Netflix Announces Animated Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Twits” for 2025
Netflix is set to bring the beloved world of Roald Dahl to life once again, this time with an animated adaptation of “The Twits.” This classic children’s novel, originally penned by Roald Dahl and adorned with the whimsical illustrations of Quentin Blake, first hit bookshelves in 1980. Now, it’s making its way to screens as an animated feature. The movie will be directed by Phil Johnston, a talent known for his involvement in the likes of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (2018) and for co-writing the screenplay of “Zootopia” (2016).
Joining forces with Johnston, co-directors Satie Shanahan and Todd Demong will bring their creative prowess to this project, while Meg Favreau lends her writing skills as a co-writer. Behind the scenes, Johnston takes on the role of producer alongside Maggie Malone, while Daisy West assumes the co-producer position. The animation will be skillfully crafted by Jellyfish Pictures, promising an exciting visual journey.
What’s the Story Behind Roald Dahl’s “The Twits”?
To those unfamiliar with the misadventures of “The Twits,” the official synopsis sets the stage: “Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the meanest, smelliest, nastiest people in the world who also happen to own and operate the most disgusting, most dangerous, most idiotic amusement park in the world, Twitlandia.” Yet, when the Twits ascend to power in their town, a trio consisting of two brave orphans and a magical family of animals find themselves compelled to outsmart the Twits in order to save their city. It’s a wildly funny tale, brimming with the Twits’ trademark tricks, from Wormy Spaghetti to the Dreaded Shrinks. Moreover, “The Twits” holds a mirror to our times, exploring the age-old battle between cruelty and empathy.
“I’ve always been attracted to reprehensible characters,” remarks Johnston. “I don’t know what this says about me, and I really don’t want to look into it. Point is, ‘The Twits’ was my favorite book when I was a kid. I love the Twits and their terrible tricks. I love that they lack self-awareness and personal hygiene and any inkling of human decency. And I love this movie because it reminds us that twits like the Twits, whose default emotions are anger and vengeance, can’t be allowed to win in our world.”
Netflix’s Journey into Roald Dahl’s World
In September 2021, Netflix made a significant move by acquiring the Roald Dahl Story Company. This acquisition marked the beginning of an exciting journey into the world of Dahl’s imagination. Netflix’s commitment to celebrating Dahl’s work was evident when they released “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical” in 2022, bringing the iconic character Matilda Wormwood to life on stage.
The celebration continues with the release of Wes Anderson’s “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” in September 2023, a film based on another of Dahl’s imaginative tales. This film is accompanied by a collection of Anderson’s short films, each inspired by Dahl’s literary treasures. And that’s not all; Netflix has a sweet treat in store for fans of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as they are currently working on an animated series based on this beloved story.
With these projects, Netflix aims to honor Roald Dahl’s legacy by breathing fresh life into his timeless stories, ensuring that new generations of children and adults alike can experience the magic of his writing.
Conclusion: A Whimsical World Awaits on Netflix
As we eagerly await the arrival of Roald Dahl’s “The Twits” on Netflix in 2025, it’s clear that the streaming giant is on a mission to captivate audiences with the enchanting tales spun by one of the most beloved storytellers of all time. With a creative team led by Phil Johnston and a commitment to staying true to the spirit of the original work, “The Twits” promises to be a delightful and thought-provoking addition to the world of animated films.
So, mark your calendars and get ready to step into the topsy-turvy world of Mr. and Mrs. Twit, where tricks, laughter, and a powerful message about kindness and empathy await. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Roald Dahl’s works or a newcomer to his imaginative universe, “The Twits” is sure to offer a whimsical and entertaining adventure for all. Stay tuned for this animated gem, coming soon to your Netflix screens in 2025.
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