Next year promises a wealth of worthy new family films and sequels. Here are the 10 upcoming animated movies we’re excited to see this 2019.
Animated films are at the core of childhood experiences. They represent some of the most influential and wonderful moments in a child’s life, as you relate to the stories and characters, create a community of fans in schools, talk about them to no-end, learn the dialogues, and dress up as your new role models. I remember spending much of my early infancy surrounded by toys of my favorite heroes and villains from animated films. Oh, the nostalgia.
Recently there’s been a wealth of great animated films, as the industry hits a new golden age that we hadn’t experienced since Disney’s famous ’90s Renaissance. As next year promises many worthy new films and sequels, we thought we should help you keep track. We’d love to include movies like The Lion King, but alas, that one’s being called a live-action film (who are they kidding, though? CGI is as “animated” as they come, but whatever. I’m over it). Anyway, here are 10 upcoming animated movies we're excited to see in 2019.
Toy Story 4
It’s finally coming! I don’t know how many people were actually waiting for this, since Toy Story 3 seemed to end the trilogy perfectly. It’s a bold move from Pixar, but still: who doesn’t love Toy Story? It could only be a good thing, right? Let’s just hope this is another great addition to the franchise, rather than a quick money-grab.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
The second main sequel in the franchise, but the fourth overall (if you count the two spinoffs: The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninja Movie). It certainly looks like fun, and if it’s as good as the previous films, it’ll be worth watching.
The Lion King
Okay, I’m not over it. And I don’t care.
Look at that Simba, though: isn’t he the most adorable animation ever? And to be fair, Disney never said this was a live-action film, so there’s that.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I’d dare say the first How To Train Your Dragon is the best film to come out of Dreamworks Animation since Shrek hit the theaters in 2001. And though sequels for animated movies are always a hit-and-miss, the dragon world has been consistent so far. The best part? Toothless is back, adorable as ever and in love this time around!
Another production from DreamWorks Animation for a 2019 release, Abominable promises to be fun family entertainment. The film follows a young Yeti in the Himalayas who must return to his family with the help of an interesting group of misfits.
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Based on the popular mobile videogame, this sequel of the creatively named The Angry Birds Movie is a coin toss. The first one was a good enough adaptation, considering it was inspired on a plotless game. Let’s see how this one does. The mystery, at least, is exciting.
There's still no trailer for this one, but here's a clip from the first movie.
The Addams Family
The Addams Family household has been a staple satire of the American family since Charles Addams introduced us to his inventive cartoons back in the 1930s. The franchise has seen series after series and movie after movie in the past decades, and now we’ll be treated with this animated reboot coming in October, featuring the voices of Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron. Can Anjelica Huston be replaced as the best Morticia ever? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Frozen single-handedly revitalized Disney’s princess world back in 2013, and now the sequel many children were waiting for is here. We’ll get the same directors (Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee), and the same main cast (Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad), so we can only hope to get something up to par with the original. I do somehow dread going back to the whole “Let It Go” craze, though.
Based on the stuffed toys of the same name, UglyDolls features a very musical cast—which makes sense, you know, since the film’s a musical. Get ready to hear the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, and Wanda Sykes in the lead roles of this family adventure.
The Secret Life of Pets 2
The first film is basically the Toy Story of the pet world—where domestic animals engage in secret adventures when their owners are away. Pets 2 continues Max’s story, this time voiced by Patton Oswald instead of Louis C.K.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’ll do for now. Tell us which movie you’re looking forward to the most in the comments down below!
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