Night of the Animated Dead release date announced, artwork revealed

Last Updated on August 10, 2021

We're still waiting to see a trailer for Night of the Animated Dead, an animated remake of the George A. Romero classic Night of the Living Dead that's coming our way from director Jason Axinn and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, but it has been announced that the film will be receiving a digital release on September 21st, to be followed by a DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack release on October 5th. The cover art for the physical media release can be seen below.

Night of the Living Dead had the following synopsis: 

A disparate group of individuals takes refuge in an abandoned house when corpses begin to leave the graveyard in search of fresh human bodies to devour. The pragmatic Ben does his best to control the situation, but when the reanimated bodies surround the house, the other survivors begin to panic. As any semblance of order within the group begins to dissipate, the zombies start to find ways inside — and one by one, the living humans become the prey of the deceased ones.

Here are the details on Night of the Animated Dead:

Presented by The Long Game in association with Hemisphere Entertainment, Night of the Animated Dead is an animated adaptation of the 1968 horror classic and includes never-before-seen, exclusive animated scenes not found in the original live-action film.

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. Barbara flees and takes refuge in an abandoned farmhouse along with stranded motorist Ben and four local survivors found hiding in the cellar. Together, the group must fight to stay alive against the oncoming horde of zombies while also confronting their own fears and prejudices.

The Night of the Animated Dead voice cast includes genre regular Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs. Jason) as Barbara, Dulé Hill (Psych) as Ben, Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas, Jupiter's Legacy) as Harry Cooper, James Roday Rodriguez (also best known for Psych) as Tom, Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Halloween: Resurrection) as Judy, Nancy Travis (So I Married an Axe Murderer) as Helen Cooper, Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, multiple episodes of Psych) as Johnny, and Will Sasso (MADtv) as Sheriff McClelland.

Some of the cast members missed out on Psych, but Isabelle was on the show, too. She appeared in two episodes, six years apart, playing different characters each time.

Night of the Animated Dead was produced by Michael J Luisi, Ralph E. Portillo, Robert Feldman, and Kevin Kasha. Richard Potter, Thomas DeFeo, and Jamie Elliott serve as executive producers.

Axinn and Luisi team up for a bonus feature on the home video release:

Making of the Animated Dead – Join director Jason Axinn & Producer Michael Luisi as they regale fans with the careful process of honoring the iconic classic with their vision for an animated remake, including scene breakdowns and booth recordings with the cast.

Axinn made his feature directorial debut with the animated horror movie To Your Last Death. The trailer for that one can be seen below the Night of the Animated Dead DVD/Blu-ray case art:

Night of the Animated Dead release

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