Disney Branded TV has partnered with international animation house Baobab Studios to develop The Witchverse for Disney+, a new animated anthology series based on the latter’s interactive experience Baba Yaga.
Eric Darnell, Baobab’s co-founder and CCO, and writer and director of Baba Yaga, Madagascar and Antz, is attached to exec produce the series.
The Witchverse is described as a global celebration of the international cultural phenomena of witches, their magic and their universal connection to nature.
Each episode will comically explore and upend common misconceptions surrounding global witch mythology and lore from cultures and perspectives around the world.
The VR experience and animated short film Baba Yaga, which serves as inspiration for The Witchverse, is a contemporary portrayal of the Eastern European legendary figure of the same name, an enigmatic witch who uses her powers to stop villagers whose settlement encroaches upon her enchanted forest.
Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, said, “We’re inspired by Baobab’s bold creative vision that redefines, deepens and expands storytelling about witches in a way that is transformative and entertaining and filled with humour and heart.”