Netflix and DreamWorks Animation are ramping up original content going into 2016 thanks to an extension to a multi-year deal that will bolster the studio’s presence on the streaming platform. Part and parcel of the expansion ensures that, outside of China, DreamWorks holds the streaming rights to animated series such as The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux and Dragons: Race to the Edge.
Outside of those existing properties, DreamWorks and Netflix have also teamed to bring a pair of all-new IP. Developed and produced by DW, it is Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters and a Voltron reimagining that will set up shop under the Netflix umbrella.
The latter is a new spin on the classic 80s animated series – will King Zarkon’s anger ever relent? – while the former has been pitched as a series that “will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.” Del Toro through and through, then.
In tandem with today’s announcement, Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Series for Netflix, welcomed the new additions to the company’s ever-growing roster.
“DreamWorks Animation is synonymous with great storytelling that families around the world enjoy,” said Holland. “It’s with great pleasure that we expand on an already successful relationship with DreamWorks Animation to bring more premium kids and family television to Netflix members globally.”
Marking the start of a jam-packed year for DreamWorks is the release of animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3, due to hit theaters later this month. And while the company has been lumbered with financial woes and layoffs in recent times, banking on its TV division is certainly a promising start. No word yet on release dates for either Trollhunters or the Voltron reimagining, though we’ll keep you posted as more information is released.