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Netflix Breaks Ground With Animated World War II Drama Series

Nov 15, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Netflix has ordered an innovative World War II animated drama series. The streaming service announced plans for “The Liberator,” a four-part series from A+E Studios, Unique Features, School of Humans and Jeb Stuart.

The series will be the first ever produced in Trioscope Enhanced Hybrid Animation, a new patent-pending technology combining state-of-the-art CGI with live-action performance, which Netflix says brings “an unprecedented level of emotion and fidelity to the animated drama experience.”

The technology was developed by Grzegorz Jonkajtys along with School of Humans’ L.C. Crowley.

The series “tells the riveting true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe,” Netflix says.

The series, created by Jeb Stuart, is based on the book “The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey” by Alex Kershaw.

“The combat drama will follow Sparks and the 157th Infantry Regiment from Oklahoma, a National Guard unit comprised primarily of cowboys, Native Americans and Mexican-Americans, from the Invasion of Italy to the liberation of the concentration camp of Dachau,” Netflix says.

The series is being produced for Netflix by A+E Studios and Unique Features in partnership with Atlanta-based animation studio School of Humans.

The Unique Features executive producers are: Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne (“Lord of the Rings”) and Sarah Victor. The School of Humans executive producers are: L.C. Crowley, Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Brandon Barr, and Mark Apen.

Grzegorz Jonkajtys (“Sin City,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Revenant”) will also direct all four episodes.

Jeb Stuart is creator and writer, and will executive produce through his Real Folk Productions.

Barry Jossen is executive producer for A+E Studios.

Alex Kershaw serves as co-producer.

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