Hulu Launches ‘Sub-Brand’ for 20,000-Episode Adult Animation, Anime Library

Hulu is launching a new “sub-brand” to put a spotlight on its vast adult animation and anime library, which consists of more than 20,000 episodes and revivals of such classic series as “Family Guy,” “King of the Hill” and “Futurama.”

Called Animayhem, the new hub includes interactive social media features such as a TikTok bracket challenge and assorted AR filters. The site will be a destination where viewers can find all of the streamer’s adult animation and anime shows, including “Futurama” (season 11 premieres July 24), Viz Media’s “Naruto Shippuden” (season eight bows Aug. 1), “Solar Opposites” (season four launches Aug. 14), and the new Hulu original series “Undead,” which debuts in October.

Animayhem also will have a big presence at San Diego Comic-Con next week, with an immersive activation taking over the Bayfront Parking Lot.

Merchandising: Target Offers Gift Card With ‘Family Guy’

Not much was stirring at the retail level for the new releases of Jan. 8 aside from discounted catalog titles, but Target did build a promotion off a new “Family Guy” DVD release.

Target set up a display featuring the DVDs of seasons 13 through 16 of the animated comedy series, plus the new Family Guy: 20 Greatest Hits DVD, and offered a $5 gift card with the purchase of any two of the sets.

Seasons 13 and 14 were offered at $9.99 each, with seasons 15 and 16 and the greatest hits DVD at $14.99 each.

Some of the discounted titles at Target included $19 for Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls Blu-ray, $15 for Netflix’s Target-exclusive Stranger Things Blu-ray, and $17 for the Stranger Things 2 Blu-ray.

Best Buy has an endcap display touting the upcoming theatrical release of 20th Century Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel, in theaters Feb. 14. The promotion offers an $8 Fandango coupon for a theatrical ticket included with select Fox Blu-rays, including Avatar, Deadpool, Independence Day, Logan, The Martian, The Maze Runner, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and more.

‘Family Guy’ Marks 20th Anniversary With Musical DVD

The animated comedy “Family Guy” will mark its 20th anniversary with a new collection of musical-infused episodes of the series.

Family Guy: 20 Greatest Hits will arrive on DVD and Digital Jan. 8 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and includes 20 song-and-dance-filled episodes from the series, along with brand new bonus material.

Extras include a “300 Episodes, Two Cancellations, and One Mural” featurette; lyric videos for “I Need a Jew,” “Drunken Irish Dad” and It’s a Wonderful Day for Pie”; and a “Music Machine” to play the following songs:

  • “The Road to Rhode Island Song”
  • “I Need a Jew”
  • “You’ve Got a Lot to See”
  • “You Have AIDS”
  • “The FCC Song”
  • “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”
  • “Somewhere That’s Green”
  • “When We Swing”
  • “Shipoopi”
  • “Vasectomy”
  • “Noble Indian Chief”
  • “Drunken Irish Dad”
  • “Prom Night Dumpster Baby”
  • “All I Really Need is The Boy”
  • “The Spirit of Massachusetts”
  • “Surfin’ Bird”
  • “A Bag o’ Weed”
  • “It’s a Wonderful Day for Pie”
  • “All I Really Want for Christmas”
  • “Christmastime is Killing Us”
  • “Mr. Booze”
  • “Credit Card Debt”
  • “Poop in Strange Places”
  • “Butter on a Pop Tart”
  • “Brush Your Teeth at Work”
  • “Parents are Gross”
  • “Candy Quahog Marshmallow!”

 

‘Family Guy’ Season 16 on DVD Dec. 4

The sixteenth season of “Family Guy” will be released on DVD Dec. 4 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, timed with the 20th anniversary of the animated series created by Seth MacFarlane.

The season includes the show’s 300th episode, as well as the episode “Nanny Goats,” for which Alex Borstein won the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Character Voiceover Performance.

Extras include extended episode animatics with commentary and deleted scenes.