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Everything We Know About the New Roald Dahl Series on Netflix

An animated show will bring Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas to your computer screen.

The imaginative characters of Roald Dahl are heading to the small screen. This week, Netflix announced that it will adapt the author's collection of beloved stories, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and The Twits, into original animated series geared toward a family audience.

Netflix is working with a full staff of creative, visual, and writing teams in order to extend the storylines of the iconic characters further than they are in Dahl's books, but "intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl." There has been no mention as to which of Dahl's stories will be made first, although Netflix announced that production of the first series is set to begin in 2019.

“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl.

“This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”

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According to Deadline, the Roald Dahl partnership is one of the biggest ever in children's' entertainment but is just one of many recent deals in Netflix's family department. The streaming service recently began work on adaptions of classic children's stories such as Pinocchio, The Willoughbys, and Green Eggs and Ham.

The list of Dahl's titles that will be adapted, includes not only favorites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and The Twits, but also Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George's Marvellous Medicine, Boy– Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.


“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” commented Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix.

“We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

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