Netflix has shared the first look at their adorable film live-action/GC animated hybrid series Lost Ollie, which is based on William Joyce’s children’s book Ollie’s Odyssey.
The series comes from Peter Ramsey, one of the directors of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, and the story follows a ragdoll who searching for the boy who lost him. This image features the lost ragdoll, which is a digital character created by the team at Industrial Light & Magic.
Here’s the synopsis for the film:
In the secret realm of toys, there are many mysteries. There is the Code of the Toys, which is as ancient as childhood. There’s also the magic of becoming a child’s favorite, the highest honor in the Toy World.
Made by hand by Billy’s mother, Ollie is a special toy, “a toy who will matter.” He becomes Billy’s best friend, confidant, pal, and yes, Billy’s “favorite.” But there are villains in the Toy World, and Zozo, the clown king, is the most feared. He and his toy henchman (the Creeps) have sworn to steal and imprison favorite toys until they forget their children and become forever lost.
When Ollie is toynapped, Billy must rescue his beloved favorite from Zozo’s subterranean lair in the old Carnival Place, past the park, through the woods, and into the night.
Ramsey is also an executive producer on the project along with Shawn Levy and Josh Barry through their 21 Laps Entertainment banner. The script for the film comes from Shannon Tindle, who wrote the story for Kubo and the Two Strings.
When talking about the Lost Ollie, Teddy Biaselli, Netflix’s director of young adult and family series, said in a blog post:
“Lost Ollie’ is truly an odyssey about two friends trying to reunite in the face of all the dangers that childhood can throw at them. I love this show because it taps into that well of emotion we all feel when we lose something or someone important to us, and the courage we have to find in ourselves to get it back, or to move on.”
We don’t know when exactly the series will premiere, but it will be sometime in 2020.