WENDELL & WILD, which will debut on Netflix on October 28th.
This is a really fun movie to get you and your family ready for Halloween, but do note that this might be intense for kids younger than 8.
From the delightfully wicked minds of Henry Selick and Jordan Peele, comes Wendell & Wild, an animated tale about scheming demon brothers Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Peele) – who enlist the aid of Kat Elliot – a tough teen with a load of guilt – to summon them to the Land of the Living. But what Kat demands in return leads to a brilliantly bizarre and comedic adventure like no other, an animated fantasy that defies the law of life and death, all told through the handmade artistry of stop motion.
A Note From Director/Writer/Producer Henry Selick)
(Director of Coraline; The Nightmare Before Christmas; James and the Giant Peach)
I was a day-one fan of the Key & Peele show – Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele were the most inventive andside-splittingly funny comedy duo I’d even seen. Afterbeing dazzled for three seasons, I finally reached out to them: Want to work on an animated project with me? They both said sure, and Jordan wanted to meet. I discovered he was a freak for stop-motion animation, my specialty, and wanted to know what project I had in mind. So, I pitched Wendell & Wild, a short story I’d written about two demon brothers, first inspired by my young sons. Jordan liked it, told me how he’d loved animated movies when he was a kid but always wished there was someone who looked himself onscreen in a lead role. He told me about his new company, Monkeypaw Productions, and the sort of stories he wanted to tell. And he wanted to do more than voice a character for Wendell & Wild, he wanted to co-write the screenplay with me and have his company produce it. Well? Yes please, I answered.
In the months, then years that followed, Jordan proved to be the best creative partner I could have asked for – reinventing characters, expanding the story, and inspiring me to push everything further. Now, thanks to the immeasurable efforts of the best and most dedicated stop-motion artists and production team in the world; our amazing cast; the never-flagging support of producers Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Win Rosenfeld plus our execs at Netflix Animation, we’d like to share our movie with you.
(Despite no sex, very little violence, and nothing stronger than damn and hell, our film is rated PG-13. My theory? Our film is so original it scared the bejeebers out of the ratings board.)