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Netflix, Tonk House developing ONI animated series

November 22, 2019

By Nik Roseveare

Netflix is partnering with Academy Award-nominated animation studio Tonko House, to bring an all-new original series ONI to life.

The series, steeped in Japanese mythology, will feature a hybrid of both stop motion and computer generated animation.

“Having spent my entire career in the American animation industry, part of me always wondered if there would ever be a place in the stories I tell for the other half of my identity, as a Japanese native. This Tonko House collaboration with Netflix is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to freely embrace my unique background to share with the rest of the world the wonderful stories I grew up with in Japan, particularly ones I believe are timely to the society we live in today,” commented Dice Tsutsumi, co-founder of Tonk House and former Pixar artist.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Dice and the rest of the Tonko team on this incredibly sweet story of self-discovery rooted in Japanese folklore. Dice is a renowned filmmaker with a deep passion for celebrating Japanese culture, and we’re honoured to support his foray into animated series together with the team at Tonko. We fell in love with Onari and the specific Japanese mythology built around her, and we’re confident that her very personal, relatable story of self-discovery will resonate with audiences around the world,” added Aram Yacoubian, Director, Original Animation at Netflix.

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