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Netflix orders Downing action toon

Family space epic My Dad the Bounty Hunter

Netflix has ordered a CG animated action-comedy series for families co-created by Academy Award-winning director Everett Downing (Maya & the Three, Hair Love).

My Dad the Bounty Hunter follows two kids who discover their average Dad’s job is anything but boring after they accidentally hitch a ride into outer space and crash his latest mission.

Described by the streamer as an intergalactic space epic for the entire family, it comes from creators and executive producers Downing and Patrick Harpin (Hotel Transylvania 2, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation).

Russell Hornsby, Yvonne Orji, Priah Ferguson, Yvette Nicole Brown, JeCobi Swain, Leslie Uggams, Rob Riggle and Jim Rash will voice the series, while Dwarf Animation Studio has been appointed as the CGI animation studio.

Downing and Harpin said in a joint statement: “My Dad the Bounty Hunter is a love letter to animation, science fiction and black families rolled into a crazy action-comedy. We threw everything we love about sci-fi into this show, but it’s the family at the centre of the story that we’re most excited about.”

In related news, Netflix is also working on an as-yet-untitled sister comedy starring Golden Globe winners Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve).

Written by Jen D’Angelo and with Will Ferrell on board as a producer, the film will see Awkwafina and Oh play two sisters who try to mend their relationship via a gameshow.

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