Netflix and Blink Industries have announced a new 2D animated series, DeadEndia, based on the graphic novels of award-winning creator Hamish Steele.
Produced by the Blink Industries studio in London, DeadEndia is quirky, spooky and hilarious at the same time and is slated to premiere globally on the streaming platform in 2021.
Based on Steele’s horror-comedy graphic novels and a web series, Dead End, the series follows the adventures of Barney, Norma and their 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, a thousand-year-old demon named Courtney. They journey to the underworld multiplane and face zombie mascots, demonic game show hosts, sleep-sucking witches and the scariest thing of all: their first crushes.
Commented Steele on the animated series, “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 finding 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!”
His graphic novels have been lauded for capturing the pains of growing up, early adulthood of characters with a variety of identities and experiences including Barney, a transgender teen, and neurodiverse Norma. With this Netflix is not only exploring new and innovative animated content but also including diverse characters and voices.
DeadEndia 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).