A well-known cartoonist retaliated against Netflix following the cancellation of his programme
Netflix is taking more and more hits as the creator of its most recent axed programme has spoken out against the streaming provider.
Streaming service stated last week that it has cancelled a planned animated series based on Jeff Smith’s Bone graphic book series because of a restructuring of its animation business. This isn’t Netflix’s first time cancelling a planned adaptation of Smith’s iconic comic book series; the project has been in production since 2019.
Clearly, Smith is not happy with the choice. Recently, he has gone to social media in order to express his emotions. Smith tweeted a brief comic strip in reaction to Netflix’s decision to cancel their adaptation of Bone, as well as similar choices from Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. during the course of the year.
On three separate occasions (on Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., and now Netflix), we witness Fone Bone, one of the show’s central characters, attempting to kick a football. As if that weren’t subtle enough, the comic concludes with Fone vowing “never again.”
It’s clear from this comic strip that Smith has no intentions to re-license Bone to a new studio or network. For the time being, it seems that Fone Bone and his cousins’ exploits will be limited to the medium of comic books. With the caption “Sigh,” Smith further demonstrated his displeasure with the situation, making it apparent that he wasn’t happy about it.”
In the wake of the article, Bone fans expressed their disappointment that the show won’t be getting the animated adaption it so clearly deserves. The first 55 issues of the comic book series were published between 1991 and 2004 and have gained a devoted following. In 2010 a Minnesota parent unsuccessfully requested to get Bone removed from all primary school libraries because of its adult themes.
An attack on Netflix’s next cancelled programme in 2022 would only exacerbate the recent storm of criticism the streaming service has been subjected to. To combat the news that Netflix lost members for the first time in almost a decade, the streaming service announced various additional choices, including an ad-supported tier and a crackdown on password sharing, in order to avoid more losses.