The Upside Down is being animated.
Netflix announced Monday a direct series order for an untitled animated series set at Stranger Things universe.
While Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer say plot details for the series are being kept under wraps as per “Saturday morning cartoon” style, referring to popular 21s-era series like Masters of the Universe, Jem and the Holograms, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Special Forces and more. It’s unclear if the beloved cast members of the flagship show will be voiced in the animated series.
Sydney-based animation company Flying Bark is handling an untitled series from Eric Robles (Nickelodeon’s Fanboy & Chum Chum). The Duffer Brothers will also be performing with their Stranger Things collaborators Making the series, 21 Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of Laps.
“We’ve always dreamed of having an animated Stranger Things like the Saturday morning cartoons we grew up loving Like the movie, it’s absolutely thrilling to see this dream come true,” Matt and Ross Duffer said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more blown away by the creativity of Eric Robles and his team – the script and artwork are incredible, and we can’t wait to share more with you! The adventure continues…”
The animated series is the newest Stranger Things spinoff from the Duffers’ Upside Down Pictures banner, which is based on a lucrative overall deal from Netflix. In addition to the upcoming streaming hit’s fifth and final season, the siblings recently announced a London stage show, Stranger Things: The First Shadow , and there’s another An untitled live-action spin-off of the flagship series in the work. Outside of the franchise, the Duffers are also dealing with Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman ; the anime show Live action version of Death Note ; and from Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance duo Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews original series.
Stranger Things has been named Netflix’s most popular English-language series of all time. Animated series do well on streaming platforms because they perform well on repeat. If successful, a breakout animated series could become a cash cow thanks to lucrative merchandising (see The Simpsons, Family Guy, Rick and Morty etc. ). While animated series usually take longer to produce, they also tend to be less expensive than the live-action originals.