BB Media Study: Animated Streaming Content Not Just for Kids

In the second quarter of 2023, in the regions of APAC (Asia Pacific), LATAM (Latin America) and UCAN (United States and Canada), teenagers and young adults aged 16 to 24 — just outside the more traditionally associated age range for watching cartoons — were the ones who most considered animation among their preferred genres for streaming content, according to a report by BB Media analyst Gonzalo Martins.

Gonzalo Martins

Specifically in UCAN, this group represented 47%, followed by the 25 to 34 age group with 37%. The exception was in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), where adults aged 25 to 34 were the ones who most chose the genre, at 32%. 

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However, those aged 55 and older continue to be a significant part of the animation audience, with 26% in Latin America and 16% of respondents in APAC. In this region, anime is a separate category, showing an 11% penetration in the same age group.

BB Media analyzed the most in demand series (both for anime and animation) and found that several are targeted at an adult or teenage audience. Titles such as “One Piece” and “Jujutsu Kaisen” cater to a younger audience with violent content and mature themes, while the long-running series “The Simpsons” and “South Park” are known for adult humor.

‘South Park: Joining the Panderverse’ Special to Stream on Paramount+ Starting Oct. 27

Paramount+ has announced that the service’s next “South Park” exclusive special, South Park: Joining the Panderverse, premieres Oct. 27 in the United States and Canada, and Oct. 28 in the United Kingdom and Australia, with further international markets to follow.

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In South Park: Joining the Panderverse, Cartman’s deeply disturbing dreams portend the end of the life he knows and loves. The adults in South Park are also wrestling with their own life decisions as the advent of AI is turning their world upside down.

The first four “South Park” exclusive events — South Park: Post Covid, South Park: Post Covid: The Return of Covid, South Park: The Streaming Wars and South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2 — are available to stream exclusively on Paramount+.

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In 2022, the “South Park” series celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Aug. 13, 1997, debut on Comedy Central. “South Park” has been renewed on Comedy Central through 2027, taking cable’s longest-running scripted series through a 30th season.

 

‘South Park: The Streaming Wars’ Due on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 7

South Park: The Streaming Wars arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Both part one and part two of the made-for-streaming movie will now be available alongside the Emmy-winning series, which has sold over 12 million DVDs and Blu-rays to date, according to Paramount.              

In South Park: The Streaming Wars, Cartman locks horns with his mom in a battle of wills, while an epic conflict unfolds and threatens South Park’s very existence. In part two, a drought has brought the town of South Park to the brink of disaster.

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South Park: The Streaming Wars features the voices of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Mona Marshall (“Blue Exorcist”), April Stewart (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol) and Jennifer Howell (“Bob’s Burgers”).

Season 26 of ‘South Park’ Headed to DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 7

South Park: The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The newest season of the Emmy Award-winning animated series includes six new episodes.  

In the season, Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny learn the wonders of Japanese toilets, grapple with latest developments in A.I. technology, re-open an iconic Colorado restaurant, and meet a couple who feel the need to share the importance of their Privacy with the world. 

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The season features the voices of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Mona Marshall (“Blue Exorcist”), April Stewart (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol) and Jennifer Howell (“Bob’s Burgers”).

Update (9/19/23): Edited to reflect street date change from Sept. 12 to Nov. 7

Animated ‘Clone High’ Streaming on Max Starting May 23

The Max Original animated series “Clone High” will start streaming on Max (formerly HBO Max) with two episodes May 23.

Two new episodes will debut each Thursday starting June 1 leading up to the final two episodes on June 22.
 
A modern refresh of the 2002-03 series of the same name, “Clone High” follows a high school for clones of the greatest minds in history. Twenty years after the original experiment was put on ice, Joan, JFK, Abe and Cleo have been thawed out to resume school with their new clone classmates — all while navigating a new set of cultural norms and overly dramatic teen relationships. 

