Netflix has ordered new kids animated series, City of Ghosts, from Adventure Time alum Elizabeth Ito.
According to Deadline, City of Ghosts is described as a hybrid documentary and animated series in which a group of kids discover stories around their city by communicating directly with the ghosts who inhabit it. Ito, an Emmy-winning director and writer on Cartoon Network’s fantasy animated television Emmy- and Peabody award-winning series Adventure Time and creator of the Cartoon Network short Welcome to My Life, will executive produce and serve as showrunner.
Ito is a Los Angeles native and City of Ghosts explores her personal experience growing up as a yonsei living in various multicultural neighborhoods across L.A. Yonsei is a Japanese diasporic term used mostly in North America and in Latin America. It refers to the great-grandchildren of Japanese immigrants (Issei). The children of Issei are Nisei (the second generation). Sansei are the third generation, and their offspring are Yonsei. For the majority of Yonsei in the Western hemisphere, their Issei ancestors emigrated from Japan between the 1880s and 1924.
In the series, Ito takes an entertaining look at how generations of diverse inhabitants can affect the changing dynamics of neighbourhoods and the communities that form in them.
City of Ghosts joins several Netflix original animated series in production at Netflix Animation in Hollywood, including Inside Job from Shion Takeuchi, Kid Cosmic from Craig McCracken, Battle Kitty from Matt Layzell, Maya and the Three from Jorge Gutierrez, and Trash Truck from Max Keane. Netflix Animation is also developing a number of animated series with Chris Nee, the award-winning creator of Disney Junior mega-hits Doc McStuffins and Vampirina.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, The streamer has signed a multiple-year overall deal with Nee, who, sources say, also wants to start generating content for adults after creating animated preschool hits for the Disney-owned, kids-focused cable network. Under the exclusive pact, Nee will write and produce new animated and live-action series for preschool and all audiences.
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