Hellboy Animated is a pair of original straight-to-DVD animated films and a series of tie-in comics. Sword of Storms and Blood & Iron, were made with the approval of Mike Mignola and Guillermo del Toro. A third film was planned, but has since been abandoned.
Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and John Hurt, who played Hellboy, Liz Sherman and Professor Trevor Bruttenholm in the 2004 and 2008 live-action films, reprise their roles for the Hellboy Animated versions of the characters. Abe Sapien is voiced by Doug Jones, who played Abe in the live-action films. These films mark the first time he provided the voice of Abe. (David Hyde Pierce provided the vocal performance for Abe in the first live-action film.)
- Ron Perlman as Hellboy
- Selma Blair as Liz Sherman
- Doug Jones as Abe Sapien
- John Hurt as Professor Trevor Bruttenholm
- Peri Gilpin as Kate Corrigan
In Sword of Storms, Hellboy and Kate Corrigan are dispatched to Japan to solve the mystery of a professor possessed by the Japanese demons Thunder and Lightning. The demons wish to get their hands on a powerful haunted sword, which will free them, and allow them to unleash their brothers and destroy the world. While Hellboy is sent into an alternate dimension, facing Youkai on the way, his B.P.R.D. teammates, Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman, try to stop one of the Dragons on the first wave of the coming chaos.
Blood & Iron deals with Professor Trevor Bruttenholm's experience with a vampiress (the blood countess) in 1934 and the present day. Hellboy also faces off against Hecate.
Iron Shoes (short film)
The Hellboy Animated: Blood & Iron DVD also includes a bonus short film, based on the short comic The Iron Shoes.
The Phantom Claw
The abandoned third film. It was to be the debut of Lobster Johnson in the series, though it was to primarily feature Hellboy and Kate.
On March 19, 2008, a message was posted on the Hellboy Animated site by producer Tad Stones stating that no work is being done on this film. However, Stones also wrote that some smaller animated projects may be done for internet release, and hinted that the release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army may affect the future of the animated film series.
All work on The Phantom Claw has since been suspended indefinitely.
The Dark Below (short film)
The Dark Below is a five minute short film released in 2010 and currently available through streaming services. The short features Hellboy falling into an ancient underground ruin where he comes up against a lake monster.
Dark Horse released a number of volumes under the Hellboy Animated range. These continue the adventures of the animated characters.
- Hellboy Animated: Phantom Limbs (October 2006, included with Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms DVD, written by Jim Pascoe with art by Rick Lacy)
- Hellboy Animated – Volume 1: The Black Wedding (80 pages, January 2007, ISBN 9781593077006) contains:
- The Black Wedding (written by Jim Pascoe with art by Rick Lacy)
- Pyramid of Death (written by Tad Stones with art by Fabio Laguna)
- Hellboy Animated: The Yearning (May 2007, included with Hellboy Animated: Blood & Iron DVD, written by Jim Pascoe with art by Ben Stenbeck)
- Hellboy Animated – Volume 2: Judgment Bell (80 pages, June 2007, ISBN 9781593077990) contains:
- The Judgment Bell (written by Jim Pascoe with art by Rick Lacy)
- The Menace of the Mechanical Monster (written by Tad Stones)
- Hellboy Animated – Volume 3: The Menagerie (80 pages, December 2007, ISBN 9781593078614) contains:
- The Menagerie (written by Jason Hall with art by Rick Lacy)
- Small Victories (written by Nate Piekos with art by Fabio Laguna)
Gentle Giant, famed for its statues, has been given the license for the Hellboy Animated action figures. A first-look Hellboy figure shrinkwrapped to a copy of the Blood & Iron DVD was released as a Best Buy exclusive.