Disney unpacked its Annecy suitcase at the French festival today, revealing three new animated greenlights and several renewals for legacy brand series.
The new toons—all featuring supernatural themes—will air on Disney+ and other Disney-owned platforms in 2023 and beyond.
First up is Dragon Striker, an action-adventure sports series co-produced by France’s Cyber Group Studios and La Chouette Compagnie for Disney EMEA. Set in a world where baseball meets magic, the story follows 12-year-old Key, who dreams of entering the big leagues and discovers he possesses a powerful spell he can use to up his game. Together with his team of underdogs, Key takes on his school’s champions and fights to prevent an ancient evil from reappearing.
Dragon Striker is created and produced by Sylvain Dos Santos (Droners and Marblegen), directed by Charles Lefebvre (Maya the Bee), and has Paul McKeown (Space Jam) heading up its writers’ room.
Meanwhile, French prodco Xilam Animation is developing an action-comedy series called The Doomies (pictured). This show is co-created by Rémi Zaarour (The Rabbi’s Cat) and Andrès Fernandez (Zig and Sharko). Fernandez is also directing the project, working with head writer Henry Gifford (Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends) and producer Marc Du Pontavice (Oggy and the Cockroaches).
The supernatural series stars best friends Bobby and Romy, who mistakenly open a portal to another world and transform their once-sleepy coastal town into a den of terrifying creatures. The teens are roped into solving a mystery and must confront both literal and inner monsters along the way.
Finally, Disney Television Animation is breathing new life into musical movie franchise Zombies with a new animated series. Zombies: The Re-Animated Series features the daily lives of friends Zed, Addison, Eliza and Willa as they struggle to figure out how to survive as students at Seabrook High School.
Aliki Theofilopoulos (Phineas and Ferb), Jack Ferraiolo (Wordgirl) and Gary Marsh (High School Musical) are joining original exec producers David Light and Joseph Raso on the resurrected franchise.
These three otherworldly new series will be counterbalanced with returning Disney and Marvel shows, including second seasons of Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life and Monsters at Work, and third seasons of Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends and Mickey Mouse Funhouse.