It’s that time of year again: the time we take a look at what next year has to offer us in terms of theatrical animation! Bear in mind that these are only the animated films with verified US release dates and that any and all dates are subject to change at any time. (And for the purposes of this blog, I am not including Disney’s upcoming The Lion King remake in this list!) Enjoy!
1) THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART [February 8, 2019]
Warner Animation Group’s film of the year, this sequel will see our Lego friends from the first film five years into the future. Their world has now become an apocalyptic landscape and after the majority of the main characters are kidnapped, it’s up to Emmet to rescue them with the help of a new character, Rex Dangervest. W/the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Tiffany Haddish, Will Arnett, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Margot Robbie, etc.
2) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD [February 22, 2019]
DreamWorks Animation’s first of two films set for 2019, this will be the final chapter in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy! In it, Toothless discovers a mate while he and Hiccup must flee their village when danger threatens it. W/the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, F. Murray Abraham, etc.
3) WONDER PARK [March 15, 2019]
Paramount Animation’s film of the year, Wonder Park will tell the story of a young girl who uses her imagination to construct her own amusement park. But when she gets older and loses her imagination, she finds the amusement park in the nearby woods and must protect it from being destroyed. W/the voices of Brianna Denski, Ken Hudson Campbell, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, Ken Jeong, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, etc.
4) MISSING LINK [April 12, 2019]
Laika’s film of the year, Missing Link tells the story of two adventurers who go out in search of a legendary creature. W/the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, etc.
5) UGLYDOLLS [May 3, 2019]
Based on the plush toys of the same name, UglyDolls tells the story of a group of ugly dolls who come across the town of Perfection and must learn to accept their differences. W/the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Pitbull, Emma Roberts, Blake Shelton, Bebe Rexha, etc.
6) THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 [June 7, 2019]
Illumination Entertainment’s film of the year, this sequel continues the stories of our pet friends who are left home when their owners go to work. Not much else is known about the plot yet. W/the voices of Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, etc.
7) TOY STORY 4 [June 21, 2019]
Pixar’s film of the year, Woody and the gang are back in this fourth installment of the franchise wherein a road trip is involved. W/the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Keanu Reeves, Patricia Arquette, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tony Hale, etc.
8) THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 [August 16, 2019]
Not much is known about this sequel yet other than the main characters are expected to return. W/the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, etc.
9) SPIES IN DISGUISE [September 13, 2019]
Blue Sky Studios’ film of the year, this film tells the story of the world’s greatest super-spy who is transformed into a pigeon by an inventor. Together, the two of them must save the world from some danger. W/the voices of Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled, etc.
10) ABOMINABLE [September 27, 2019]
DreamWorks Animation’s second of two films set for 2019, this film tells the story of a group of misfits who helps reunite a young Yeti with his family in the Himalayas. W/the voices of Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Tsai Chin, etc.
11) THE ADDAMS FAMILY [October 11, 2019]
The creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky family will be making their animated theatrical film debut in 2019! The film will be about the family dealing with a reality-TV host as well as their expected extended family. W/the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, etc.
12) FROZEN 2 [November 22, 2019]
We finally arrive at the Disney Canon entry of the year which is the sequel to that film that we’ve all seen multiple times by now. Not much is know about the plot yet, so we’ll just have to…let it go. W/the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown, etc.
And those are the animated films with US theatrical release dates set for 2019, to the best of my knowledge. Some animated films such as Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, Playmobil: The Movie, Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie, and Wish Dragon do not have US release dates yet.
I can safely say that I have an interest in every single one of these films listed here! Yes, some more than others, but I can’t say I wouldn’t want to see any of the films listed here. My top 3 most anticipated animated films of 2019 (discounting Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie) are Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, and The Addams Family! I’m more curious to see what they will do with Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2 rather than I’m dying to see the films. And this animated The Addams Family will be my introduction to this creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky family.
What do you think of the 2019 animated films? What are your top 3 most anticipated? Let me know in the comments below!