Netflix Unveils First Animated Series Made in Latin America

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'Las Leyendas'

Mexico’s Anima Studios will produce the show, set to be released in 2017.

Netflix confirmed on Thursday that Las Leyendas will be its first original animated series produced in Latin America.

The show is reportedly based on a trilogy of children’s films — La Leyenda de la Nahuala (The Legend of Nahuala), La Leyenda de la Llorona (The Legend of La Llorona) and La Leyenda de las Momias (The Legend of the Mummies) — from Anima Studios, as well as characters created by producer Ricardo Arnaiz.

Set in the 1800s, Las Leyendas tells the story of Leo San Juan, a teenager who can communicate with ghosts and monsters with whom he will join forces after his town disappears into another dimension, in order to fight evil Quetzalcoatl, who plans to take over the universe.

Fernando de Fuentes and Jose C. García de Letona will be the show’s executive producers at Anima Studios.

Anima recently partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures for a Spanish-language Top Cat origin story, following the success of Anima’s 2011 Top Cat based on Hanna-Barbera’s original characters.

Las Leyendas’s first season of 13 episodes is scheduled for a worldwide release on the streaming service in 2017.