Netflix has gotta catch ’em all.
The streamer is teaming up with The Pokémon Company to create “Pokémon Concierge,” an upcoming stop-motion animated series. The series will follow “Haru, a concierge at the Pokémon Resort, and her interactions with Pokémon and their owners who visit as guests,” the logline says.
A short teaser for “Pokémon Concierge,” announced on Monday, Feb. 27, a.k.a. Pokémon Day 2023, showed a blissful, sandy beach with a Psyduck waddling along the shore. “This is the Pokémon Resort. Pokémon are the guests here. Here is the story of the resort’s concierge,” a narrator says. The official poster for the show revealed Haru, a young, red-headed girl in a floral, Hawaiian-style shirt (covered with grass-type Oddishes), with her Psyduck.
“Netflix is looking forward to delighting fans in Japan and around the world with ‘Pokémon Concierge,’ an entirely new visual and storytelling experience featuring ground-breaking stop-motion animation set in the Pokémon world in close collaboration with The Pokémon Company,” said Minyoung Kim, Vice President of Netflix Content in Asia. “We’re also excited to reveal this new series on Pokémon Day and provide fans with even more things to look forward to on this special holiday celebrating the popular franchise.”
“Pokémon Concierge” is produced by Dwarf Studios, which has made Netflix’s family-friendly animated series “My Dad the Bounty Hunter,” “Trash Truck” and Disney+’s “Monsters at Work.”
This isn’t the only “Pokémon” project in the works at Netflix. In 2021, Variety exclusively reported that the streamer is in early development on a live-action “Pokémon” series, from “Lucifer” co-showrunner Joe Henderson. Netflix is the U.S. home for all previous “Pokémon” TV episodes. Part 2 of “Pokémon Ultimate Journey: The Series,” which will say goodbye to lifelong Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum, was added to Netflix on Friday.
Watch the “Pokémon Concierge” teaser below.
More to come…