliki Theofilopoulos (Phineas & Ferb, Descendants: Wicked World), the series will be available to Netflix members worldwide in 2018. Visit netflix.com/harveystreetkids for more information.”

The Epic Tale of Captain Underpants

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While this one didn’t make as much at the box office the book series is extremely popular so I can see this one doing better on the small screen. The series will have George and Harold return and continue their epic pranks and adventures while torturing their principal Benjamin Krupp. Oh, and they turn him into a superhero of their own making known as Captain Underpants. Coming in 2018 I personally am hoping Weird Al provides the theme song.

DreamWorks: Trollhunters Parts 2 and 3

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Guillermo Del Toro’s series is a great series receiving several awards for its work. It’s a bit bitter sweet as the voice of the lead character Jim Lake was the late Anton Yelchin who’s death was far too soon for such a talented person. He did record enough dialogue so the second season will have him voicing Jim. The second season will be debuting Dec 15th with a third and final season planned for 2019. Also, the second trilogy of the Tales of Arcadia Trilogy titled 3 Below will be available in late 2018. The series will center around two siblings of royal birth and their bodyguard crash land on Arcadia after their home planet is taken over by an evil dictator. The third installment will debut in 2019 and is titled Wizards.

She-Ra

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And here’s where nostalgia gets my attention. Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona), an author you should read trust me, is going to develop a modern take on the Princess of Power She-Ra. Originally developed to be the sister of He-Man the character was rumored to debut in the third season of the 2000 He-Man series but the show was not renewed. She-Ra was girl power before the Spice Girls got famous for it. The 80’s show was actually very good but then again I haven’t seen them in quite some time and not sure how it stands up. They are on Netflix so this may be a good time to catch up. She-Ra Will return in 2018.

 

Netflix is developing a lot of series here that could be real hits. I do love my animated shows and DreamWorks has a good track record on this platform. 

-Jason The X