Netflix to acquire The LEGO Movie animation studio

Netflix has announced it plans to acquire Animal Logic, the animation studio responsible for bringing The LEGO Movie and its spin-offs to life.

Alongside working on titles ranging from The Great Gatsby and Happy Feet to Sucker Punch and Captain Marvel, Animal Logic has produced visual effects and animation for the entire LEGO cinematic universe to date, including The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO NINJAGO Movie.

All future ventures will now fall under the remit of Netflix, which is acquiring Animal Logic to support its ‘ambitious animated film slate’. That currently encompasses at least two movies already in production by Animal Logic, including The Magician’s Elephant, which is scheduled to premiere in 2023, and The Shrinking of the Treehorns, which is Ron Howard’s debut animated film.

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Garmadon

“Today, we announced that we will be acquiring leading animation studio Animal Logic, with ~800 amazing people mostly in Sydney and Vancouver, which will help us accelerate the development of our animation production capabilities and reinforces our commitment to build a world-class animation studio,” Netflix said in its latest letter to shareholders.

The future of the LEGO cinematic universe will probably not be on Netflix, however, as the rights to the LEGO movie franchise are currently in the hands of Universal Pictures. The studio took the reins from Warner Bros. in 2020, but has yet to do much of anything with them. When it does, it will need to tap into the resources of a completely different animation studio.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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