25 Most Anticipated Animated Movies of 2019, 2020

January 1, 2019
20 min read

Animation is a movie genre no one can stay away from. There was a time when people used to think that animated films were for kids. I did too when I was a kid! But, growing up, you realise how wrong this statement is! I mean, if ‘Coco’ was just for kids, I wouldn’t have been crying my eyes out by the end. If ‘Moana’ and ‘Frozen’ were just for kids, well then, you can categorise me as a kid! Over the years, the content of animated films has taken a strong, expressive tone. Their stories have succeeded in surpassing the bounds of being limited to only one genre for only a certain age group.

While Disney still holds the supremacy on the animated side of the world, it is not alone any more. And, this type of filmmaking is not just limited to telling the tales of princesses and their knights in shining armour. Movies like 2017’s ‘Loving Vincent’ prove that there is so much more than can be done with animation. For someone who loves animated films, I always keep an eye out for the new animated movies. Here is the list of upcoming animated movies (new releases) that one should keep an eye on. We hope these latest animated movies are as good as some of the recent ones.

25. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (February 22, 2019)

We always looked at dragons as huge, fire-breathing creatures that burned down anything in their path, thanks to the fantasy drama “Games Of Thrones”. But one look at the cutesy Toothless from ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ franchise and all our existing ideas fizzle out! The animated films that told us dragons can also be friends and that the creatures can protect us from harm were successful and received worldwide recognition. A third part in the series is awaited in March 2019 and we hope Hiccup and Toothless win against tougher enemies all over again!

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24. Wonder Park (March 15, 2019)

Kids have some serious imagination. They build up all sorts of worlds imbued with magic and aliens and all things imaginable. June Baily was such a kid. She made an amusement park for herself where she spent time with talking animals. As she grew up, her sense of imagination faded and she lost the grip on her own Wonderland. But, years later, she finds her way back to that place, which, as she comes to realise, is not as imaginary as she had believed. But this park has been facing some problems and now that she knows of it, June can’t stop herself from helping the animals in Wonderland.

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23. Missing Link (April 12, 2019)

Sir Lionel Frost has always believed in the stories that have been labelled myths. He is not a kid anymore, but he believes that some monsters don’t exist just in the stories. When he receives information regarding a legendary creature, he decides to take the challenge to find him. His motivation is fuelled by his peers who do nothing more than laughing at his imagination. Assisted by another young adventurer who has the map for their journey, Sir Frost sets out to find Mr Link. Hugh Jackman will voice the character of Frost, and Zach Galifianakis will lend his voice to Mr Link.

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22. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (June 7, 2019)

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is an upcoming American 3D computer animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is directed by Chris Renaud and written by Brian Lynch, and a sequel to the 2016 film The Secret Life of Pets. Most of the cast members will reprise their roles except for Louis C.K., who will be replaced by Patton Oswalt. Additional cast members include Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll, Pete Holmes and Harrison Ford. ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ will follow the 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. The first ‘Secret Life of Pets’, released in 2016, went on to gross a massive $875 million at the worldwide box office. The movie followed a terrier named Max whose pampered life becomes disrupted when his owner brings home a stray Duke, a large mongrel from the pound, leaving Max jealous because of her divided focus on Duke.  Harrison Ford has joined the movie for his first-ever role in an animated feature. Well into his seventies now, Ford shows no signs of slowing down as an actor.

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21. The Lion King (July 19, 2019)

This remake of Disney’s 1994 animated film of the same name is directed by Jon Favreau. The film will have voice overs from artists : Donald Glover as Simba, JD McCrary as young Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Shahadi Wright Joseph as young Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Kani as Rafiki, John Oliver as Zazu, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Eric Andre as Azizi, Florence Kasumba as Shenzi and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari. oroginal plot of the film follows Simba, a young lion and heir to the throne of the Pride Lands over which his family reigned. After his father, Mufasa, is killed by the power-hungry Scar, Simba grows up away from his family before returning to avenge the death of his father. Following the lead of ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Lion King’ is being created using “virtual production,” or a mix of CGI and live-action techniques. So far it is expected that there will be no human characters in the film.

