Netflix’s original feature animation slate is wildly eclectic this year with stop-motion features from Guillermo del Toro and Henry Selick, a hand-drawn film from Nora Twomey, and a rotoscope-esque style work from Richard Linklater. But the streamer’s broad slate also includes The Sea Beast, a cg film that has the familiar look of works from other major U.S. animation studios.
Netflix released the first trailer for The Sea Beast today:
Here’s the official synopsis:
In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes – and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he’s saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.
The film marks the solo feature directorial debut of Disney veteran Chris Williams, who was one of the directors on Bolt and Big Hero 6 and a co-director on Moana. In addition to directing, Williams also co-wrote the screenplay (with Nell Benjamin) and produced the film (with Jed Schlanger).
The animation is produced by Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver, whose other credits include Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Mitchells vs. The Macchines, Hotel Transylvania 4, Storks, and Over the Moon.
Other announced creative credits include editing by Joyce Arrastia, music by Mark Mancina, and a voice cast starring Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dan Stevens, and Kathy Burke.
The Sea Beast arrives July 8 on Netflix.