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“Croods” To Become a Netflix TV Series

DreamWorks, which we already know has big plans for Internet television, is currently in production on a Netflix series based on The Croods, according to a report in Variety.

The piece about DreamWorks’ TV plans says that, “DWA has yet to disclose which other characters will get their own series, though Croods is already known to be in production.” The previous news that had appeared online about a Croods series suggested that a show was in development, so Variety seems to be confirming that it’s happening now.

There are some other interesting takeaways from the article:

  • Turbo, which grossed only $82 million in the U.S. and was one of DreamWorks’ lowest-grossing computer animated features to date, is still profitable for the studio after home video and merchandising sales are factored into the equation.
  • Turbo: F.A.S.T., the first series in the monster 300-hour DreamWorks/Netflix deal, will be released online in chunks of episodes. The first five episodes will debut on December 24, and per Variety, instead of TV’s usual two 11-minute episodes per half hour, each episode will contain three 11-minute episodes.
  • The benefit of working with Netflix is that DreamWorks bypasses the traditional network standards and practices, which means creative teams exerise greater control over the final product. Turbo: F.A.S.T. exec producer (and Titmouse co-owner) Chris Prynoski says, “We’ve had to police ourselves on what we felt was good for kids. Sometimes we even ask if we’re being harder on ourselves than standards and practices (would be).”

For some big-picture analysis on DreamWorks’ TV plans, read this post by Steve Hulett on the Animation Guild blog.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Well that’s good news for the animators in China and India.

    • Mathias

      Laughing and crying at your comment.

    • canimal

      Hah, true.

    • Barney Miller

      Titmouse animates their shows here in the US.

  • Crystal

    Could they make a good show out of this? I don’t know if Turbo F.A.S.T. is good yet (dialogue/scenes in the trailers look a little corny), but it LOOKS gorgeous and I wonder if they could make a detailed 2D show instead of a CGI one?

    I thought that the Kung Fu Panda show (based on one episode) seemed a little more about gags than the serious moments the movie was good at. How to Train Your Dragon isn’t bad, but I’m not as absorbed in it as I am in other action shows (Samurai Jack, Motorcity). I also keep thinking “By the 2nd movie, whatever happens in this show won’t matter”, which throws me off a bit. But it has really good CG by TV standards!

  • Roberto Severino

    Odd choice to do a regular series on. I thought The Croods got mixed reception when it came out. Anyway, best of luck to the crew working on all this stuff. Maybe it will lead the way for a viable platform for animation artists to have their work showcased.

    • AmidAmidi

      If by mixed reception, you mean it was their second-most successful original film EVER at the global box office, then yes, you could say it got a mixed reaction.

      • Roberto Severino

        Understood. Haven’t seen the film at all and I guess I was thinking more of Turbo anyway.

      • Keen Bean

        Drew in the crowd and an interesting premise where as they are trying to replace the flintstones as your cornerstone prehistoric family the story was really lazy in some points and I know it’s a kid film and kids will digest pretty much anything they watch but just because you can eat Mcdonalds doesn’t mean you should eat it.

        That being said it’s not as bad as McDonalds. Just kind of an obvious marketing ploy in my eyes.

      • George_Cliff

        Wow that is a sad and sobering fact.

    • SarahJesness

      Furthering a franchise has less to do with reception and more to do with marketability. The movie made a good amount of money, and while I haven’t seen it yet, it doesn’t seem like the worst thing to make a franchise out of. It has a big, original setting that you could do a lot with, and if DreamWorks hopes to sell merchandise, I’m sure action figures and plush toys would be good.

  • Max C.

    Should it be worth noting that every movie Chris Sanders has directed eventually became a franchise including sequels and TV shows, one of which crossed itself over with Recess at one point?

    • IJK

      Chris Sanders tends to build a formula which results in a type of “Gotta catch ’em all” hook which makes it very easy to become attracted to and build stories around, as well as tons of merchandise.

      The cousins of Lilo & Stitch
      The dragons of Berk.
      The pre-historic creatures of Croods land. They also have fantasy environments to play with though, so that also helps.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        And no doubt we want to revisit those stories anew.

  • DJ

    Ugh, can anyone here tell me what happened to the big studio stand alone movie? I haven’t been able to find one in years.

    • IJK

      You mean over 20 years right? Because Disney’s done that all throughout the 90’s, so unless you were around to enjoy the once-every-five-year-animated-film-release throughout the 40’s – 80’s from Disney….

  • IJK

    Unless each episode has the budget of the Lilo & Stitch movie, kind of an unreasonable thing to expect. Even the L&S tv series was very lacking in the art style because of all the processes it had to go through.

    • Ben

      Have you seen the trailer for Turbo F.A.S.T. though? It’s 2D and looks fucking amazing.

  • George Comerci

    Huh…guess we’ll have to wait and see what it’ll be about…because at this point, there’s really not much about it. But what would they really do with the story?

  • deireyv

    I hope they make it as good as “Dragons: Riders of Berk”. It is a really well done show.

  • tredlow

    3D on television rarely looks good.

  • Acme

    How long before Dreamworks uses Casper for a new series?

    • Barrett

      I forgot DWA owns the Harvey characters now. I doubt we’ll see anything featuring Richie Rich any time soon, resentment of the uber-rich is approaching an all-time high these days.

      Wouldn’t mind seeing them try again with Casper, that Bill Pullman movie was OK and he’s a very likeable (if usually one-dimensional) character.

  • Kyle_Maloney

    I would be more excited if the characters had a fraction of the appeal of Chris Sanders’ drawings.