MIPTV: Pokémon Expands Animation Offerings

The Pokémon Company International debuted a new feature-length animated film Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction at MIPTV Monday.

The movie features Ash, Pikachu and other classic Pokémon as well as those that made their debut in the “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y” video games.

The company also signed a slew of new broadcast and VOD partners, including deals with Netflix and Hulu. Fans in all Netflix territories have enjoyed classic Pokémon seasons and movies since content launched in March, and Pokémon animation also debuted on Hulu in the U.S. this February. The Netflix and Hulu deals follow the launch of the “Pokémon TV” app for iOS and Android devices in 2013.

Pokémon and the Russian free-to-air broadcaster 2X2 recently signed a deal to begin airing “Pokémon the Series: XY” this September. The season, which is already airing in numerous markets around the world, brings the total number of Pokémon episodes to nearly 800. 2X2 joins European partners including CITV in the U.K., Gulli in France, K2 in Italy, YEP! in Germany, Clan TV in Spain, TV4 in Sweden, TV2 in Norway, VT4 and Club RTL in Belgium and Disney XD in markets across Europe. Other broadcast partners include Cartoon Network in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Latin America; Eleven in Australia; ETV in South Africa; and YTV in Canada. 

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