Global Witch Lore Shines in THE WITCHVERSE Animated Series

Most of us know some myth about witches. Maybe it’s about warts. Or maybe it’s about dark magic and the rule of three. A new animated series from Baobab Studios and Disney Branded Television will focus on what witch mythology around the globe is like. The Witchverse is an animated anthology series based on Baobab Studios’ award-winning virtual reality experience and short film Baba Yaga. Uh yes, please.

Like many people, we have a curiosity about witches here at Nerdist. We even celebrated Nerdist Witch Week in October with articles exploring pop culture witches, witch tropes, and more. So The Witchverse sounds like it is very much up our alley. The official description says:

The Witchverse is a global celebration of the international cultural phenomena of witches, their magic and their universal connection to nature. Each witch-i-sode will comically explore and upend common misconceptions surrounding global witch mythology and lore from a mélange of cultures and perspectives around the world.

We love to see that they plan to address misconceptions about witches. So much of what people think about witches is simply not true.

A still from The Witchverse animated series with child holding a broom in the face of a chicken foot of Baba Yaga
Disney/Baobab Studios

Co-founder and chief creative officer for Baobab Studios Eric Darnell says, “Disney is the ideal partner to be working with us on one of our most creatively ambitious storytelling endeavors. They uniquely have the ability to create entire new worlds like no one else on this planet, and in this collaboration, ‘Baba Yaga’ has the potential to be a breath of fresh air for everyone who loves fairytales, both young and old, from different cultures.”

The Witchverse is only in development now, so we don’t have a release date yet. The series will air on Disney+.

Amy Ratcliffe is the Managing Editor for Nerdist and the author of A Kid’s Guide to Fandom, available now. Follow her on  Twitter and Instagram.

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