Vancouver’s Bardel strengthens Netflix ties

The animation service provider has partnered with Wonderstorm to produce The Dragon Prince for the SVOD.

Vancouver animation studio Bardel Entertainment is continuing to expand its relationship with Netflix, partnering with L.A.’s Wonderstorm to produce The Dragon Prince for the streamer.

Season one (9 x 30 minutes) launches today on the global streamer and tells the story of two princes who form an unlikely friendship with an elven assassin who is sent to kill them. The project is a 3D CG animated show with 2D traditional hand-drawn backgrounds. It’s created by Aaron Ehasz and directed by Giancarlo Volpe.

Bardel has previously provided animation services on a number of Netflix originals via a deal with DreamWorks. Under that agreement, Bardel signed on to animate four DreamWorks series: Veggie Tales, Puss in Boots, DinoTrux and All Hail King JulienBardel’s other recent credits include the 30-part TV series Angry Birds Blues. 

B.C.-based service animation studio Bardel was acquired by Italy-headquartered producer and distributor Rainbow in 2015. In July of this year, Rainbow appointed Rick Mischel as the CEO. At the time it also revealed that Bardel founders Delna Bhesania and Barry Ward would exit the company this year.