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Netflix News: New Films From Guillermo del Toro, Chris Williams and More

Streaming behemoth Netflix has been on fire with animation announcements lately. There's been so many, we just had to do a post to round them all up!

Chris Williams (co-director of Big Hero 6) will make his solo directorial debut with a new family feature Jacob And The Sea Beast due for release in 2022. The film is partly inspired by the sea monsters that were drawn on 16th and 17th-century nautical maps. The story centres on "a charming seafarer who sails into uncharted waters and discovers an unlikely ally in a sea monster". Williams will also pen the screenplay.

Guillemero del Toro's long-in-development stop-motion musical adaptation of Pinnochio has been revived at Netflix. The film is a dark retelling of the original story, now set in 1930's Italy (under Fascist rule). Del Toro will co-direct the film with Mark Gustafson -Fantastic Mr Fox's animation director- and co-write the screenplay with Over The Garden Wall's Patrick McHale. The Jim Henson Company and ShadowMachine will collaborate on the project, which will feature puppets made by UK-based studio Mackinnon And Saunders.

Netflix is said to be launching an in-house animation studio, that is expected to be the home for the new upcoming projects from Alex Hirsch and Shion Takeuchi.  

Netflix have announced Castlevania will return for a 10-episode third season. Adult animated comedy Paradise PD has been renewed for season two and Bojack Horseman will be back for season six. Matt Groening's Disenchantment has been renewed for a further two 10-episode seasons in 2020 and 2021- in addition to the 10 episodes due in 2019.