Netflix Tackling Roald Dahl Universe with Animated Shows on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Matilda’ and More

Roald Dahl’s beloved tales will be hitting screens as animated series thanks to Netflix.

The streaming giant has announced that it is teaming up with The Roald Dahl Story Company to extend Dahl’s universe of stories with a slate of original animated event series. The projects will be based on the author’s bestsellers, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and The Twits among them.

Netflix states that it intends “to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.”

“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,” Felicity Dahl, Roald Dahl’s widow, said in a statement. “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.”

Added Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix: “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. 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.”

The list of titles included in the deal signed between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company:

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Matilda
  • The BFG
  • The Twits
  • 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
  • Rhyme Stew

The first of the Netflix Dahl animated series will be heading into production in 2019.

Netflix released this short promo reel with the announcement: