Netflix's Animated Series MAYA AND THE THREE is Described as a "Mexican LORD OF THE RINGS" and 5 other Projects Announced

The director of the wonderful animated film Book of Life, Jorge Gutierrez, is now developing a limited animated series for Netflix called Maya and the Three.

The series will consist of nine episode and when talking about it, the director says that it’s basically a Mexican version of The Lord of the Rings, “but hilarious.”

The story is set in a “mythical Mesoamerican inspired world, a warrior princess embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to help save the world of men and gods.”

The series was also co-written by Silvia Olivas (Elena of Avalor) and Jeff Ranjo (Moana) is head of story on the project. It should be released on 2021.

Netflix is making a big animation push and there are five other projects that they’ve announced on top of this one. Those other projects include:


A 2D animated family feature film from director Nora Twomey (“The Secret of Kells,” “The Breadwinner”) and written by Meg LeFauve (“Isnide Out,” “The Good Dinosaur”), with story by LeFauve and John Morgan, who are also executive producers. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures are producing together with Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon and Tomm Moore. Based on the Newbery Honored children’s novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett, ”My Father’s Dragon” tells the story of young run-away Elmer Elevator, who searches for a captive Dragon on Wild Island and finds much more than he could ever have anticipated. Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films will also serve as executive producers alongside Gerry Shirren.


Animated preschool series from Kuku Studios in Berkeley, CA executive produced by Alex Woo (“Wall-e,” “Ratatouille”), Stanley Moore (“Finding Dory,” “Monster’s University)” and Tone Thyne (“Wonder Pets!,” “The Adventures of Napkin Man!”). Based on the hit toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels from VTech Electronics, “Go! Go! Cory Carson” follows the adventures of kid car Cory Carson as he navigates the winding roads of childhood in Bumperton Hills.


Animated series in production from Craig McCracken (“The Powerpuff Girls,” “Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends”). The show centers on a young boy who dreams of becoming a hero, and when he stumbles across some cosmic stones of power his dreams appear to have come true! Unfortunately the reality of being a hero vs. the fantasy of being a hero are completely different and this challenge becomes the biggest battle he has to face. The kid may be the good guy, but he’s really bad at it!


Animated series in production from Max Keane (“Dear Basketball”). Hank is a free-range, dirt-covered 6 year old boy with a big imagination and an even bigger best pal… a giant honking, snorting trash truck. From learning to fly to going to the dentist, there is no adventure too big or too small for these two best friends. Glen Keane (”The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and Gennie Rim (“Dear Basketball”) serve as executive producers alongside Max Keane.


A highly stylized CG animated feature film currently in production with BRON Animation in Vancouver from writer/director Kris Pearn (”Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2″) . When the four Willoughby children are abandoned by their selfish parents, they must learn how to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world in order to create a new and modern family. Based on the book by Newbery Award-winning author, Lois Lowry. Starring Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara and Jane Krakowski.

Netflix has has produced some great animated projects and some of these sounds like they will be a lot of fun and worth checking out. Which one are you most interested in watching?

Source: Variety

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