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20. The Angry Birds Movie 2 (August 16, 2019)

Video games have become an important source of the material for making films. The Angry Birds game was a huge success, owing to its comic character and bringing an addictive sense of sport into the players. It was this massive success that inspired the movie titled ‘The Angry Birds Movie’. Just as the game, the film was a huge success, too. And this warranted for another film in the series. The sequel of the film is slated for release in the next year. It will bring back the central trio of Red, Chuck and Bomb, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride. Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Jones and Nicki Minaj will voice the supporting characters.

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19. Frozen 2 (November 22, 2019)

“Do you wanna build a snowman…” “Let it goooooo…” were two songs children had on their lips four years ago! And why wouldn’t they be? The award-winning ‘Frozen’ had given everyone a chance to let it go while they sang! Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic “The Snow Queen”, ‘Frozen’ had gone on to smash all records, making it the highest grossing animated film of all time. The story of an ordinary princess with an extra-ordinary power, who goes into hiding after unleashing her fury on her home town is still fresh in our minds. It worked in the film’s favour too and is now making way for a sequel, the details of which are being kept under wraps. We’ll wait until November 2019 to see what Anna and Elsa bring for us in another frozen adventure!

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18. Toy Story 4 (June 21, 2019)

Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear make a great pair. The twosome, along with their group of friends, has embarked on several adventures together, which are hard to forget. ‘Toy Story’ was one animated film franchise, which spoke about the importance of friends in life and having them by your side at all times. The movie not only entertained the little ones but also tugged at the heartstrings of the elders alike. Out with three films in the series already, the work on the fourth edition is underway and the film might release in June 2019. We are too excited to see where Woody, Buzz and the rest of the toys will head to in search of Bo Peep, a porcelain doll, who is also Woody’s secret lady love.

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17. Abominable (September 27, 2019)

This film will tell the story of a group of people who decide to scale the highest mountain in the world but come across something that they had only heard of in stories. Chloe Bennet will voice the character of Yi, a young girl, who is at the centre of a group of people who are mostly misfits. They start their journey from Shanghai and work their way through the treacherous Himalayan range. On the way, they meet a young Yeti who is as lost in the mountains as them. So, begins the journey of the humans to reunite the yeti with its family.

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16. Spies in Disguise (September 13, 2019)

We have seen many films that feature spies who use complex gadgets that perform awesome things. James Bond and Ethan Hunt have set a high standard for other spies, with their suave style and impossible missions. ‘Spies in Disguise’ will be in the same vein, but with a twist. It is based on a short animated film called ‘Pigeon: Impossible’. At its focus will be the adventurous Lance Sterling, who is the most awesome spy in the world. He will save the world from bad men and will certainly require the help of some great gadgets. Much like Q and Benji in ‘Bond series’ and ‘Mission: Impossible series’ respectively, Sterling will have Walter Beckett, a shy, reclusive gadget genius. Will Smith and Tom Holland will give their voices to Sterling and Beckett, while Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones and DJ Khaled will voice other characters.

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15. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (February 8, 2019)

Every kid wants to play with Lego toys and build their world, concoct their own story. Keeping in mind the popularity of these toys, a film was made which featured the Lego world. ‘The Lego Movie’ told the story of Emmett, an everyday worker who was adept at following the rules but was unaware of his own potential. Along with him, there were other master builders who came from all walks of life. The world of Lego was further widened with movies like ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ and ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’. This sequel to the first film will pick up the stories of Emmett and Lucy, once again pitting them against an evil enemy who wants to destroy their world.

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14. Wish Dragon (July 26, 2019)

Most of us have wished to have something or someone that could make things come true for us, grant our wishes with the batting of an eyelash. The story of ‘Aladdin’ is focused on exactly this. Before the much anticipated live-action movie comes out next year, we have another story which will focus on wishes coming true, the setting, however, will be quite different. ‘Wish Dragon’ will be set in contemporary China where a boy discovers a dragon that can grant wishes. Actors like Jackie Chan, Constance Wu and John Cho will lend their voices to the characters who will act as a means for raising questions on the moral limitations of granting someone’s wishes.

