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Netflix has revealed its plans to create an animated series from the iconic Roald Dahl story universe.

And we are getting all the childhood feels!

Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company jointly announced today that an exclusive new slate of original animated event series will be coming to our Netflix screens.

Novels to be included are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, and many other beloved titles.

“We will bring together the highest quality creative, visual, and writing teams to extend the stories in this first-of-its-kind slate of premium animated event series and specials for audiences of all ages and for families to enjoy together,” Netflix said.

“[We intend] to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.”

Roald’s widow Felicity is fully on board with the project and is excited to continue her husband’s legacy.

“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” she said.

“Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”

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The full list of titles in the agreement are: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy – Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts and Rhyme Stew.

Production on the first of the series is set too begin in 2019, and we can’t wait.

Finally, we can travel back to our favourite worlds with modern cinematography and experience the highlight of nostalgia.


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Another day, another remake.

Roald Dahl's The Witches horrified us as kids, in both book and movie form.

Now the film version is being remade, because that's what Hollywood does nowadays.

According to Variety, Robert Zemeckis is in final talks to direct the upcoming project.


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You're doubtless familiar with works Robert has directed – from Forrest Gump to Romancing the Stone to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

While we definitely have remake fatigue, it's fair to say that this one is in capable hands with the famed filmmaker (no one can ever outshine Anjelica Huston, though).

He's penning the script with his co-writer Jack Rapke as well as Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth).

These writing and directing creds are impressive, but the 90s classic will always be a terrifyingly good time in our eyes.


Before there was The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Jacqueline Wilson or even the Goosebumps series, there were Roald Dahl's classics.

The iconic children's author passed away in 1990, but his legacy is remembered on this day every year (and everyday, when a child opens one of his books for the first time).

To celebrate Roald Dahl day, we here at SHEmazing HQ reflected on our experience with reading the works of the whimsical author:


'The Twits was and is still my favourite.'

'I remember thinking it was hilarious as a kid when my dad read it to me. Now reading it to my son he thinks it's gas.'

'Quentin Blake's illustrations made me want to be an illustrator… they still do,' Kate Dwyer, Senior Graphic Designer

'My mantra in life:'


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'Roald Dahl was the first author I fell in love with as a child. I got a five-book collection one Christmas when I was about 6 or 7, and was practically slobbering at the thought of getting my hands on his other ones.'

'I had been reading books set in the English countryside by the likes of Enid Blyton and while I had always enjoyed them, the edge in Roald Dahl's writing was so much more engaging. Knowing my parents would laugh out loud at certain passages in his books bridged a gap between myself and the older generation.'

'His irreverent approach to children's literature was so left-field, I literally became obsessed. In fact, I inadvertently elevated him to the realm of the mythical, so when I was shown a photo of a normal looking, grey-haired man one day and told it was Roald Dahl, I was dumbfounded. '

'I couldn't believe pages upon pages of magic had been created by this oul lad, and it probably made me all the more appreciative of his writing.' – Niamh McClelland, SHEmazing Editor


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 'I loved all the books but I had a particular soft spot for Danny the Champion of the world. I loved how close the dad and son were, it was really cute.'

'They had so many adventures together and it wasn't a conventional parent-child relationship.' – Edel Hughes, MummyPages journalist.


'As kids, we used to read all of the Roald Dahl books – they were my fave!'

'I personally loved The Twits and George's Marvellous Medicine.'

'The books were just so descriptive and full of mischief! And I just loved the imagery as a kid!' 

'We have actually dug the books out of the attic to start reading them to my five year old niece.' Niamh Maher, Digital Marketing Executive


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'I loved The Twits – mostly fascinated about their dirty beards. I used to stare at other peoples beards as a child in disgust.'

'Witches scared the life out of me – especially when they removed their wigs, and every little girl wanted to be Matilda with her superpowers.' – Amanda Cassidy, MummyPages Editor


'I always felt I knew a Roald Dahl book would be an adventure. He had a unique way of creating a different world and reading his books allowed me to be part of it.'

'The books were always very easy for me to read  and I can't remember a time when I didn't race through his books, totally engrossed in the story.'

'I look forward to a day when I have my own kids and can get swept up into Roald Dahl's world all over again.'

'My three favourite books were George's Marvellous Medicine, James and the Giant Peach and The BFG.' – Alannah O'Sullivan, Client Services Executive


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'I was always obsessed with reading as a child, I was the kind of kid who had to be told every night that it was rude to read at the dinner table.'

'I remember getting my first block of Dahl's books, all pastel coloured in their thick yellow sleeve, and devouring them all in the space of a week. I perused that pale yellow box of books that I kept on my windowsill for many years, always going back to my firm favourites The Witches and Boy: Tales of Childhood.'

'Dahl's work was unique compared to the work of most children's writers, and the quaint manner in which the startling tales were told kept me hooked through every paragraph.' 

'Seeing as I was born in 1994, Dahl had already passed by the time I was old enough to clutch one of his illustrated novels in my sticky paws, but his books will remain completely timeless as parents pass their dusty, sun bleached yellow boxes down to their own children (and maybe have a sneaky read of The BFG every now and again).' – Sarah Magliocco, SHEmazing journalist



At this stage, a good 50 percent of articles online are telling us that we've all been doing basic tasks wrong our whole lives and pronouncing words incorrectly, too.

Let's be honest, most of it is BS, but this one has taken us by surprise.

You're not alone if you were a major fan of Roald Dahl's books when you were a kid, but apparently, we've been pronouncing his name wrong for years.

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His name is Norwegian, and for fans that have been saying Ronald like 'Row-ald' or 'Roh-ld', it couldn't be more different.

In a video that has surfaced online from 1961, Roald is seen hosting a TV show called Way Out, and in the intro his name is said like this:

Surprised? It's actually pronounced 'Roo-al'.

The author was born in Cardiff, Wales, to Norwegian parents, however, both ways of saying his name have been accepted over time.



Roald Dahl's stories are something we'll always remember from our childhood. But, one of our all-time favourite's is making its way onto the big screen.

The BFG tells the story of a little girl who meets a Big Friendly Giant, and he shows her all the wonders of Giant Country. At 24-feet tall, with enormous ears and a strong sense of smell, the giant keeps to himself for the most part… Until Sophie comes along.

With Steven Spielberg directing the flick, we can only imagine the wonder and amusement of the movie. And no matter how old we are, we can't wait for the film to bring us back to our childhood.

The BFG debuts in Ireland on July 22, but for now here's the trailer (eeek!).



Hollywood’s biggest director, Steven Spielberg, will direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The BFG.

The story follows a little girl who leads a big, friendly giant on a journey to stop the fiercer man-eating giants from gobbling children.

DreamWorks acquired rights in 2010, and Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg on ET , will pen the script.

Frank Marshall will produce, with Michael Siegel and John Madden on board as executive producers.

Madden was originally set to direct The BFG but is instead focusing on the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Spielberg will begin production in first quarter of 2015, with a planned 2016 release.

The BFG  has enchanted families and their children for more than three decades. We are honored that the Roald Dahl estate has entrusted us with this classic story,” said the director.

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