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Returning stars include Will Forte as Abe and Nicole Sullivan as Joan; executive producers Phil Lord as Scudworth and Chris Miller as JFK and Mr. B; Christa Miller voicing Candide Sampson; Donald Faison as George Washington Carver; and Judah Miller as Scangrade. New voice actors joining the cast include Ayo Edebiri as Harriet; Mitra Jouhari as Cleo; Vicci Martinez as Frida; Kelvin Yu as Confucius; Neil Casey as Topher Bus; Jana Schmieding as Sacagawea; Sam Richardson as Wesley; Mo Gaffney as Ms. Grumbles; Al Madrigal as Frederico; Danny Pudi as Dr. Neelankavil; Emily Maya Mills as Ethel Merman; Michael Bolton as Michael Bolton, Mandy Moore as Mandy Moore, Ian Ziering as Ian Ziering; Steve Kerr as Steve Kerr; and Jeffrey Muller, Kyle Lau, Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider.

 

Season One of ‘Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head’ Plus Original Movie Due on DVD March 14

Season one of Paramount+’s adult animation series “Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head” arrives on DVD March 14 in a  three-disc collection that includes all 12 episodes and the Paramount+ original movie Beavis & Butt-Head Do the Universe.
 
In the series brought back by creator Mike Judge nearing their 30th anniversary, America’s favorite culture critics now have more than just music videos to make fun of. Reality TV, the internet, and mixed martial arts cross their TV screen. 

In the movie Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, Beavis and Butt-Head go on a Space Shuttle mission in 1998, fall into a black hole, and reemerge on Earth in 2022, where they are pursued by the NSA, the Governor of Texas, and a highly-intelligent version of themselves from a parallel universe. 

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The series features the voices of creator Mike Judge (“King of the Hill”), Piotr Michael (Lightyear), as well as Chris Diamantopoulos (The Three Stooges), Kosha Patel (“The Newsroom”), Jayden Libran (“The Happytime Murders”), Mary Birdsong (“Succession”), Brian Huskey (“Veep”), Tru Valentino (“The Rookie”), Ally Maki (“Wrecked”) and Toks Olagundoye (“Castle”).

Spanish Adult Animated Feature ‘Unicorn Wars’ Available on Demand March 10

GKIDS will release Unicorn Wars, a Spanish, genre-bending animated feature for adults from Goya and director Alberto Vásquez (Birdboy: The Forgotten Children), for limited theatrical release and on demand March 10.

The technicolor horror-comedy was featured in competition at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and was an official selection at BFI London, Animation Is Film, and Fantastic Fest.

The film uses an outrageous candy-colored premise to explore religious zealotry, the tortured legacies of military fascism and the depths of the soul. In the plot, for ages, teddy bears have been locked in an ancestral war against their sworn enemy the unicorns with the promise that victory will complete the prophecy and usher in a new era. Aggressive, confident teddy bear Bluet and his sensitive, withdrawn brother Tubby could not be more different. As the rigors and humiliation of teddy bear bootcamp turn to the psychedelic horrors of a combat tour in the Magic Forest, their complicated history and increasingly strained relationship will come to determine the fate of the entire war.

Unicorn Wars marks the next collaboration between GKIDS and Alberto Vázquez, following GKIDS’ local distribution of the Goya Award-winning feature Birdboy: The Forgotten Children and the short film “Decorado.” 

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HBO Max to Debut ‘Harley Quinn’ Valentine’s Day Special

HBO Max has announced an upcoming special for the Max Original adult animated series “Harley Quinn” called Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine’s Day Special.

Debuting on HBO Max in February 2023, the special will feature Harley and Ivy celebrating their very first Valentine’s Day together, while also revealing how the rest of the ragtag crew spends the gushiest, mushiest, most romantic day of the year.
 
