Future of Dreamworks Movies & TV on Netflix

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Dreamworks Logo – Copyright Dreamworks Animation SKGFor many years now, Dreamworks Animation has been working closely with Netflix in producing exclusive titles for the streaming service and its theatrical releases coming to Netflix too. That’s changing slightly in 2019, however, with several new developments that we’re going to run you through. 

Big kids TV shows and movies since 2013 have come to Netflix thanks to a multi-year agreement between Netflix and Dreamworks. Over 300 hours of TV content were ordered by Netflix back in 2013 plus all theatrical movies since that date has arrived on Netflix in the pay-1 window.

Dreamworks Animation will produce TV content for Hulu starting in 2020

Starting from 2019, Hulu will be getting a bunch of brand new content from Dreamworks Animation TV. The studio also works on a couple of projects for Amazon Prime too.

New projects aren’t set to release until 2020 with Hulu saying:

DreamWorks Animation Television will develop and produce the series, which will debut on Hulu beginning in 2020.

We must stress that Netflix will continue working with Dreamworks Animation on a slew of existing and new content. For example, just in July alone is two new seasons of existing Dreamworks shows. We’re also getting an animated series of Fast and Furious and we’re still expecting the third part of the Guillermo del Toro series, Wizards.

In fact, there are seven yet to be released Dreamworks series coming to Netflix plus updates to at least six existing titles such as The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, 3Below, Harvey Street Kids and 3Below.

3Below: Tales of Arcadia – Dreamworks TV

Dreamworks TV titles aren’t exclusive to Netflix it’s worth noting too. Some of the older titles that were produced for Netflix can be found elsewhere now too. Universal TV currently airs the following: All Hail King Julien, Dinotrux, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Dragons: Riders of Berk, and Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh.

Dreamworks Animation theatricals releases no longer coming to Netflix from 2019

In addition to the new series coming to Hulu, the streaming network also managed to pick up the theatrical releases too.

Here’s what the press release had to say regarding the theatrical movies:

Through the deal, Hulu will become the exclusive U.S. streaming home to future theatrical releases from the studio beginning in 2019.

That means these films will no longer be coming to Netflix roughly 9 months after their cinematic release:

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Boss Baby 2
  • Trolls 2

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Dreamworks

Beyond that, Hulu also picked up some of the back catalog from Dreamworks animation too. Some still reside on Netflix but a wider catalog is now over at Hulu from Dreamworks Animation.

Netflix will certainly now have to plug the hole left by Dreamworks Animation filling in its TV content. It’s made strides in recent months including acquiring the brand of Storybots for example. Netflix also gets theatrical releases from Sony Animation Pictures and Illumination currently too.

Even Hulu could lose Dreamworks eventually. As the studios are owned by Comast, we could eventually see them produce content exclusively for the upcoming NBCUniversal platform.

That’s what we know for the moment about Dreamworks future relationship with Netflix. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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Founder of What's on Netflix, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for over a decade. Covering everything from new movies, series and games from around the world, Kasey is in charge of covering breaking news, covering all the new additions now available on Netflix and what's coming next.