‘Beavis and Butt-head Do America’ Heading to Blu-ray Dec. 7

For its 25th anniversary, Beavis and Butt-head Do America arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever Dec. 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Based on the animated series, the film follows the brainless pair as they set off on a nacho-fueled road trip to find their stolen TV and score with some hot chicks. Along the way, the metal-head morons become entangled with one nefarious character after another, eventually ending up stranded in the desert and hallucinating in a mind-altering sequence based on and including artwork by musician and artist Rob Zombie.

Creator Mike Judge unleashed Beavis and Butt-Head on the big screen on Dec. 20, 1996.  The film earned more than $60 million.

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The Blu-ray includes access to a digital copy of the film, as well as the following legacy bonus content: commentary by Mike Judge and Yvette Kaplan; “The Big Picture,” a retrospective making-of segment that features the journey to the big screen including story, voice casting and more, including a look at the hallucination scene — drastically different from the animation in the rest of the film — and an extended version of the scene; “We’re Gonna Score!  Scoring Beavis and Butt-Head Do America,” in which composer John Frizzell and Mike Judge detail the use of music in the film; “The Smackdown,” a montage of all the characters in the movie getting slapped or fighting; MTV News “Celebrity Shorts” with Jennifer Tilly, Snoop Dogg and more; trailers; and TV Spots.

Animated ‘Mosley’ Available on Demand and Digital Dec. 10, DVD Dec. 14

The animated film Mosley will be released in theaters, on demand and digital Dec. 10 and on DVD Dec. 14 from Saban Films and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring the voices of Lucy Lawless, Rhys Davies, Temuera Morrison and John Rhys-Davies, the family adventure follows a species of creatures known as “thoriphants,” who rebel against their life of servitude and embark on a treacherous journey to find the fabled city of Upright. Discovering he belongs to a heroic tribe of two-legged giants, Mosley is determined to prove he is more than just a farm animal.

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Studio Ghibli Film ‘Earwig and the Witch’ Hitting Netflix Nov. 18

The latest Studio Ghibli animated film, Earwig and the Witch, will be available on Netflix starting Nov. 18.

The release expands the existing Studio Ghibli film catalog available on Netflix globally (excluding the U.S. and Japan). Since 2020, 21 films from Studio Ghibli have been available to viewers across the world on Netflix.

Earwig and the Witch tells the story of a headstrong young girl who grew up in an orphanage. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. Directed by Goro Miyazaki with planning by Hayao Miyazaki and screenplay by Keiko Niwa and Emi Gunji, the story of Earwig is based on a novel of the same name by English writer Diana Wynne Jones.

“We’re thrilled that our film Earwig and the Witch will reach many countries and territories through Netflix,” said director Goro Miyazaki in a statement.”The film is Studio Ghibli’s first fully 3D CGI film which prompted us with an exciting challenge to reflect the spirit and pride of our studio using this new art form. Through that experience we met Earwig, our rebellious protagonist who grows to overcome difficulties with her wits and relentless energy. We hope you will come to love our Earwig, just like you enjoyed spending time with the main characters in our last 21 films. Today, the world is forced to continue its journey into a chaotic era. We hope this film will inspire our children who live long into the future.”

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“We’re incredibly fortunate to continue expanding the Studio Ghibli film lineup on Netflix by streaming Earwig and the Witch,” Aram Yacoubian, director of animation film at Netflix, said in a statement. “The highly anticipated new film of Goro Miyazaki will bring a fresh perspective to the wildly popular Studio Ghibli films. In countries and territories where we stream Studio Ghibli films (excluding the U.S. and Japan), 55 million households have chosen to watch a Studio Ghibli film on Netflix since 2020, and that number will only continue to grow. We’ve been blown away by the positive reactions from viewers everywhere, proving that stories can come from anywhere, and can be loved everywhere.”

The adventures of Earwig will soon be available to fans across the world and in more than 30 languages, including Japanese, English, Mandarin, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai in addition to many more languages available in subtitles.

