Netflix Is Bringing Your Favorite Roald Dahl Stories To Life

Published on December 13, 2018

Netflix is known for its attention to detail in bringing its users high quality original content. The streaming service is bringing the world of Roald Dahl to life with a new series of animated stories. Your favorite childhood books like Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are coming to life again. The streaming service announced this week that it will be releasing animated versions of the stories on its online platform in both the US and the UK. Netflix has confirmed that it will produce at least fifteen of the most iconic Roald Dahl stories. Netflix will begin production on the series in 2019.

Who Is Roald Dahl?

“Roald Dahl stories have long inspired award-winning feature films and stage productions. But now, for the first time, Netflix will bring together the highest quality creative, visual, and writing teams to extend the stories in this first-of-its-kind slate of premium animated event series and specials for audiences of all ages and for families to enjoy together,” Netflix said in a press release. “Netflix intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves,” said the company in a press release.

Roald Dahl served on the Royal Air Force during the Second World War before becoming a Children’s book writer. His time in the Royal Air Force inspired his first works, which told the stories of various folklore surrounding the RAF. Later, his works were commissioned by Walt Disney as his original stories gained more and more international recognition. Dahl lived in New York City with his wife Patricia for much of his adult life. His most famous works are stories like James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG. Dahl also wrote and produced screenplays, some of which were adaptations of his own books. Such was the case with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, though the script was completed by David Seltzer because Dahl couldn’t meet a deadline.

New Netflix Content In 2019

Netflix is focusing more and more on original content. Disney announced their streaming service that would be released to the public in 2019. The service will combine all of ESPN, 21st Century Fox, Pixar and Disney. Netflix probably realized it would need to work a bit harder to compete. The arrival of shows like these is just one of the ways in which Netflix is trying to keep you. Netflix also announced this week that it would be releasing a live action version of the Cowboy Bebop series. The original series, from Japan, tells the story of a group of bounty hunters that travel the universe fighting crime.

Netflix will begin production on the Roald Dahl series in 2019. The streaming company has not announced when the series will be released on its website.


Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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