The first image and details for Netflix’s feature animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Twits debuts online.
Something weird and wonderful from the twisted mind of Roald Dahl is coming to Netflix in 2025. Introducing The Twits, a feature animated film written and directed by Academy Award nominee Phil Johnston (Ralph Breaks the Internet, Zootopia, Grimsby). The Twits celebrates the first screen adaptation based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name. Before arriving on Netflix, publishers translated The Twists into 41 languages and sold 16 million copies worldwide.
The Twits is part of Netflix’s line-up of adaptations inspired by Dahl’s cherished stories, including Wes Anderson’s upcoming live-action short film The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and an animated adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Netflix landed the rights to Dahl’s library in September 2021, with projects in various stages of production since. Jellyfish Pictures (The Boss Baby, The Bad Guys) is the animation studio in charge of The Twits.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Twists courtesy of Netflix:
Mr. and Mrs. Twit are 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. A hysterically funny, wild ride of a film (chock-full of the Twits’ beloved tricks–from the Wormy Spaghetti to the Dreaded Shrinks), The Twits is also a story for our times, about the never-ending battle between cruelty and empathy.
“I’ve always been attracted to reprehensible characters. I don’t know what this says about me, and I really don’t want to look into it. Point is, The Twits was my favorite book when I was a kid. I love the Twits and their terrible tricks,” said Johnston. “I love that they lack self-awareness and personal hygiene and any inkling of human decency. And I love this movie because it reminds us that twits like the Twits, whose default emotions are anger and vengeance, can’t be allowed to win in our world.”
With multiple projects in the works at Netflix and the new Wonka film starring Timothée Chalamet as a young Willy Wonka coming from Warner Bros, Roald Dahl’s world is making a delicious return to pop culture. Are you excited about The Twits coming to Netflix in 2025? Let us know in the comments below.