The last three decades changed the world’s perception of animated movies. It isn’t just for children, and the really good ones can engage all age groups. 2018 was a great year for animation, with some top notch movies released, especially Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which has already become one of the greatest animated movies ever. Hopefully 2019 will continue that same level of quality and success. Here’s a look at a list of animated movies 2019 has in store for us:
1. Toy Story 4 (June 21)
Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) are back in this sequel to Toy Story 3 after a 9-year hiatus. Toy Story 3 was the perfect ending to a beautiful trilogy that captured the hearts of adults and children alike. So why does Pixar want to make a fourth film which may ruin the franchise’s stellar reputation? We’ll find out on June 21.
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2. The Queen’s Corgi (July 5)
Based on the bond between Queen Elizabeth II and her famous corgis, this animated comedy is set to release worldwide on July 5th. Here’s the trailer for The Queen’s Corgi shown above.
3. The Lion King (July 19)
After the huge success of The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau is back with the live adaptation of the beloved Disney classic, The Lion King. The cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, and James Earl Jones returning to the role of Mufasa. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, prepare to have your mind BLOWN!
4. Wish Dragon (July 26)
Produced by Sparkle Roll Media along with Base Animation as well as Sony Pictures, this film stars Jackie Chan, who owns Sparkle Roll Media. It is said to be “a genie-in-a-bottle retelling set in contemporary China.” Wish Dragon releases in China on July 26.
5. Playmobil: The Movie (August 16)
Marla is forced to abandon her carefully structured life to embark on an epic journey to find her younger brother Charlie, who has disappeared into the vast and wondrous animated world of Playmobil toys. First Lego, now Playmobil. Playmobil: The Movie is due to release on August 16.
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6. The Angry Birds Movie 2 (August 16)
Everyone’s favourite pig-killing, slingshot-sailing birds are back in this sequel by Rovio and Sony Pictures. Starring notable names like Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Sterling K. Brown, Peter Dinklage and so on, The Angry Birds Movie 2 is set to release August 16.
7. Spies in Disguise (September 13)
Will Smith and Tom Holland team up as a spy and his gadget inventor in an attempt to save the world from impending danger. Pretty straightforward, usual stuff so far, but let’s see what this movie has in store when it hits theatres September 13.
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8. Abominable (September 27)
How To Train Your Dragon: China edition? DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio team up in this animated movie about a young girl who encounters a Yeti in Shanghai. The film is scheduled to release in the United States on September 27, 2019.
9. The Addams Family (October 18)
The Addams Family theme always comes to mind whenever I think about this show. This CGI version of the Addams Family faces off against a crafty reality TV host while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration. The film stars some VERY popular actors, namely Oscar Issac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll and Allison Janney among others. The film has been slated to release October 18.
10. Shaun the Sheep 2: Farmageddon (October 18)
The popular British sheep is back, this time encountering otherworldly beings, when a cute alien crash lands near Shaun’s farm. What follows, according to Aardman Animations at least, is alien powered fun and adventure. Let’s find out whether that’s true, when it hits theaters on October 18.
11. Frozen 2 (November 22)
The sequel to the highest grossing animated movie of all time arrives towards the end of the year. Get ready for more fun, adventure and songs which teenage girls will never stop singing when Queen Elsa, her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven return. Frozen 2 releases worldwide on November 22.
12. Klaus (2019)
From the creator of Despicable Me and Smallfoot comes a Christmas themed movie: a Santa Claus origin story. Sergio Pablos is one of the finest animators of his generation, and his latest idea looks exciting, considering the state-of-the-art tools used to produce a fine piece of animation. Klaus is set to stream worldwide on Netflix this Christmas.
By Aditya Sarma