Cartoon News: Netflix Unveils an Impressive Euro Animation Slate


An animated Christmas Carol, a follow-up to Academy Award-nominee Klaus, an adaptation of Richard Curtis’ That Christmas and an untitled project from Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit’s Steve Box feature on an eight-strong slate of Netflix animated films and TV series.


Deadline reports that the streamer is taking the projects from the UK, Spain, Italy and France to Annecy International Animation Film Festival next week as it doubles down on animated projects.


Leading the slate is Ember from Klaus creator Sergio Pablos and The SPA Studios, an epic adventure tale of humankind’s quest for fire told through the eyes of young Dikika, who embarks on an impossible race to a distant volcano to retrieve the precious spark that will save her tribe.


Next comes the latest Scrooge: A Christmas Carol adaptation, directed by Stephen Donnelly, with the ageless classic reborn as a musical adaptation with songs from double Academy Award-winning composer Leslie Bricusse (Doctor Dolittle, Victor/Victoria).


Marking the feature film directorial debut of renowned character animation and story artist veteran Simon Otto (How to Train Your Dragon trilogy), Curtis’ That Christmas adaptation is based on his successful children’s books about love, loneliness and Santa Claus making a big mistake.


Rounding out the movies is Academy Award-winner Box’s untitled French animation about Tibbles and his rag-tag gang of stray cats, who are forced to go undercover to pull off the biggest heist of their lives.


The four TV projects include Wereworld, based on Curtis Jobling’s books, and Italy’s Mermaid Magic.


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