Netflix announces She-Ra and Trolls among a slew of new animated series from Dreamworks

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Dec 12, 2017

Netflix is doubling down on its programming for kids and its relationship with DreamWorks Animation as it just announced a slew of new animated shows arriving on its streaming platform in 2018. They are either new seasons of existing shows or brand-new content based on recent DreamWorks projects. They include: She-RaTrolls: The Beat Goes On!, The Boss Baby: Back in Business, Harvey Street Kids, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, Trollhunters Part 3, and 3 Below (the second installment of the Tales of Arcadia trilogy from Guillermo del Toro). 

Right now, Trolls is the only one with a concrete premiere date of Jan. 19, 2018 and will pick up where the feature film left off. The Captain Underpants and Boss Baby shows are spin-offs of the DreamWorks movies of the last year. These are just the latest in a long line of the studio's movies that have received their own television shows like The Penguins of MadagascarThe Adventures of Puss in Boots, DreamWorks Dragons, and Dawn of the Croods. This way, DreamWorks doesn't have to worry about immediately making cinematic sequels, which probably take longer to animate, or rely on box-office returns.

The most surprising title on the announcement list is She-Ra, a character from the mid-1980s who was created by Filmation as the female answer to He-Man. According to Netflix, the series — from Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) — will be "a modern take on the ‘80s girl power icon for a new generation of young fans"

Harvey Street Kids sounds a bit reminiscent of Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door. It follows a group of best friends who, according to the announcement, "will do whatever it takes to keep Harvey Street the best block to never grow up on and transform every afternoon into a wild adventure." So, get ready for a never-ending game of kickball and an ice cream truck with infinite flavors. 

As for the shows from del Toro, the company's partnership with the Mexican director is a no-brainer, especially now that he's winning acclaim and awards nominations for The Shape of Water.