Netflix has shut down two animated kids shows in production: Dino Daycare, from creator Jeff King (Vampirina) and executive producer Chris Nee (Ada Twist, Scientist), as well as creator Jaydeep Hasrajani’s Boons & Curses.
The move comes in the wake of the streamer’s recent Q1 report, which saw it post a 200,000 subscriber loss for the quarter and a forecast for more of the same in Q2.
Both Nee and Hasrajani confirmed the cancellations this weekend on Twitter.
“Hard day for a beautiful show deep into production,” Nee said on Twitter. “So much love to Jeff King and the incredible Dino Daycare crew. I have no doubt it will find a new home.”
Dino Daycare (pictured), a 3D-animated series, was announced in 2020 as part of a slate of projects Nee was set to oversee at the streamer. The 2D-animated comedy Boons and Curses, announced as part of a slate from Asian American creators, featured a hero who was turned into a chunk of butter, but kept on fighting evil anyway.
The cancellations follow the shut down of several other early-stage projects in April, including animated kids series Pearl from Megan Markle. The series, in development, was set to follow a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by famous women throughout history. Also shut down were the adaptation of Jeff Smith’s comic series Bone and DC Super Hero Girls writer Lauren Faust’s new series, Toil & Trouble.
Netflix’s revenue growth has “slowed considerably” according to its Q1 2022 financial report, released on April 19. The slowdown was attributed to households sharing accounts and competition, and marked Netflix’s first net loss of subs in more than a decade. The streamer also forecast that it could lose two million more subscribers in the next quarter.
The streamer’s decisions around cancellations and renewals are based on a strategy of balancing viewing numbers against the costs of making a project, a spokesperson recently told Kidscreen, in response to queries about the exit of Phil Rynda, its director of creative leadership and development for original animation.
The spokesperson confirmed that aside from Rynda, no one has been let go on the commissioning or production side of the business and Rynda’s responsibilities would be absorbed by other team members.
Other streamers are stocking up on kids and family content to draw eyeballs amid the rise in competition from multiple SVODs. In March, Disney+ added several Marvel series—which were previously exclusively on Netflix—such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
For HBO Max, WarnerMedia recently greenlit a new Charlotte’s Web miniseries and a Sesame Street-themed special based on The Nutcracker. Apple TV+ is also adding new kids content, ordering new preschool series Sago Mini Friends from Spin Master, which is based on the popular app of the same name.