The new year is soon upon us, hence it’s time to take a look at next year’s selection of theatrical animated films! 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. Enjoy!
1) ONWARD [March 6, 2020]
The first animated film of the year is also the first Pixar film of the year. In a world where trolls, elves, and unicorns exist, two troll brothers must do what they can to undo a spell that has brought only half of their father back to life.
W/the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, etc.
2) TROLLS WORLD TOUR [April 17, 2020]
This is the first DreamWorks Animation film of the year wherein the trolls from the first film must stop a queen troll from destroying all forms of music besides rock.
W/the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ozzy Osbourne, Sam Rockwell, James Corden, Jamie Dornan, etc.
3) SCOOB! [May 15, 2020]
Warner Animation Group’s fully animated film of the year brings us a new origin story for the Scooby gang with a lead-in to a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe.
W/the voices of Frank Welker, Will Forte, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Kiersey Clemons, etc.
4) THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN [May 22, 2020]
Paramount Animation’s film of the year brings us the third theatrical SpongeBob SquarePants film wherein SpongeBob’s pet snail, Gary, gets “snailnapped”.
W/the voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Awkwafina, Reggie Watts, Snoop Dogg, etc.
5) SOUL [June 19, 2020]
Pixar’s second film of the year goes beyond inanimate objects, animals, emotions, and the afterlife. Pixar is now tackling the concept of the human soul!
W/the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Questlove, Daveed Diggs, etc.
6) MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU [July 3, 2020]
Illumination’s film of the year serves as a sequel to the prequel of the Despicable Me franchise. We learn more about the villainous Gru’s early days.
W/the voices of Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, etc.
7) BOB’S BURGERS: THE MOVIE [July 17, 2020]
The animated television series, Bob’s Burgers, gets a feature-length musical film. The plot is currently unknown.
W/the voices of H. John Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, etc.
8) RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON [November 25, 2020]
Walt Disney Animation’s film of the year tells the story of a warrior searching for the last dragon in the realm of Kumandra.
W/the voices of Cassie Steele, Awkwafina, etc.
9) THE CROODS 2 [December 23, 2020]
DreamWorks Animation’s second film of the year takes us back to the prehistoric family, the Croods. Rumor is that they will meet another family, the Bettermans, who are more evolved than them.
W/the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, Kelly Marie Tran, etc.
And those are the animated films with US theatrical release dates set for 2020. I personally can’t wait for Scoob!! It’ll be the first theatrical animated feature film of the character and a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe sounds epic! I’m also really looking forward to Raya and the Last Dragon as well as Onward!
What do you think of the 2020 animated films? What are your top 3 most anticipated? Let me know in the comments below!