Netflix will kick off its 2022 slate of animated films with The House, a stop-motion project that has intrigued us ever since it was announced almost two years ago. The three-part anthology will debut on the streamer on January 14.
The film, a jet-black comedy with a gothic air, revolves around the house of the title and its inhabitants in three different eras, each of which forms the subject of one story. The parts are directed by various luminaries of indie stop motion: Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels (This Magnificent Cake!), Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Something to Remember), and Paloma Baeza (Poles Apart).
The House is produced by Nexus Studios. The characters are voiced by an all-star cast of mostly British actors, including Claudie Blakley, Matthew Goode, Mia Goth, Mark Heap, Miranda Richardson, Josh McGuire, Stephanie Cole, Jarvis Cocker, Dizzee Rascal, Yvonne Lombard, Sven Wollter, Helena Bonham-Carter, Paul Kaye, Will Sharpe, and Susan Wokoma.
See images for each section below, along with the official synopses:
Story 1 (Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef)
Set in the 1800s, impoverished Raymond meets a mysterious benefactor who promises to restore both him and his family to their former status. The family soon learns that wants and desires may not always lead you where you expect.
Story 2 (Niki Lindroth von Bahr)
Set in the present day, a harassed property developer tries to make a quick sale from a renovation. However, some eerie unexpected guests have other plans and become the catalyst to a more personal transformation.
Story 3 (Paloma Baeza)
Set in the near future, the house survives a hugely changed landscape. We meet Rosa, a young landlady determined to stay in her beloved crumbling house and restore it to its former glory. But Rosa’s unrealistic vision has blinded her to the inevitable change that is coming and to what matters most.