The full lineup of Studio Ghibli films available on Netflix includes:

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Ocean Waves (1993)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008)
Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)
Earwig and the Witch (2020)

Apple TV+ Animated Series ‘Harriet the Spy’ to Debut Nov. 19

The Apple TV+ animated series “Harriet the Spy” will premiere Nov. 19 with five episodes.

More episodes will debut in spring 2022.

The animated adaptation of the iconic children’s novel is produced by The Jim Henson Company and features Beanie Feldstein as the voice of 11-year-old Harriet alongside Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch as the voice of Ole Golly, Harriet’s nanny.

Set in 1960s New York when the original book was published, “Harriet the Spy” follows the outspoken and perpetually curious 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch. More than anything, Harriet wants to be a writer, and in order to be a good writer, she think she needs to know everything. And to know everything she decides to become a spy.

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Joining Feldstein and Lynch are Lacey Chabert as Marion Hawthorne, the ringleader of a group of popular girls at Harriet’s school; Kimberly Brooks; Crispin Freeman; Grey Griffin; Bumper Robinson; and Charlie Schlatter.

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett wrote and performs the original theme song for the series, which she released as a single Oct. 13 under her Mom + Pop record label and is now available on Apple Music.

The Apple Original series is  written and executive produced by Will McRobb (“The Adventures of Pete & Pete”) with Sidney Clifton (“Black Panther” animated series, “Me, Eloise”) as producer.

Amazon Prime Video to Stream Fourth ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Film

Amazon Prime Video has licensed worldwide streaming rights (excluding China) to Hotel Transylvania: Transformania from Sony Pictures Animation. The fourth installment of the family film franchise will premiere worldwide in more than 240 countries and territories on Prime Video on Jan. 14, 2022.

In the film, Drac (Brian Hull) and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster. In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure. With help from Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the now human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent. The film also features the voices of Kathryn Hahn (Ericka), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Brad Abrell (Frank) and Asher Blinkoff (Wesley the Wolf Pup).

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“The success of the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ franchise over the years speaks for itself,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Audiences around the world have fallen in love with the films created by the brilliant Genndy Tartakovsky, and the latest installment is the perfect ending to an incredible journey. We could not be more excited to work with Sony, Genndy, Jennifer Kluska, Derek Drymon, Selena Gomez and the talented producing team to bring this funny, heartwarming film to our customers early next year.”

“The ‘Hotel Transylvania’ franchise has been exceptional for Sony Pictures Animation, spanning nearly a decade and introducing the world to Genndy Tartakovsky’s singular vision, and we’re so proud of what our extraordinary directors Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon have brought to this special property,” Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation, said in a statement. “These films have thrilled audiences and paved the way for so many artists working in CG animation, and now the family saga of Dracula and his daughter Mavis, son-in-law Johnny, and monster BFFs is coming to a close. We are thrilled to work with Amazon to bring this film to families everywhere.”

For the final chapter of the “Hotel Transylvania” film series, franchise creator Genndy Tartakovsky returns as one of the screenwriters and executive producers. Gomez will also serve as an executive producer. Directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska, the film is produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone and executive produced by Tartakovsky, Michelle Murdocca, and Gomez. The story is by Genndy Tartakovsky with a screenplay by Amos Vernon, Nunzio Randazzo and Genndy Tartakovsky.

‘Jimmy Neutron’ Complete Series Available on DVD Oct. 26

Shout! Factory on Oct. 26 will release The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Complete Series, a 10-DVD boxed set featuring all three seasons from the Nickelodeon animated series.

Jimmy is a genius boy who invents gadgets to improve his daily life situations with his robot dog Goddard by his side. The inventions almost always go awry leading to various mishaps for Jimmy and his best friends Carl and Sheen.

Based on the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the series aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006.

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The show’s voice cast includes Debi Derryberry (Toy Story, “F Is for Family”), Rob Paulsen (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Animaniacs”) and Jeffrey Garcia (Rio, Happy Feet), with guest appearances from Tim Curry, Tom Kenny, Jim Belushi, Christian Slate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Castellaneta, Mel Brooks, Ving Rhames and Jay Leno.

The release features numerous bonus features, including the crossover specials with “The Fairly OddParents,” the “Jimmy Neutron” pilot episode, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and storyboards for select episodes.

