The Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind such titles as Zootopia and Wreck-It Ralph, Phil Johnston, has adapted The Twits into an animated feature set to hit Netflix in 2025. Based on the children’s novel by Roald Dahl, the feature is co-written by Johnston and Meg Favreau and marks the first time the story has been adapted for the screen.

The animation, which hails from the Brixton-based studio Jellyfish Pictures, follows Mr. and Mrs. Twit, the meanest, smelliest, nastiest people in the world, who also happen to own and operate the most disgusting, most dangerous, most idiotic amusement park in the world, Twitlandia. But when the Twits rise to power in their town, two brave orphans and a family of magical animals are forced to become as tricky as the Twits in order to save the city.

The feature will differ from the source material by adding in two orphans, likely to give the story a more film-friendly structure. Dahl’s book just follows the Twits as they play vicious pranks on each other.

Netflix has stated that The Twits will be their first animated release in an upcoming line-up of Dahl adaptations – thanks to the streamer acquiring the Roald Dahl Story Company in 2021 –, including Wes Anderson’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and an animated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory feature. 

Check out the first-look image below:

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