6 Animated Shows We Don’t Want Netflix to Cancel Next
Netflix is losing subscribers and scrambling to cut costs. Will these animated shows get the ax?
It’s that time of year again: temperatures are getting warmer, pollen is making the air inhospitable, and fans are taking to Twitter to beg for the futures of their favorite shows.
Netflix is pulling the plug on some original animated content. In addition to layoffs across the company,1 Netflix announced it was canceling several upcoming animated shows that were already in production, including Bone, The Twits, Toil and Trouble, Pearl, Dino Daycare, and Boons and Curses.2,3
It’s clear that Netflix is trying to cut costs. But the increasing rate of show cancellations, combined with rumors of ad-supported plans and anti-password-sharing measures, are making customers think twice about renewing their subscriptions.
Here are six animated shows whose cancellations would make us bail on Netflix.
So far, Netflix’s cancellations have been focused on Kids & Family animated titles, not adult animation, so Inside Job and other mature series might be safe. However, adult animation as a medium has always struggled to be taken seriously in the US.
Inside Job is often lauded as “Gravity Falls for adults,” although we’d argue that Gravity Falls can be for adults, too. But Disney made only two seasons of Gravity Falls, and although we know that Inside Job will likely return for another ten episodes (which could be considered “Part 2” of season one, considering how weird Netflix is about its episode orders), we don’t know what the future will look like for the show after that. We’ll be very disappointed if Inside Job is next on the chopping block.
Since Disenchantment is another adult animated show, it’s uncertain whether Netflix’s animation purge will affect it. Following in the footsteps of Futurama, the Matt Groening-produced show leans into genre tropes of fantasy and science fiction to balance a show with equal parts heart and goofiness.
The show has already released four parts (or technically, two episode orders—we told you Netflix was weird about that, right?) but we don’t know whether the show is still a priority for Netflix. It deserves to have at least one more episode order to wrap things up, but for now we’ll have to wait and see.
Q-Force’s future might be the bleakest of any title on this list. The LGBTQ+ spy comedy received a lot of backlash before the show even premiered thanks to a sloppy teaser trailer. When Netflix later released a better trailer (as shown here—don’t worry, we wouldn’t subject you to the earlier one), the damage had already been done.
But Q-Force turned out to be a decent show, despite its mere 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a plot about queer characters overcoming discrimination in a straight-male dominated government organization. It’d be a shame if Netflix treated its renewal the same way the antagonists in the show treated the titular team.
Technically, Netflix doesn’t produce Scissor Seven; they only dub and distribute it. So if the streaming giant is looking to cut costs, it’s probably safe. But we’d be lying if we said we wouldn’t be devastated if, for some reason, this show ended before its time.
It’s hard to pin down Scissor Seven. Sometimes, it’s a lighthearted comedy about a hairdresser fumbling his way through a series of failed assassinations while befriending a talking chicken. Other times, it’s a serious story where the melodrama is as high as the stakes. We’re too invested in this show for them to quit on it now.
Arcane is such a remarkable show, it’s easy to forget that it’s a League of Legends tie-in. It’s produced by Riot Games and not animated in-house by Netflix, but that’s probably a good thing, considering the vast amounts of money it costs to produce each episode. It’s probably safe from Netflix’s whims.
It also takes a long time to produce each season, but we’re willing to wait another six years as long as we find out what happens after that, er, explosive season one finale.
Untitled Castlevania Spinoff
Speaking of stellar video game adaptations, remember Castlevania? The vampire action-drama aired for four seasons to critical acclaim, and it seemed like the birth of a new multi-series franchise. But Netflix has been silent about the title’s future since the original show’s cancellation in 2021.
Netflix originally hinted that it was planning a spin-off but kept the details close to its chest. Is it going to be a prequel? A sequel? Will we ever find out what was happening in the Infinite Corridor? Let’s just hope this series has an easier time navigating its way out of development hell than the characters in the show.
- Rebecca Alter, Vulture, “Netflix Has Laid Off at Least Ten Journalists From Editorial Site Tudum,” April 2022. Accessed May 4, 2022.
- Ryan Leston, IGN, “Netflix is Slashing Animation Amid Subscriber Drops,” April 2022. Accessed May 4, 2022.
- Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, “Netflix Shuts Down 2 Animated Kids’ Series,” April 2022. Accessed May 4, 2022.