Netflix is working alongside The Roald Dahl Story Company to create a slate of original animated series of Dahl’s work including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, The BFG and more! Whilst Dahl’s work has been adapted multiple times for the big and small screen, this is the first collaboration on an animated series on this scale.
“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,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”
The following titles in agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy – Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.
It’s going to be interesting to see how things pan out. I spent my childhood reading Dahl’s work with certain favourites including The Twits, The BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine. I even have two books of recipes inspired by his work that I’m ashamedly still haven’t tried yet. The idea of his work being adapted into an animated series is really exciting. His work is full of rich, imaginative imagery that I’ve felt live-action work have struggled to fully show. With the right creative team behind the project, this could end up being some of the best book adaptation to a visual medium of any book to be done. On the other hand, there’s definitely a slight irony to adaptations of Dahl’s work. He grew up in a television-free environment and he went on to state in an article for The Sunday Times: “…nowadays the dreaded television box has stolen practically all the reading time of young people.” Whilst his views evolved over time, he still felt that television could be harmful to the minds of youth. Dahl oversaw television and film adaptations of his work before his death in 1990 so perhaps it’s not as big a deal as I may think. Either way I am very excited to see how this series comes about.
Production is set to commence on the first of the Netflix Dahl animated series in 2019 with no set date for release on Netflix.