Mexico’s Anima Esudios is set to produce Las Leyendas for Netflix, marking the SVOD giant’s first animated original series to be produced in Latin America.
The first 13-ep season of Las Leyendas (The Legends) will bow globally on the streaming service in 2017.
Featuring the work of Spooksville and Ben 10 writer James Krieg, the series is based on the trilogy of kids’ films created by Anima Estudios (La Leyenda de la Nahuala, La Leyenda de la Llorona –pictured – and La Leyenda de las Momias), as well as on the characters created by producer Ricardo Arnaiz. Fernando De Fuentes and José Carlos García de Letona are both producers for the show.
Las Leyendas is set in the 1800s and centers on Leo San Juan, a reluctant but heroic teen boy with the ability to communicate with ghosts and monsters. One day, Leo’s hometown vanishes into another dimension, prompting him to join forces with a phantasmagorical group of misfits.
The bizarre team bands together to defeat Quetzalcoatl, an inter-dimensional entity who has sought to conquer the universe for centuries.
The deal is a significant one for Anima, which is behind such kids content as animated series co-pro Teenage Fairytale Dropouts, El Chavo Animado and 2011’s Top Cat: The Movie. It also falls in line with Netflix’s continued accumulation of original kids programming. Netflix first launched in Latin America in 2011, and the service is now available in more than 50 countries to more than 65 million subscribers.