Netflix Cancels Two More Animated Series

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It was only just over a week ago it was announced that drastic changes were being made in the animation department at Netflix. Now that appears to be only the beginning of a list of cancellations and layoffs.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, two shows have “stopped production”. Dino Daycare and Boons and Curses were the latest animated series on the chopping block. Originally announced in 2020, Dino Daycare took place in a world where dinosaurs never went extinct and a 6-year-old boy helps out at a nursery for baby dinos of all shapes and sizes. The series was created by Jeff King and executive produced by Chris Nee (who also executive produced Doc McStuffins and was writer for Vampirina). Chris Nee share a tweet after the announcement was made public:

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Hard day for a beautiful show deep into production. So much love to Jeff King and the incredible Dino Daycare crew. I have no doubt it will find a new home. But right now, hard. If you need the best of preschool writers, DM me.

Boons and Curses was announced in May of last year along with other Asian American inspired animated features and series. The South Asia inspired story was about a young warrior who has been cursed into butter, but that doesn’t stop this warrior from taking on an evil ruler. The series was planned to air in 2023.

A member of the production team took to Twitter to explain what they were told by Netflix as to what happened behind the scenes surrounding the cancellation of Boons and Curses.

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Netflix just cancelled the production I have been on since last August, the unparalleled @jayhasrajani‘s Boons & Curses.

Near the end of the twitter thread, Marcy added further explanation relating to how Netflix told them the news:

They dropped this news on us literally within the hour of a production celebration that we were going to have for our first episode shipped. Now, it’s all stopping.

They told us their main reason for cancellation was trouble they were having deciding if it belonged in an “action” slate or a “comedy” slate. I’m sure you can decide on the validity of that yourself.

Writer and producer of Boons and Curses, Jay Hasrajani, shared on his Twitter that he intends to talk about this later:

He has also been sharing many tweets from fellow members of the production crew who were working with him on the new series. One such example is from Twitter user @ianlaser:

Our whole crew just got laid off from “Boones and Curses” over at Netflix. The work we did was amazing. So sad no one will get to see the beautiful things we were working on. Loved this crew.

Hopefully the cancelled shows will find other places to continue what was started. But until then, who else will be laid off? What else will be cancelled? I’m sure we will find out soon enough.


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