Netflix’s slate of original animated programming continues to grow with the recent announcements of three new series: The Knights of Sidonia, Ever After High and Dinotrux.
In The Knights of Sidonia, the site’s first original anime series, genetically modified mech pilots fight to protect the last of humankind from shapeshifting aliens. Based on the manga of the same name by Tsutomu Nihei, it is touted as a Netflix “Original,” despite the fact that the first season of the series, produced by Polygon Pictures and directed by Kobun Shizuno, aired in Japan last April. Both dubbed and subtitled versions of the first season’s 12 episodes have been available exclusively on Netflix since July 4.
Ever After High is a glossy, sartorial reimagining of classic fairy tales that follows the teenage mini-dramas of the sons and daughters of timeless characters like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and the Mad Hatter. Based on Mattel’s fashion doll franchise, 12 episodes of the new animated series will debut in 2015, with an original film premiere titled Ever After High Spring Unsprung. Netflix currently streams a handful of Ever After High short form animated episodes, created by Mattel’s Playground Productions.
Dinotrux, which will also debut in 2015, is an adaptation of the children’s books by Chris Gall. It features prehistoric construction vehicles like Tyrannosaurus Trux, Tow-a-constrictors and Reptool as they defend their world from the most dangerous Dinotrux of them all, D-Strux. Dinotrux is part of the original programming deal between Dreamworks and Netflix, and among the few announced projects that is not based on an existing Dreamworks film property.