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13. The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge (July 22, 2020)

‘The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge’ is a film based on Nickelodeon’s hit TV show ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’. It is the third SpongeBob SquarePants film in the franchise. It will likely consist of both computer-generated (CG) animation and traditional 2D animation, as used in the second movie.  Although no cast has been finalized yet, the movie is expected to star the usual cast as in the previous films. Accordingly, the movie would have Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants / Gary the Snail, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick Star, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, Mr. Lawrence as Sheldon Plankton, Jill Talley as Karen Plankton, Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy Cheeks, Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff and Lori Alan as Pearl Krabs. The series has chronicled the adventures and endeavors of the title character, and his various friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom in the previous films. It is expected that the new film will again create a new adventure for SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends. There are many recurring characters that are expected to make appearance such as the muscular lifeguard of Goo Lagoon, Larry the Lobster; a pirate specter known as the Flying Dutchman; and retired superheroes Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, who are idolized by SpongeBob and Patrick.

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12. The Addams Family (October 18, 2019)

When the cartoonist Charles Addams drew up a fictional family of the people who were unlike any other family, he wouldn’t have imagined the success that it would be among the audience. With intricately written characters, each of whom has traits of their own, ‘The Addams Family’ portrayed the picture of a 20th-century American family which had a taste for all things gothic and macabre. The satirical nature is what set it apart, and the sharp humour, which generally came from Morticia’s sarcasm, became its defining factor. After some TV series and a couple of live-action films that happened a long time ago, ‘The Addams Family’ will return in this animated film. Oscar Issac and Charlize Theron will voice the roles of Gomez and Morticia Addams. Allison Janney will voice the role of a reality TV host who has come to cover the gathering in the Addams household.

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11. Peter Rabbit 2 (February 7, 2020)

‘Peter Rabbit 2’ is an upcoming live-action/computer-animated comedy film to be directed by Will Gluck and written by Rob Lieber and Gluck, based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter. Since both the director and the writer are returning for the sequel, there is a possibility that the movie might turn out in the same taste as the prequel. It is expected that the script this time would be much better than the prequel since the movie had lost out to ‘Paddington 2’ in terms of critical acclaim, although achieving better commercial success. The prequel was based on the traditional story of Peter Rabbit : In England’s Lake District Peter Rabbit, his cousin Benjamin Bunny, and Peter’s triplet sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, spend most of their days picking on Mr. Joe McGregor and stealing vegetables from his garden. They are friends with a local woman named Bea who spends her time painting pictures of the rabbits as well as the surrounding nature. Bea takes on a mother-like relationship with the rabbits due to the death of their parents, who were killed by McGregor. It is expected that the new sequel will do justice to the shortcomings of the prequel.

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10. Nimona (February 14, 2020)

‘Nimona’ is an upcoming animated feature film adaptation of a fantasy webcomic by the American comics writer and artist Noelle Stevenson. It is being produced by 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios. Patrick Osborne, who has previously directed Disney’s Oscar-winning short film ‘Feast’, will direct ‘Nimona’ from a script written by Marc Haimes. Based on the graphic novel of the same name written and drawn by Noelle Stevenson, ‘Nimona’ follows the titular character, a shapeshifter and sidekick to the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart. Together, the two fight against Blackheart’s nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. This is the first time that Patrick Osborne is going to direct a full feature animation film. A lot rides on his shoulders given the fact that he has helmed the Oscar winning short film ‘Feast’ for Disney studios. Anyway, it will be a great experience to finally watch the much-loved webcomics translate into an animation movie.

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9. Onward (March 6, 2020)

Pixar has become a prominent name in making quality animated films. There is a bunch of new Pixar films that will be released in the next couple of years, and ‘Onward’ is one of them. The story of this film will be set in a world where there are no humans. Instead, there are magical creatures like trolls, unicorns and elves. It will focus on two young elves who will take an exceptional journey to rediscover their relationship with their father. Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus will voice the main characters in the film. Last year’s ‘Coco’ was an emotional joy-ride, and considering that the writer and director, Dan Scanlon, channelled this story from his own life, we can expect a lot of things from ‘Onward’.

