If that trailer doesn’t get you excited – keep reading! City of Ghosts is an adorable gentle family series debuting on Netflix, March 5th, 2021.
I had the honor and privilege to interview Elizabeth Ito this week. Elizabeth is the director and creator of City of Ghosts. She is also a mother (definite awesome pre-requisite for creating a kids show). She is also an Emmy winner for a previous series she created called “Adventure Time”.
After watching the show and meeting Elizabeth Ito, I can totally see her hand in this show. Elizabeth has her own stories and connections with the paranormal. She saw ghosts as a child. She grew up in various multicultural neighborhoods in Los Angeles. She took all of this and her vast experience in animation and created “City of Ghosts”. You can see the passion roll off onto this beautiful piece of media. Each episode gently explores coexisting cultures while celebrating the curious nature of children.
The Animation for City of Ghosts
The animation choices were very interesting! The backgrounds (where you see plants and buildings) looked SO realistic! The CG characters are rounded and cartoonish. The contrast actually really works. The type of CG really make it feel cohesive because the characters are embedded in the environment. The surreal visualization is fantastic, you have to see it to understand!
Best Part of City of Ghosts on Netflix
I just finished watching this show with my children and I highly recommend it. It’s fascinating enough to keep the attention of adults and children. The whimsy is relatable to all ages, making it family friendly. And I really appreciated the fact that it wasn’t loud and overstimulating like some other kids cartoons!
The best parts of the show is that it is visually stunning, not loud or hyper dramatic. City of Ghosts represents stories from so many coexisting cultures in the greater Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Episode Synopsis | City of Ghosts on Netflix
Each episode is based on real interviews with residents of diverse neighborhoods. The members of The Ghost Club (made up of children) help adults learn to be present and communicate respectfully with the ghosts of the past.
I give this show a 10/10, it’s easy for parents and kids to watch it together while exploring multicultural aspects of humanity.
Again, City of Ghosts is an animated family show debuting on Netflix, March 5th, 2021.
See ya on Netflix!
I first learned about this series from the New York International Children’s Film Festival.
Official Website: https://nyicff.org/