Netflix Announces 8 New Animated Series and Films Coming from Europe


Continuing this years’ Netflix Geeked Week, on Thursday the company announced new animated shows and movies coming to the streaming platform. All of them are based in Europe, including a new movie from the director and studio behind the 2019 Christmas movie Klaus. The studio productions are specifically based in UK, Spain, Italy, and France.

Continue scrolling to see the 8 new animated features and shows expected to premiere on Netflix.

New Features:

Ember (Spain)

Photo Credit: The SPA Studios

After the immense success of 2019’s Klaus, the studio behind the movie, The SPA Studios, and director, Sergio Pablos, were hard at work on their next feature. The next movie is called Ember, an action-adventure story about mankind’s search for fire. The main character is Dikika, who sets out on a seemingly impossible journey to a far off volcano to retrieve a spark that could save her tribe. The animation is expected to be hand drawn, similarly like Klaus was.

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (U.K.)

Photo Credit: Timeless Films

This new animated film version of the classic Christmas story is a supernatural, musical, time-traveling adaption with re-imagined songs from two-time Academy Award winner Leslie Bricusse. With his soul on the line, Scrooge only has one Christmas Eve left to face his past and build a better future. This movie is produced by Timeless Films (Koati, Extinct) and Axis Studios, and directed by Stephen Donnelly (Monster High: Welcome to Monster High). Scrooge will be premiering during the 2022 Christmas holiday season.

That Christmas (U.K.)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Locksmith Animation

That Christmas is about a series of entwined tales about love and loneliness, family and friends, and Santa Claus making a big mistake. The movie comes from Locksmith Animation, which will be their second movie after Ron’s Gone Wrong. The story is based on popular children’s book series from BAFTA winner and Academy Award-nominee Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love actually, Yesterday). Character animation and story artist Simon Otto (How to Train Your Dragon) will be directing as his first feature film. Nicole P. Hearon (Moana, Frozen) and Adam Tandy (The Thick of It, Detectorists) are producing.

Untitled Steve Box Animated Film (France)

Photo Credit: SUPERPROD Animation

From the director of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit, Steve Box, comes his next project with Superprod Animation. This family comedy heist movie is an all original story about a street cat named Tibbles and his rag-tag gang of strays who go undercover as the very thing they despise – pampered pets of suburbia – to pull off the biggest heist of their nine lives.

New Series:

Bad Dinosaurs (U.K., Spain)

Photo Credit: Snafu Pictures

Bad Dinosaurs is a Mesozoic-set 3d animated series that follows a Tyrannosaurus family as they deal with the trials of living in the prehistoric wilderness while surrounded by incompetent dinosaurs. The comedy is based on a popular series of online shorts by creator Joel Veitch. The animation will be produced by Able & Baker (Love Death & Robots, Dragon Rider) and directed by Simone Giampaolo (Only a Child).

Mermaid Magic (Itay)

Photo Credit: Rainbow SPA

Mermaid Magic is about a teenage mermaid princess named Merlinda who leaves her undersea world for the unknown land above to find a rare source of magic that will help her defeat evil forces above the waves and under the sea that seek to destroy her kingdom. The CGI animated series will be directed by Iginio Straffi (WinxCub), with production by animation studio Rainbow Spa/Bardel (Rick and Morty, Dragon Prince). Rich Burns (Spirit Riding Free) is set to be head writer.

The Seven Bears (France)

Photo credit: Folivari

Inspired by classic fairy tales, Seven Bears follows a lovable pack of furballs through a series of misadventures. The series is based on a graphic novel series of the same name by Emile Bravo. It will be animated by French studio Studio Folivari (Ernest & Celestine), along with Cube and Robert Vargas (The Ollie & Moon Show).

Wereworld (U.K.)

Wereworld is a fantasy adventure story about Drew Ferran, a young man who comes of age and discovers he is the last in a long line of werewolves and is the reluctant rightful ruler of a land governed by the Werelords. Drew must fight to destroy the tyranny of the Lionlords and reclaim the throne. Wereworld is based on a book series by Curtis Jobling. The series will be directed by Tom Brass at Jellyfish Pictures (Spirit Untamed) and produced by Angelo Abela, Tim Compton, Curtis Jobling, and Barry Quinn for Lime Pictures.

Do any of these new animations look interesting to you? If so, which one are you most curious about?

Source: Deadline, Cartoon Brew


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