New 2D animated series, based on Hamish Steele’s spooky graphic novels, will premiere globally on Netflix in 2021.
Netflix has just announced a greenlight on DeadEndia, a 2D animated kids’ series based on Hamish Steele’s horror-comedy graphic novels of the same name, and the web short, Dead End. The series will be produced by BAFTA-nominated Blink Industries, a London-based development and production studio.
The series follows the adventures of Barney, Norma and magical-talking-dog Pugsley, as they balance their summer jobs at the local theme park haunted house while battling the totally real supernatural forces that dwell within it. Together with their guide to the underworld multiplane, a sardonic thousand-year-old demon named Courtney, they'll face zombie mascots, demonic game show hosts, sleep-sucking witches and the scariest thing of all: their first crushes.
According to Steele, “DeadEndia is about terrifying demons, vengeful ghosts and mysterious magic. It is also about coming of age in a world that wasn’t made for you. It’s a drama about found family, identity and making mistakes. And of course, it’s a laugh out loud comedy! I’ve always dreamed of making the show I needed as a lonely, horror-obsessed closeted gay kid and thanks to Netflix and our ridiculously talented, diverse and representative writers room and crew, we have shot way past my dreams and into wildest fantasy territory!”
The author’s graphic novels have been lauded for capturing the early adulthood growing pains of characters with a wide variety of identities and experiences including Barney, a transgender teen, and neurodiverse Norma.
The series will star Zach Barack as Barney (Spider-Man: Far from Home); Kody Kavitha as Norma (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Emily Osment as Courtney (Almost Family, The Kominsky Method); Alex Brightman as Pugsley (Beetlejuice The Musical); Clinton Leupp a.k.a. Miss Coco Peru as Pauline Phoenix (Will & Grace); Kenny Tran as Logs (Maybe Happy Ending); and Kathreen Khavari as Badyah (Marvel Rising, Insecure, Big Little Lies).