Get ready to watch the magical, mystical, downright amazing world of Roald Dahl on Netflix. The iconic children’s author’s stories are coming to life on the small screen, thanks to your fave streaming service!

While you no doubt have seen Dahl’s famed works on the big screen already, such as Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this new series is an entirely new take. Netflix has announced it’s gathered some of the most creative minds around to create original animated specials that extend Dahl’s stories in entirely imaginative ways—as if they weren’t imaginative enough on their own. Netflix even offered a sneak peek at what it has in store over the next few years in this neat highlight reel:

According to Felicity Dahl, Roald Dahl’s widow, “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.” Dahl went on to add, “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.”

So which Dahl classics are coming to Netflix? The list is impressive and includes the following 16 adaptations, many of which have never been adapted for film or TV before:

Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company, added, “Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling.” Simeloff went on to say, “There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

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Before you start popping the popcorn, hold on. Production won’t get underway until 2019, with no official word yet on when the first films will be released.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Courtesy of Netflix

 

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