Night of the Animated Dead is an animated reimagining of George Romero’s 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead, and it will be released digitally next month.
More specifically, Night of the Animated Dead will be released digitally on September 21 and then on physical media starting on October 5. The movie will be released in a Blu-ray combo pack and as a DVD.
Alongside news of these release dates, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment also revealed the cast of the movie and the film’s box art.
Night of the Animated Dead Box Art, Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
“Night of the Living Animated Dead features the voice talents of Josh Duhamel (Jupiter’s Legacy, Transformers), as Harry Cooper, Dulé Hill (The West Wing, Psych), as Ben, Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) as Barbara, James Roday Rodriguez (A Million Little Things, Psych) as Tom, Katee Sackhoff (The Mandalorian, Battlestar Galactica) as Judy, Will Sasso (MadTV) as Sheriff McClelland, Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) as Johnny and Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing) as Helen Cooper,” a press release reads.
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Warner Bros. describes Night of the Animated Dead as an “unprecedented presentation” and a “new, star-studded animated recreation” of the original Night of the Living Dead. The Blu-ray combo pack will be sold for $19.99 in the U.S. while the DVD version will be sold for $14.99, with preorders beginning on August 10.
“In Night of the Animated Dead, siblings Barbara and Johnny visit their father’s grave in a remote cemetery in Pennsylvania when they are suddenly set upon by zombies,” according to the press release. “Barbara flees and takes refuge in an abandoned farmhouse along with stranded motorist Ben and four local survivors found hiding in the cellar.”
Together, this group must fight to stay alive while confronting their own fears and prejudices, much as they did in the original 1968 movie. Beyond the actual full-length feature film, Night of the Animated Dead will feature never-before-seen exclusive animated scenes not found in the original live-action film, according to Warner Bros, as well as the Making of the Animated Dead special feature.
Richard Potter, Thomas DeFeo, and Jamie Elliott are the executive producers for the movie with Ralph E. Portillo, Robert Feldman, Michael J. Luisi, and Kevin Kasha serving as the producers. Night of the Animated Dead was animated by Demente Animation Studio and directed by Jason Axinn.
For more about the movie, read about how Night of the Animated Dead will reimagine Romero’s horror classic and then read about how Romero is developing Twilight of the Dead. Check out IGN’s list of the 25 best horror movies to see where Night of the Living Dead lands in the ranking after that.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.