Netflix has announced that “The Twits,” an animated feature based on the beloved Roald Dahl book, will be coming to the streaming platform in 2025. The film is the first animated venture to come out of Netflix’s acquisition of the Roald Dahl Story Company in 2021.
Phil Johnston, a Disney veteran known for his work on films like “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Zootopia,” is set to direct, produce, and co-write “The Twits.” Co-directors Katie Shanahan and Todd Demong are also attached to the project, with Meg Favreau co-writing the script alongside Johnston.
“The Twits” has been translated into 41 languages and has sold over 16 million copies worldwide, making it a perfect choice for Netflix’s first Dahl-based animated feature. The movie follows the story of Mr. and Mrs. Twit, described as the meanest, smelliest, and nastiest people in the world. They own an amusement park called Twitlandia, which is known for being disgusting, dangerous, and idiotic. When the Twits rise to power in their town, it’s up to two brave orphans and a family of magical animals to outsmart them and save the city.
In a statement, Johnston shared his excitement about the project, revealing that “The Twits” was his favorite book as a child. He expressed his love for the story because it reminds us that individuals like the Twits, who are driven anger and vengeance, shouldn’t be allowed to win in our world.
Netflix’s Dahl-based series, including the highly anticipated “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” adaptation, is still in the works, and more announcements are expected. In the meantime, viewers can look forward to a series of short films directed Wes Anderson that will be released later this month, starting with “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.”
With a talented team of filmmakers and a beloved source material, “The Twits” is sure to be a highly anticipated animated feature for both fans of Roald Dahl and Netflix subscribers alike.
– Drew Taylor (source)
– Roald Dahl Story Company (source)