Netflix to produce first LATAM animated series in 2017


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 24 September 2015

Las Leyendas, the first animated Netflix original series to be produced in Latin America, has been confirmed by the US subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform for 2017.

The first 13-episode season will premiere worldwide exclusively on the streaming service, and will feature the work of writer James Krieg (Spooksville and Scooby-doo! Mystery Incorporated). Las Leyendas is based on the trilogy of children's films created by Anima Estudios which also produced La Leyenda de la Nahuala (The Legend of the Nahuala), La Leyenda de la Llorona (The Legend of the Llorona) and La Leyenda de las Momias (The Legend of the Mummies).

Set in the 1800s, the Netflix adventure centres on Leo San Juan, a reluctant but heroic teenage 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.

Las Leyendas will be executive produced by Fernando de Fuentes and Jose C Garcia de Letona of Anima Estudios, a Mexican animation studio credited with El Chavo Animado and Top Cat: The Movie, among other children's formats.

The video-on-demand (VOD) platform continues to produce local content in Latin America, including the series Narcos.