Animated films are incredibly interesting and entertaining, and this year we absolutely loved watching the likes of Moana, Zootopia, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Secret Life of Pets to name a few amid a whole lot of animated films released in 2016. In fact, a record 27 animated feature films were submitted for consideration for the 89th Academy Awards, virtually making 2016 the greatest year ever for animated movies, until may be next year, which is just round the corner with a lot of prospects ahead of this popular movie genre.
Check out the most anticipated animated Hollywood films to be released in 2017, listed here according to their release dates.
Monster Trucks is a 3D computer-animated live-action comedy film produced by Paramount Animation, Disruption Entertainment and Nickelodeon Movies, and directed by Chris Wedge. Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Derek Connolly and Matthew Robinson wrote the script. The film stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Barry Pepper, and Holt McCallany. The film is set to be released on January 13, 2017, by Paramount Pictures.
The Lego Batman Movie
The Lego Batman Movie is an American-Danish 3D computer-animated action-comedy superhero film produced by Warner Animation Group. It a spin-off of the 2014 film The Lego Movie, focusing on the DC Comics character Batman. The film is directed by Chris McKay, and stars the voices of Ralph Fiennes, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, and Rosario Dawson. The film is scheduled for release in the US on February 10, 2017 by Warner Bros in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats.
The Boss Baby
The Boss Baby is an upcoming 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, with Tom McGrath and Michael McCullers as its director and writer respectively. The film is loosely based on the picture book of the same name published in 2010, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. It stars the voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow, with Tobey Maguire as the narrator. The Boss Baby is scheduled to be released on March 31, 2017 by 20th Century Fox.
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Smurfs: The Lost Village is a 3D computer-animated adventure-comedy film based primarily on Belgian comics artist Peyo’s comic book series The Smurfs. Directed by Kelly Asbury, it is a total reboot film and has no relation to Sony’s live action/animated film series. The film will star Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Joe Manganiello and Rainn Wilson, and is set for release on April 7, 2017.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is an American-Canadian-Korean 3D computer-animated comedy film and the sequel to the 2014 film The Nut Job. Directed by Cal Brunker and cowritten by Brunker, Bob Barlen and Scott Bindley, the film stars Jacky Chan, Will Arnett, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale and Peter Stormare. It is produced by Gulfstream Pictures, Redrover International and ToonBox Entertainment, and is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2017, by Open Road Films.
Cars 3 is a sequel to the 3D computer-animated sports films Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011) and the third installment in the Cars franchise. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, it is being directed by Brian Fee, and is scheduled to be released on June 16, 2017.
Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 3 is a 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is a sequel to Despicable Me 2 (2013) and the third installment in the Despicable Me film series. The film is written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon. It is scheduled for release on June 30, 2017, by Universal Pictures.
The Emoji Movie
The Emoji Movie is a 3D computer-animated film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It is directed by Tony Leondis and written by Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White. The film, previously named as Emojimovie: Express Yourself, is scheduled for release on August 4, 2017, by Columbia Pictures.
The Lego Ninjago Movie
The Lego Ninjago Movie is an American-Danish 3D computer-animated action-comedy martial arts film, and the second spin-off of the The Lego Movie (2014). Directed by Charlie Bean and written by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Kevin Chesley and Bryan Shukoff, the film stars the voices of Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, and Justin Theroux. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on September 22, 2017 through Warner Bros Pictures.
My Little Pony: The MovieMy Little Pony: The Movie is a Canadian–American animated musical fantasy film produced and financed by Hasbro Studios' film label Allspark Pictures and animated through DHX Media. The film is based on the TV series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic developed by Lauren Faust, as well as Hasbro's My Little Pony toy line created by Bonnie Zacherle. It is directed by Jayson Thiessen and written by Meghan McCarthy, who both worked on the TV show. The regular TV cast – Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St Germain, and Cathy Weseluck – will reprise their roles from the series while Kristin Chenoweth, Emily Blunt, Michael Peña, Uzo Aduba, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs, and Sia Furler will make guest appearances. The film is scheduled for worldwide theatrical release on October 6, 2017 through Lionsgate.
Coco is a 3D computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich, who has also directed it, with Adrian Molina as co-director and writer. The film will be released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 23, 2017.