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The Upside Down Goes Animated in Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Spin-off Series

Stranger Things‘ upside-down world is getting bigger and a tad bit cartoony. While Season 5 of the iconic series might’ve wrapped things for good, Netflix has plenty more Vecna stories left to tell. The streaming giant is expanding the franchise in a big way by announcing an animated Stranger Things TV series that will be set in Hawkins, Indiana, just like the original show. Unsurprisingly enough, details surrounding the latest spin-off remain scarce; however, Netflix did tease a few things to get the hype train started.

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For starters, Glitch Techs and Fanboy & Chum Chum creator Eric Robles and Flying Bark Productions are developing the animated series, with Stranger Things creators the Duffer brothers executive producing the new project via their Upside Down Pictures production banner, along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via 21 Laps. With no plot details to go with, it remains unclear what the animated series will focus on and whether any of the previous characters will be back for the ride.

While talking to Netflix TUDUM, Matt and Ross Duffer slyly hinted at the general tone of the show, saying, “We’ve always dreamed of an animated Stranger Things in the vein of the Saturday morning cartoons that we grew up loving, and to see this dream realized has been absolutely thrilling.” The duo further went on to add, “We couldn’t be more blown away by what Eric Robles and his team have come up with — the scripts and artwork are incredible, and we can’t wait to share more with you! The adventure continues.”

Netflix’s Stranger Things has turned out to be a global phenomenon and a chart-topping original banger for the streamer ever since its debut. So it’s natural that Netflix would want to tell new stories within the world that will help grow the IP and the fanbase. Netflix has plenty of things in the pipeline and had previously revealed its plans for a live-action spinoff series and a prequel stage show that’s going to debut on London’s West End sometime in late 2023. There’s even apparently a Stranger Things VR game coming out later this year. Check it out below.

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