Netflix is pretty ruthless when it comes to canceling shows. The streamer has no problem letting go of promising projects, even when respected talent is attached. However, a show usually gets at least one season on Netflix to make its case, but the fate of four series has just been decided without any of them airing a single episode.
As confirmed by Variety, Netflix killed four animated series: Wings of Fire, Antiracist Baby, With Kind Regards From Kindergarten and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. None of these series have ever been released on Netflix. All four were removed without even launching an episode on the service.
Wings of Fire was an adaptation of the popular children’s novel series of the same name by Tui T. Sutherland. The fantasy series centers on tribes of dragons fighting over lost treasure. To date, there are 15 books in the main series as well as a handful of spin-off titles. Ava DuVernay was attached in an executive producer role.
Antiracist Baby was based on a book of the same name by Ibrahim X. Kendi and would have been a collection of vignettes designed to examine racism from a child-friendly perspective. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You was another anime series based on a book by Kendi, but was also discontinued. It was envisioned as a companion series designed to accompany a new adult-oriented show called Stamped From the Beginning, which will mix documentary footage and scripted scenes and is currently in post-production.
Finally, With Kind Regards From Kindergarten was a feature film adaptation of an Adam Kline book. The novel tells the story of two close friends who are torn when one of them loses his imagination. It also featured pirates, monsters, and creepy animatronic dolls. Curiously, this project had never been publicly announced. This makes its confirmed cancellation the first we’ve heard of its very existence.
These four cancellations come following Netflix’s removal of its long-running anime adaptation of the Bone comic book series last month. Following the decision, series creator Jeff Smith hit back at the social media streamer in the form of a comic expressing his frustration.
With Netflix routinely canceling projects in development behind the scenes, it looks like its animation portfolio is taking a real beating right now. Reports of turmoil within Netflix’s Animated Kids & Family division might be to blame. The envelope recently claimed that “several large-scale projects were unceremoniously cancelled” following a major cabinet reshuffle. These four shows are probably the last projects to be affected by this.
The list of Netflix shows canceled in 2022 continues to grow rapidly, which only adds to the underfire streaming service’s woes. The streamer confirmed its first subscriber drop in a decade earlier this year. Netflix also faced backlash after announcing it would implement an ad-supported tier and crack down on password sharing before the end of the year. At least it has a new #1 movie that seems to be keeping subscribers engaged, even if critics are less than impressed.