Sky Cinema is to launch its first ever dedicated animation channel to run in October and early November.
“It is the first time Sky Cinema has launched an animation-specific service and it will offer something for everyone. From the popular new animation film ‘Sing!’ to classic Disney movies and Pixar favourites, it really will cater for the whole family.” – Sky Cinema Group Director, Ian Lewis
Sky Cinema is bringing the excitement of animation to the whole family this October, offering both classic and new animation titles on a bespoke channel for the first time. Launching on Saturday October 14th, and on air for three weeks, Sky Cinema customers can enjoy the family-friendly film animations on a dedicated Sky service. Sky Cinema Animation, found on channel 306, is to run during the October half term, with movies to be enjoyed at no extra cost to Sky Cinema customers.
Over the past 12 months, animated films have proved popular at the box office and Sky Cinema Animation will have over 60 titles to choose from, including The Secret Life of Pets which was one of the highest grossing movies of 2016. The collection also includes hit new releases such as Sing and Oscar-nominated Trolls, as well as classic Disney family favourites Robin Hood, The Emperor’s New Groove and Mulan.
Sky Cinema will also celebrate animation on Saturday 4th November with ‘Ice Age Day’. For 13 hours, fans will be able to enjoy a day with Sid, Manfred and Scrat in movies such as: Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of The Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Collision Course. Sky Cinema’s animation channel will also mark the 80th anniversary of Disney’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – the first feature-length Disney film, which gave birth to the modern animation genre.
The channel will continue to run over the Halloween period with a special ‘Family Frights Day’ on 31 October. Family-friendly spooky animated titles will be available on the day, such as Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and The Nightmare Before Christmas – a light bite as part of the Halloween festivities on Sky Cinema.
“Our dedicated channels give customers the chance to delve into a genre and enjoy the best of Sky Cinema’s line-up. Our Pixar channel in March was a huge success and with animation dominating the box office with some of the biggest blockbusters over the last 12 months, we think Sky Cinema Animation will be another one that will appeal to those young and old.” – Sky Cinema Group Director, Ian Lewis