Netflix will soon lose significant chunks of its content when Disney launches its own streaming service next year. But now the world’s biggest streaming service is taking on Disney at its own game, announcing a raft of new animated shows and films.
These include animation heavyweights from the creators of Moana, Inside Out and Finding Dory (all made by Disney or Disney Pixar).
So what’s in the pipeline? Maya and the Three (due 2021) is a series about a warrior princess, starring Jeff Rango from Moana. The film My Father’s Dragon (due 2021) was written by Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve, and involves a youngster trying to find a mythical beast. Go! Go! Cory Carson (due 2019) is a show based on toys for pre-schoolers, while Kid Cosmic (due 2020) sees a child fulfil his dream of becoming a superhero, but then struggle with his new-found powers.
The series Trash Truck (due 2020) sees a kid with an overactive imagination find a rubbish truck as a best friend, and The Willoughbys (due 2020) focuses on abandoned children who have to adapt to the modern world.
According to Netflix, 60 per cent off its customers watch some kind of family content each month, so it makes sense to ramp up its efforts in that area. Especially with Disney about to yank its Marvel and Star Wars properties from Netflix to use on its own House of Mouse service.