Created byJim Cooper
Jeff Dixon[1]
Voices of
ComposerJesi Oklee Nelson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producersJim Cooper
Jeff Dixon
John Krasinski
ProducerLeo Riley
Production companiesDreamWorks Animation Television
Sunday Night Productions
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27) –

Curses! is an adventure streaming television series produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and Apple TV+.[2][3]


When a family curse turned Alex Vanderhouven to stone, it's up to his two kids and wife to return all the artifacts stolen by their ancestors to their rightful homes to finally lift the curse for good.[4][5]

Cast and characters


Series overview
SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110[8]October 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)

Season 1 (2023)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Restricted Wing"Leo RileyJim Cooper & Jeff DixonOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
When Alex doesn't return from a family game of hide-and-seek, secrets are revealed about the Vanderhouvens' past, present and future.
22"The Golden Baboon Head"Daniel LafranceJim Cooper & Jeff DixonOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
Pandora, Russ and Sky befriend two unlikely allies while racing against time to capture a creature on the loose in the manor.
33"The Baboon Temple"Leo RileyJim Cooper & Jeff DixonOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
The Vanderhouvens leave home to search for answers about a cursed artifact from the Congo. But upon arrival, they face unexpected mayhem.
44"The Olmec Babies"Daniel LafranceJim Cooper & Jeff DixonOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
When three fertility statues come to life, it's up to Russ, Pandora and Sky to reunite them with their "mother" on display at the Paxton Museum.
55"The Scryer Bowl"Daniel LafranceKhaila AmazanOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
The Vanderhouvens discover a possible way to contact Alex. But chaos ensues-and Stanley gets caught in the center of it.
66"The Japanese Painting"Daniel LafranceDimitry PompéeOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
Russ, Sky, Stanley and Larry navigate a new crisis after Pandora is sucked into a work of art and surrounded by sinister spirits.
77"The Celtic Cloak"George GipsonAmi BoghaniOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
The Vanderhouvens travel to a stormy Scottish island and cross paths with a puzzling local. Larry and Stanley put their map-making skills to the test.
88"The Memory Box"Daniel LafranceJim Cooper & Jeff DixonOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
In order to get closer to saving Alex, the family must dig into the memories of Cornelius Vanderhouven.
99"The Aztec Necklace"Daniel LafranceAmi BoghaniOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
Pandora, Russ and Sky head to the jungles of the Yucatan in search of a powerful witch believed to be in possession of a protective amulet.
1010"The Ruby Hourglass & the Obsidian Sphere"George GipsonDimitry PompéeOctober 27, 2023 (2023-10-27)
A major challenge pushes the Vanderhouvens to their limits. Can they overcome the impossible and finally bring Alex back?


On September 15, 2023, it was announced that Apple TV+ had ordered an animated series from DreamWorks Animation Television.[9] Apple TV+ announced a fun-filled autumn slate of all-new kids and family programming, featuring both CG and stop-motion animation.[10] The first season consists of ten episodes each with 23 minutes.

The family-oriented series was created and executive produced by Jim Cooper (DreamWorks Dragons) and Jeff Dixon (The Hurricane Heist). John Krasinski (A Quiet Place Parts I & II) also serves as executive producer and Allyson Seeger (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) as co-executive producer. Leo Riley (Guardians of the Galaxy, Tron: Uprising) is the supervising producer, with Chris Copeland (Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts) and Justin Copeland (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines) serving as creative consultants.[11]


Critical reception

In a review by Brian Kitson for The Cosmic Circus, he said (in his own words) "It’s clear that this series is aimed at a younger audience, so the utilization of this formula makes perfect sense. It’s easily accessible to children, for which predictability is important for better engagement. But as an adult, I didn’t feel tired of the series, in fact, and perhaps in spite of it, I loved every episode of this series. Whatever those behind the Curses! is doing, it’s definitely working, as they have another hit on their hands".[12]

Another review by Sam Stone at said "It's a solid tonal mix between Indiana Jones and The Real Ghostbusters. And for those looking for a spooky show to share with the whole family this Halloween, Curses! certainly, fits the bill as Apple TV+ continues to expand its original animated and young audience-oriented programming".[13]

In AWN by Jeff Dixon, “As a massive fan of these EC Comics, I almost yelled at them to get out of my head! We knew we were onto something, but it was quite different from anything DreamWorks had ever done before. It was completely untested and very different from DreamWorks’ normal ‘house style.’ We had to break and alter long-existing pipelines, and DWA not only allowed us but was excited about the potential. They were amazing in allowing us to take some serious chances with brand new styles that were totally original for the company. I will eternally hold them in the highest regard for that.”

"This first season has everything – adventures around the world, frightening journeys into unknown caverns, scares you won’t see coming, mysterious characters from around the globe, dangers lurking around every corner, suspense not normally seen in children’s animation, and a creepy atmosphere that is unlike anything you’ve experienced. And a whole bunch of laughs, heart, and emotion as well."[14]

Awards and nominations

The show is nominated for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children for the episode "The Baboon Temple" at the 51st Annie Awards.[15]


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  2. ^ "Apple TV+ Orders DreamWorks Animation Series 'Curses'; Sets 'Interrupting Chicken' Season 2 Premiere & 'Shape Island' Halloween Special (EXCLUSIVE)". September 14, 2023.
  3. ^ "Spooky Series 'Curses!' Leads Apple TV+'s Kid-Centric Programming Slate". September 15, 2023.
  4. ^ Graeber, Laurel (October 26, 2023). "This Kids' Show Is 'Indiana Jones in Reverse'". The New York Retrieved October 28, 2023.
  5. ^ "'Curses!' — How a family joke sparked an all-ages horror animated series". October 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Trailer: DreamWorks' 'Curses!' Unleashes Occult Thrills on Apple TV+". October 16, 2023.
  7. ^ "Apple TV+ reveals the trailer for spooky adventure series, "CURSES!" from DreamWorks Animation, premiering October 27". Apple TV+ Press. October 11, 2023.
  8. ^ "Apple TV+".
  9. ^ Debbie Diamond Sarto (September 15, 2023). "Apple TV+ Reveals Kids and Family Autumn Animation Slate".
  10. ^ "Apple TV+ Kicks Off Fall Kids' Slate with Spooky Adventure 'Curses!'". Animation September 14, 2023.
  11. ^ "Get In The Halloween Spirit With Curses! On Apple TV+!".
  12. ^ "'Curses!' Review: Another Win for DreamWorks Animation". October 27, 2023.
  13. ^ "REVIEW: Curses! Provides Audiences with a Family-Friendly Haunted Adventure". October 26, 2023.
  14. ^ "'Curses!' Blends Horror, Comedy, and Action with a Dad Turned to Stone". October 27, 2023.
  15. ^ Flores, Terry (January 11, 2024). "'Nimona' Leads Annie Awards Animated Feature Competition' 'Wish' Snubbed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 12, 2024.