The voice cast includes Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Matt Oberg, James Wolk, Natalie Morales, Chris Diamantopoulos, James Adomian, Jim Rash, Vanessa Marshall , Janet Varney, Rachel Dratch, Leila Birch, Tyler James Williams, Josh Helman, Casey Wilson, Michael Ironside and others. 

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Based on characters from DC, the special is produced by Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions and Yes, Norman Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Executive Producers are Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Dean Lorey, Jennifer Coyle, Kaley Cuoco and Sam Register.

HBO Max Renews Animated Series ‘Harley Quinn’ For Fourth Season

HBO Max Aug. 31 announced it has renewed original adult-aimed animated series “Harley Quinn,” featuring the lead voice of Kaley Cuoco, for a fourth season, ahead of the season three finale on Sept. 15.

Sarah Peters (“Workaholics,” “Master of None,” “Nathan for You”), who has written on the series since season one and currently serves as consulting producer, will be elevated to executive producer and serve as showrunner for season four.

In the current season three, Quinn and Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) wrap up their “Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour” and return to Gotham as the new power couple of DC villainy. Along with their ragtag crew — King Shark (Ron Funches), Clayface (Alan Tudyk), Frank the Plant (JB Smoove) — “Harlivy” strives to become the best version of themselves while also working towards Ivy’s long desired plan of transforming Gotham into an Eden paradise.

“Patrick Schumacker, Justin Halpern and their incredible team of artists and writers have created something so explosively funny and original, we are thrilled to continue this journey with them,” Billy Wee, SVP of comedy and animation for HBO Max, said in a statement.

Based on characters from DC, “Harley Quinn” is produced by Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions and Yes, Norman Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation. The series was developed by Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey. Executive Producers are Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Kaley Cuoco, Sam Register, Jessica Goldstein and Chrissy Pietrosh.

“Three seasons down and I can’t even begin to think about the new levels of chaos and trouble that Harley, Ivy and the gang can get into with a fourth season,” Peter Girardi, EVP of alternative programming for Warner Bros. Animation, said in a statement.

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Tubi Greenlights Adult Animated Comedy ‘Breaking Bear’

Tubi, Fox Entertainment’s ad-supported VOD platform, Aug. 15 announced that it has greenlighted the adult animated series “Breaking Bear,” parodying the tropes of mobster dramas, comically combining elements of Yogi Bear with “The Sopranos.”

The series follows the escapades of three bear siblings who decide they have to start selling drugs in order to raise money and save their home after gas companies start fracking next to their cave. The bears soon enlist other forest animals in a scheme that will pit them against oil companies, The Russian Mafia, local Hell’s Angels and polar bears who hate anything that isn’t white.

“When Cartel Entertainment [“Creepshow,” “Twelve Forever,” and “Day of the Dead”] pitched the series with cartoon animals as mobsters, I knew it was an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Adam Lewinson, chief content officer at Tubi, said in a statement. “This is the perfect project to expand our adult animation offering after the stellar success of ‘The Freak Brothers.'”

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Tubi continues to expand its adult animation collection, with both library and original animated content for the platform. In May, three new made-for-Tubi movies from Fox’s animation house, Bento Box Entertainment, were announced as Tubi Originals, including: Pastacolypse, from “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” co-creator Matthew Maiellaro; Millennial Hunter, from comedian and actor Sam Taggart; and Big Bruh from writer, stand-up comic and Duncanville co-producer Jerron Horton.

Tubi’s adult animation offering also includes library titles such as “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” “The PJs,” “SuperMansion,” “Brickleberry,” “Kevin Smith: Smodimations,” “Alien News Desk,” “Nerdland” and more.

“Breaking Bear” is executive produced by Tom DeLonge (“Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker”), Stan Spry (“Creepshow,” “Day of the Dead”), Jeff Holland (“Creepshow,” “Day of the Dead”), Bradford Bricken (“Twelve Forever”), and Eric Woods (“Creepshow,” “Harland Manor”). Julien Nitzberg also serves as an executive producer and showrunner.