Three Asian-American Netflix Projects Ordered By Streamer – / Film
Netflix doubles the celebration of Asian voices during AAPI month. The streaming giant has ordered three new animation projects from Asian-American creators, one of which includes an animated film based on the famous Chinese legend Travel west (AKA the inspiration for Dragon ball) executive producer Stephen chow.
Jane lee, the director of Netflix Animation, announced the three new animation projects that will place “Asian American protagonists at the center of the concerns of children around the world”. One is the animated film King of the monkeys, and the next two are animated series – CG action Mech Cadetsand 2D animated comic adventure Benefits and Curses.
“We have our own characters and our own fantastic universes rooted in the beautiful cultures that we come from,” Lee said in her statement. Lee’s announcement came with the first key art of the three projects, which you can see below.
King of the monkeys
Scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2023, King of the monkeys is an animated action-comedy film produced by Stephen Chow, the filmmaker and star behind martial arts comedy classics such as Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin football. Inspired by the enduring Chinese legend Travel west (which served as inspiration for shows such as Dragon ball), King of the monkeys “Tell the story of a very special monkey and his magic fighting staff, who team up to fight against gods, demons, dragons, and everyone’s greatest enemy, Monkey Pride!”
“The King of the Apes has endured for generations with his unique character and spirit,” Chow said in a statement. “I’m so excited to be working with Tony, Peilin and everyone at Netflix to bring this joyful story to audiences around the world.”
King of the monkeys is set to perform with an all-Asian voice cast featuring Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Jo Koy, Ron Yuan, Hoon Lee, Stephanie Hsu, Andrew Pang, Andrew Kishino, Jodi Long, James Sie and BD Wong. It is produced by Peilin Cabbage (Above the moon) and Kendra haaland (co-producer of How to Train Your Dragon 2) and directed by an Oscar nominated filmmaker Anthony Stacchi (Boxtrolls), the latter being curiously the only non-Asian face on this project.
Benefits and Curses
Also scheduled for the premiere in 2023, Benefits and Curses is an animated action comedy series from creator and executive producer Jaydeep Hasrajani and co-executive producer of the series Jake goldman.
Hasrajani said in a statement that Benefits and Curses is an ode to his Indo-American upbringing, saying, “Growing up, I used to think of the hyphen in ‘Indian-American’ as a separator between two parts of myself. With Boons and Curses, I want to turn this hyphen from a wall into a bridge, not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt that they were caught between two worlds. Using the beauty of South Asian mythology, folk tales and culture, our talented and passionate team are so eager to share an exciting and hilarious adventure that can resonate with everyone around the world. “
Here is the logline:
In the magical land of Maya, a cosmic war is looming on the horizon. The Raj and his monstrous army threaten to destroy all who oppose them! The universe itself is at stake and our only hope is… 3 feet tall and made of butter. Pretending to be a cursed warrior from another time, Baan may have been transformed into a solid ghee but he won’t let that stop him! Teaming up with Rani, a young thief with delusions of grandeur, Baan must use all the arrows in his quiver if he is to defeat the Raj. Heavily inspired by ancient South Asia, Boons and Curses is an adventure comedy highlighting myths and legends that have delighted generations.
Finally, there is Mech Cadets, a CG animated series based on the Boom! Studios comic series Mech Cadet Yu by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa. Scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2023, Mech Cadets Happens 50 Years In The Future “After a terrifying alien species attacks our planet, teenager Stanford Yu works as a janitor at the Sky Corps Military Academy. But he only dreamed of one thing all his life: piloting a Robo Mech, giant robots from space that came to our aid. When he finally gets his shot, Stanford and his classmates must put aside all personal differences and work together as a team to defend humanity against yet another invasion of aliens.
The series is produced by Boom! Studios and will be hosted by Japanese studio 3DCG Polygon Pictures, which is behind series such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and recent Netflix 3D Godzilla anime movies. These do not give me much hope (those Godzilla anime movies are really ugly), but the concept art above looks decent at least.
Jack Liang, an executive at Polygon Pictures, said in a statement, “It is important for us to create stories that exemplify the diversity of voices and artistry of our teams as a studio based in Tokyo, Japan. As part of our mission “ to do what no other has done, with unmatched quality, for the whole world to see and enjoy ”, we are delighted to have by our side, our supervising director, Tohru Patrick Awa, writer and executive producer, Aaron Lam and our talented diverse team of writers, to visualize the wonderful story created by Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa and Boom! Studios. We are all honored to be working with Netflix and telling a story that we hope will inspire future storytellers around the world. “
Aaron Lam serves as the series’ writer and executive producer.
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