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8. The Croods 2 (September 18, 2020)

They were the first people on the planet and they were the ones that named certain things as we know today! ‘The Croods’ is an affable tale set in the pre-historic times and spoke of a family that discovers new lands and new animals as it starts moving out of the cave-home fearing an impending apocalypse. The movie is a good watch and Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds did a great job in the voice-over department. ‘The Croods 2’ will make us wait a few more years but we are sure it will be another engaging movie for the entire family.

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7. Minions 2 (July 3, 2020)

They speak a mix of Hindi, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French and Russian; yet what they say is totally gibberish and thankfully we don’t need the brains to understand a word of Minionese! While the pill-shaped, yellow creatures looked to serve the greatest super-villain of all time, they toppled civilizations inadvertently and bumped off the fierce T-Rex in the process, finally settling for Scarlett Overkill. The sequel to ‘Minions’ is set to release on the big screens in 2020 and it is to be seen what act the harebrained Minions have up their sleeve next.

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6. Ron’s Gone Wrong (November 6, 2020)

Technology has been slowly taking over the world, assisting humans with their work, making every task easier and simpler. You just have to say something and it will be done. While this technology is still developing in our world, ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ will be set in a world where it has reached its peak. In this story, every kid has their own robot that helps them with everything. These bots have become an integral part of their lives and it becomes quite a hassle when they don’t work. An eleven-year-old boy is irritated when his bot fails at doing the work. He decides to teach the robot which results in a journey that strengthens their bond of friendship and makes the boy realise that there are much more important things in the world.

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5. Untitled Rugrats movie (November 13, 2020)

As a kid, there were only a few TV channels that mattered to us. Nickelodeon was one of them. It is still a favourite amongst children because it produces some very good shows, and better keeps rerunning its previous hits. In 1991, it started a show that captured the world from the point of view of the toddlers. Tommy Pickles and his friends were at the focus of the stories and showed how the babies communicated with each other in a language which, although English, was incomprehensible to the adults. The show was funny and highly entertaining, and as the years passed, there were a couple of movies that followed its immense success. The show is being rebooted now and will soon appear as a new series on television, but there is more exciting news. It is being turned into a live-action movie! Get ready to relive your childhood.

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4. The Mitchells vs the Machines (January 10, 2020)

The Mitchells are the epitome a proper dysfunctional family. They have their differences and they never come together on anything. Somehow, they decide to take a road trip together to rekindle their fading bonds with each other. Most of their problems are rooted in the technology that has become an inseparable part of their lives. So, when this technology turns against them, the Mitchells are forced to keep aside their differences and find a way to save the world. With two machines as dysfunctional as them, the Mitchells and their dog set out to save humanity from falling at the hands of the very machines that were made to serve them.

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3. Sing 2 (December 25, 2020)

In 2016, there was a musical that focused on a group of animals who were amazing singers, but they were all held back by one thing or another. In the middle of them was a koala, named Buster Moon, who dreamed of a helming a successful theatre. Animals from all walks of line and in all sizes and shapes come for the auditions and only a handful are selected for a competition, that they falsely believe will bring them a lot of money. After their ups and downs, the show turns out to be a success and the koala succeeds in saving his theatre. But, can he keep up with this success? What happened to the participants after they were done with the show? ‘Sing 2’ will answer all these questions along with a lot more music.

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2. Trolls World Tour (April 10, 2020)

‘Trolls’ told the story of, well, trolls. They are happy beings, never saddened by anything and spend their lives singing and dancing and making merry. But their happiness, in fact, they are an eyesore for monstrous creatures called the Bergens. They find happiness only after they eat a troll, and this becomes the cause of great sadness for trolls. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake had voiced the roles of the lead characters, and the film was a huge success, with one Academy Award nomination in the Best Original Song category. But, the story of trolls didn’t end with just the first film. The cast will return, along with some new voices, in the sequel which will take us further into the stories of the characters.

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1. The Boss Baby 2 (March 26, 2021)

The 2017 film ‘Boss Baby’ had a very different storyline, where an infant thinks like an adult and is sent to the Templeton family under cover to get to know why puppies were receiving more love than human babies. The film garnered mixed reviews at the box office, though it was praised for its unusual thought and A-listers in the voice-over cast. There was also one major drawback in it: the film failed to appease its target audience – the children. Let’s just hope ‘Boss Baby 2’ comes up with a subject that even the little ones will like.

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