UK animation house Aardman Animations is launching its latest creation, Angry Kid, exclusively on the Internet, via online distributor AtomFilms' web-site from early May.

The 25 60-second episodes will be available as free Quicktime downloads from Sunday, May 7. Aardman and AtomFilms previously pacted for Web distribution of Aardman's back catalogue and its forthcoming feature slate.

Aardman head of film and TV productions Michael Rose described Angry Kid's brattishness is perfect fodder for the 'net: "He's anarchic, irreverent and definitely not suitable for family viewing."

Aardman is currently readying its first ever feature film, Chicken Run, which will get its release at the end of June. A co-production with DreamWorks SKG, Chicken Run received an enthusiastic reception this weekend at a private test screening in Portland, Oregon. A spokesman for Aardman said that, although the company had considered the possibility, Chicken Run will not go to the Cannes festival next month.