Always looking for a variety of content to add to its ever-growing repertoire, Netflix has its fingers in the pie. From documentaries, adult TV shows and cartoons to children’s feature films and cartoons, there’s no area where they fall short. True to its tradition of expansion, Netflix released the children’s animated series Hilda in 2018, which received critical acclaim. The series tells the story of a little girl, the eponymous Hilda, who lives with her mother in a small hut in the woods. Hilda has a pet fox named Twig who accompanies her and her friends David and Frida on numerous adventures after Hilda and her mother move to the busy town of Trolberg. Interestingly, Trolberg is surrounded by high walls to keep the trolls out. In this realm, trolls tend to be troublesome creatures that sometimes come alive when night falls.
Hilda is a series that has been designed with great attention to detail. The characters, animation and lyrics are all top notch. The stories surrounding Hilda and her friends are full of mysteries strong enough to draw you into the series. There is a lot of imagination and creativity behind creating the universe in which we find this story about this little girl. If you liked Hilda, you should also watch other series. You can watch many of these series like Hilda on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
7. The Hollow (2018-)
One of the coolest Netflix animated series you’ve ever seen, The Hollow tells the story of a trio – Adam, Kai and Mira, three teenage friends. The series begins with them waking up in a room with no memory of who they are or how they even got here. As they set out, they find themselves in a deep forest and even come across a character they begin to call Weird Guy. The trio soon discover that they are endowed with superpowers and must use them to get themselves out of certain situations in the woods. Only after numerous such stages, Adam comes to the conclusion that they must be part of a virtual reality game. The series is brilliantly written, and the three main characters are not only standard characters, but also very nuanced and originally written. Their complex relationships are well beyond the scope of a children’s cartoon series.
6. Legend Of Korra (2012-2014)
‘Legend of Korra’ is actually the sequel to the animated series ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’. The series revolves around the character of the same name, a girl with super powers, which she gets from the elements of fire, water, earth and air. Korra’s job is to protect the city of the Republic from any evildoers who might harm the city in any way. The series is not just a fantasy story about a super-powered girl, but is peppered with political and social commentary that make it far more than a simple children’s show. Having said that, it has to be said that the series is quite entertaining and even if kids don’t understand the subtextual references, it won’t stop them from enjoying the story.
5. The Dragon Prince (2018-)
Developed by Aaron Ehasz, The Dragon Prince series is set in a mythical land called Xadia. In this land there is a coexistence between humans and other magical creatures like dragons and elves. While these magical beings draw their powers from the natural elements of sun, moon, stars, earth, sky and ocean, humans do not possess these powers. Therefore, humans begin using dark magic, for which they need the life essence of dragons and other magical beings. This creates a conflict between the two populations of Xadia that lasts for about 1200 years until the prince of humans decides to return a valuable item of the Dragon King that the humans had stolen. The story of The Dragon Prince is truly compelling and will have you hooked into the series in no time. In addition to being entertaining, the story has a clear social commentary in which the conflict between the humans and the magical creatures can be seen as racial tensions that we experience all over the world. Not only children, but viewers of all ages will get a lot out of this series.
4. Carmen Sandiego (2019-)
Carmen Sandiego is a story about a modern day female Robin Hood and follows the adventures of the eponymous character, a young, world-travelling crimefighter. Carmen’s declared enemy is the international criminal organization VI.LE (Villains’ International League of Evil). Carmen plans to use the funds from the VI.LE and distribute them to those in need. In her quest for justice, Carmen has the Hacker Player and two assistants working for her – Zack and Ivy. Operating outside the bounds of the law, Carmen is also considered a villain by the authorities, making her job even more difficult. This series has been described as edutainment for kids because not only can they have fun watching it, but they can also learn a lot of important things in the process. Brilliantly designed and written, this is an anime series not to be missed.
3.Gravity Falls (2012-2016)
The Disney Production Gravity Falls is a series directed by Alex Hirsch that follows the adventures of twins Dipper and Mabel Pines. The story begins during summer vacation when the two are sent to live with their uncle for a while. Her uncle lives in a town called Gravity Falls, which is full of mysteries and where nothing is as it seems. One fine day, Dipper stumbles across a journal in the woods that clears up some of the doubts he and Mabel had about the town. Eventually, they make friends and embark on adventures to find out the things they were able to glean from the journal. A heartwarming tale of fun and adventure, Gravity Falls is a series that kids are guaranteed to enjoy. There are elements of fun and joy in the series, coupled with a brilliant storytelling that will no doubt captivate children.
2. Over The Garden Wall (2014)
The 10-episode Cartoon Network miniseries Over The Garden Wall is a series created by Patrick McHale. The series tells the story of two half brothers who get lost in a forest called The Unknown. You must get out of this forest by any means necessary. The only help they get is an older man named Woodsman and a bird named Beatrice. The bird thinks that if she manages to find this woman named Adelaide in the forest, she can break the curse and send the boys home. The best thing about the series is its characters. The two brothers, Wirt and Greg, are well-written characters, each with their own quirks. The series also includes folk and fairy tale elements. It has been so loved by viewers around the world that some have called it one of the best Cartoon Network shows of all time.
1. Disenchantment (2018-)
One of the best animated series you can find on Netflix is Disenchantment, a series created by Matt Groening, known for such iconic series as The Simpsons and Futurama. The story of Disenchantment takes place in a medieval kingdom that is basically in ruins. This kingdom is called Dreamland and our main character is Bean, the princess of this kingdom. As companions, Bean has a personal devil named Luci and an elf named Elfo. During their daily adventures, the trio encounter magical creatures and have strange encounters with them. Interestingly, Bean is not one of the shy princesses found in most fairy tales. She is a spirited person who loves her liquor. The series is extremely funny, awe-inspiring, and has a sense of humor not found in many animated series. The concept is great, the characters are intriguing, and overall it’s a thoroughly enjoyable film!