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Netflix announces three new animated comedies

Set to start launching this fall, the series feature robots, space dogs and fairytales

Netflix is padding its kids content lineup with a trio of new animated comedy series. Dogs in Space and A Tale Dark & Grimm are both set to premiere on the SVOD this fall, with Super Giant Robot Brothers following in 2022.

Based on the book series by Adam Gidwitz, A Tale Dark & Grimm sees Hansel and Gretel leave their own story behind to explore other classic fairytales. The CG-animated series is produced in partnership with Boat Rocker Studios, Novo Media Group and Astro-Nomical Entertainment. David Henrie, James Henrie, Bug Hall, Bob Higgins, Jon Rutherford, Doug Langdale and Simon Otto are EPs on the project, and Boat Rocker’s Jam Filled is providing animation services.

Dogs in Space, meanwhile, tells the story of a canine crew traveling the universe in search of a new home for the human race. The 2D-animated series is produced in partnership with Atomic Cartoons and created by Jeremiah Cortez, who is executive producing along with Adam Henry, Jennifer Twiner McCarron, Matthew Berkowitz and Kristin Cummings.

Landing next year, action-comedy Super Giant Robot Brothers hails from creators Victor Maldonado and Alfredo Torres (Trollhunters) and is produced in partnership with Reel FX Originals. It stars two robot brothers fighting to protect Earth from intergalactic evil. Pixar vet Mark Andrews will direct the CG/mocap-animated series, with Tommy Blacha serving as showrunner and EP. Jared Mass, Steve O’Brien and Maldonado and Torres will also executive produce.