Netflix has closed its first-ever feature animation studio deal in Japan in the form of a three-picture deal with A Whisker Away producers Studio Colorido.
After rumors of cancellations within Netflix Animation were confirmed earlier this week, many began eulogizing the company’s cartoon prospects. Perhaps the news of Netflix’s animation demise was premature though, and the company is instead diversifying how it produces original animation. A co-production deal in one of the world’s most prolific animation countries might be an outlier, or it could be the first step down a new path.
Announced earlier this week, the deal will see Colorido produce three animated features for Netflix. The first, Drifting Home, will land on Netflix worldwide September 16. The streamer also dropped a trailer for the light-hearted film, which turns on a group of kids who enter an abandoned apartment building that is washed away into a great mysterious sea. Hiroyasu Ishida (Penguin Highway) directs.