Netflix has revealed that an animated feature version of The Twits, one of a handful of Roald Dahl adaptations being worked on at the streamer, is coming in 2025.
The Twits will be Netflix’s first animated release of a Dahl adaptation following Wes Anderson’s upcoming live-action short The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and ahead of a future animated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The streamer acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company in September 2021.
Here’s what we know about The Twits:
- Animation is being handled by U.K. studio Jellyfish Pictures (Spirit Untamed).
- The Twits is directed by Phil Johnston (Ralph Breaks the Internet) with co-directors Katie Shanahan (Centaurworld) and Todd Demong (head of story The Addams Family, storyboard supervisor Sausage Party). It was written by Johnston and Meg Favreau. Johnston also produces with Maggie Malone, and Daisy West co-produces.
- Synopsis: Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the meanest, smelliest, nastiest people in the world who also happen to own and operate the most disgusting, most dangerous, most idiotic amusement park in the world, Twitlandia. But when the Twits rise to power in their town, two brave orphans and a family of magical animals are forced to become as tricky as the Twits in order to save the city. A hysterically funny, wild ride of a film (chock-full of the Twits’ beloved tricks–from the Wormy Spaghetti to the Dreaded Shrinks), The Twits is also a story for our times, about the never-ending battle between cruelty and empathy.
- In a release, Johnston said: “I’ve always been attracted to reprehensible characters. I don’t know what this says about me, and I really don’t want to look into it. Point is, The Twits was my favorite book when I was a kid. I love the Twits and their terrible tricks. I love that they lack self-awareness and personal hygiene and any inkling of human decency. And I love this movie because it reminds us that twits like the Twits, whose default emotions are anger and vengeance, can’t be allowed to win in our world.”