Disney Branded Television and Baobab Studios are developing an all-new animated anthology series for Disney+, THE WITCHVERSE. Each witch-i-sode will comically explore and upend common misconceptions surrounding global witch mythology and lore from a mélange of cultures and perspectives around the world.
Based on the acclaimed, award-winning interactive experience “Baba Yaga,” the story will be is a global celebration of the international cultural phenomena of witches, their magic and their universal connection to nature.
Three-time Emmy Award-winning VR experience and animated short film “Baba Yaga,” which serves as inspiration for “The Witchverse,” is a contemporary portrayal of the Eastern European legend Baba Yaga, an enigmatic witch who uses her powers to stop villagers whose settlement encroaches upon her enchanted forest. The immersive experience is brought to life with illustrative 2D pop-up animation, as well as hand-drawn and stop-motion styles and explores themes of empowerment and environmentalism. “Baba Yaga” will serve as a starting point for episode one of the new series.
Eric Darnell, writer and director of “Baba Yaga,” “Madagascar” and “Antz” and Baobab’s co-founder and chief creative officer, will executive-produce the series.
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THE WITCHVERSE is in development to come to Disney+. An official release date has not yet been announced.