‘Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within’ Arriving on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16

The animated action adventure Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) is coming to 4K Ultra HD for its 20th anniversary Nov. 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, the year is 2065, and a meteor has crashed onto Earth unleashing millions of alien creatures who roam around decimating field and city alike, threatening to extinguish life itself. The film features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Steve Buscemi.

Legacy bonus features on the Blu-ray include two feature-length commentaries, the interactive documentary “The Making of Final Fantasy,” the original opening, “Aki’s Dream Reconstruction,” “On the Set with Aki,” character profiles, vehicle scale comparisons, compositing builds, joke outtakes, “The Gray Project” and theatrical trailers.

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New Pokémon Animated Film to Debut on Netflix Oct. 8

The next animated movie in the Pokémon franchise will premiere on Netflix around the world with the exception of Japan, China and Korea Oct. 8, Netflix and the Pokémon Company International announced.

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle marks the 23rd animated Pokémon movie in the franchise. In the film, deep within the Forest of Okoya, the mythical Pokémon Zarude live in a troop and maintain a strict rule that forbids outsiders from entering their territory. Elsewhere in the jungle lives Koko, a human boy raised by a lone Zarude who left the troop. Koko has grown up never doubting that he is a Zarude. One day, Koko meets his first human friend when he encounters Ash and Pikachu. When danger threatens the jungle, the bonds between Pokémon and human — and the love between parent and child — are put to the test.

The film features “Always Safe” and “No Matter What,” two original songs written and recorded for the movie by music artist Cyn. Cyn is also one of the many artists participating in the P25 Music program celebrating 25 years of Pokémon for which she wrote and recorded another new song “Wonderful.”

“During Pokémon’s 25th anniversary year, we wanted fans to have the opportunity to experience the newest animated Pokémon movie simultaneously as a global community,” said Emily Arons, SVP of licensing at The Pokémon Company International. “Pokémon animation is a much beloved pillar of the franchise and Netflix is the perfect partner to once again help us deliver a worldwide moment for fans as we celebrate 25 years of action and adventure with Ash and his Pikachu.”

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Fans are able to receive the alternate form of Zarude that is featured in the movie, as well as Shiny Celebi, in their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield video games by signing up for Pokémon Trainer Club email notifications by Sept. 25. Those who register will receive a Pokémon Trainer Club email containing a distribution code for both on Oct. 7. Fans can also get activations in Pokémon Go celebrating the global launch of Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle with details being announced soon.

‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Due on Digital Aug. 31, Disc Sept. 14

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business will be available for digital purchase Aug. 31, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The sequel welcomes back the Templeton brothers — Tim (voice of James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) determined to bring them together again and inspire a new family business.

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The voice cast also includes James Marsden, Ariana Greenblatt, Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria, James McGrath, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow.

Special features include a new animated short, a deleted scene, a gag reel, and interactive “Creative Experiment Labs” and “Boss Baby Art Class” programs.

HBO Max Orders Series ‘Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake’

HBO Max has given a series order to “Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake” (working title), a half-hour young adult animated series.

It stars the fearless sword-wielding adventurer Fionna and her magical best friend and talking cat Cake. Produced by Cartoon Network Studios, the 10-episode series will explore their relationship and the mysterious land of Ooo. Adam Muto (“Adventure Time,” “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” specials) will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

Fionna and Cake — with the help of the former Ice King, Simon Petrikov — embark on a multiverse-hopping adventure and journey of self-discovery. All the while a powerful new antagonist determined to track them down and erase them from existence, lurks in the shadows.

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“‘Adventure Time’ truly broke the mold and earned legions of passionate fans in the process,” Billy Wee, SVP of comedy and original animation at HBO Max, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Cartoon Network Studios to continue innovating and expanding the ‘Adventure Time’ universe with this world class team.”

“‘Adventure Time’ broke boundaries and was a shining example of how impactful animated storytelling can be,” Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with HBO Max to carry that tradition on to new heights, lands and magical worlds.”

The series represents the next chapter of the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning “Adventure Time” franchise on HBO Max, following its four one-hour original specials “Adventure Time: Distant Lands.” The fourth and final special, “Wizard City,” is coming this Fall.