Hulu Gets Pokemon Animation4 Feb, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Hulu, the over-the-top video service co-owned by The Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and NBC Universal, has signed a license agreement with The Pokémon Company International to stream the "Pokémon" franchise's animated series, full-length feature films, and an animated special for its Hulu Kids platform.
Hulu Plus subscribers have immediate access to the “Diamond & Pearl” story arc (season 10), with seasons 11-13 forthcoming; the four-part Pokémon Origins animated special; and the feature-length animated movie Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai.
Additional movies such as Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, and Pokémon Zoroark: Master of Illusions launch later on Hulu Plus. Pokémon fans will also be able to catch the first two episodes from the recent animated season, “Pokémon the Series: XY,” which is based on the recently launched video games Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.
"Pokémon" is one of the largest entertainment franchises in the world, selling more than 245 million video games, shipping more than 20 billion Pokémon TCG cards, and featuring a library of more than 700 animation episodes and 16 full-length animated films. In October 2013, the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games launched worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, selling 4 million copies globally in their first two days of sale.