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Animation Calendar: 2017

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So 2016 is almost finished and it is time to look forward to a new year and new slate of animated films. I must be honest with you guys – I don’t see much to be excited about, but hopefully this means there will be lots of pleasant surprises.

Ocean Waves


January 12, 2017 nationwide

Originally a TV movie from Studio Ghibli, Ocean Waves is finally getting a US full release. It’s a story about high school kids, which is kind of unique for Ghibli. I’m sold!

Bunyan and Babe

January 12, 2017 on Google Play

This looks really rough, with Paul Bunyan coming to the modern world to save the forest from a greedy land owner. Sigh…the voice cast looks pretty good though, with John Goodman, Kelsey Grammar, and more.

Monster Trucks

January 13, 2017

Paramount has already taken a $115 million write-down on the film due to its expected poor returns, which is never a good sign. It’s an original design, but the trailers have been terrible. Monster Trucks looks more Sharknado than feature film.

Surf’s Up 2

January 17, 2017

This sequel to the charming original film makes me very sad.

My Life as a Zucchini

Early 2017 wide release (2016 film for Oscars)

It looks like this stop motion Swiss film will be nominated for best animated film, and I can’t wait to see it! It’s evidently the beautiful story of a grieving orphan and how he deals with his new orphanage.

The Lego Batman Movie

February 10, 2017

The trailers have been hilarious, so this is one mainstream animated film I’m actually looking forward to in 2017.

Rock Dog

February 24, 2017

The trailer looked extremely generic, but I hope it will be charming.

The Boss Baby

March 3, 2017

I’m not going to parse words – I think this looks like a complete disaster. Baby Geniuses for animation, but who knows? DreamWorks could stun me and make the movie more like The Rugrats Movie… but don’t count on it.

Beauty and the Beast

March 17, 2017

Beauty and the Beast is not technically an animated film, but it does have a lot of animated characters and I figured readers will be very interested in it. I have hated most of the visual designs and choices I’ve seen, but who knows? It could be good. I will feel better once I actually hear if this cast can sing.

Spark

April 14, 2017

This film will probably have cheap rendering, but hopefully there will be some charm in the story of the teenage monkey on a space journey.

Smurfs: The Lost Village

April 7, 2017

I hated the last two Smurfs movies, so I am not very excited for this one. The color design and animation do look pretty good and at least there are no humans, so it could be good. Anything is possible.

The Nut Job 2

May 19, 2017

Let’s hope they learned from the junk pile of the original (a girl can dream right?). I have no real interest in this film.

Captain Underpants

June 2, 2017

Evidently fans of the books are very excited for this film. I’ve never read the books so I am not excited, but hopefully DreamWorks will make something good.

Cars 3

June 16, 2017

I think the Cars movies are well suited for little kids, but this one has a much darker teaser trailer. I think it is part of a dream or flashback sequence, but hopefully Pixar will make Cars 3 the best of the Cars movies.

Despicable Me 3

June 30, 2017

I’m glad to be getting Gru and the girls back after the disaster of Minions. It’s interesting that in the trailer there were very few of the yellow guys. Just be funny. That’s all I ask.

Blazing Samurai

August 4, 2017

This keeps getting pushed back, because I believe the production company filled for bankruptcy. Don’t know much else.

The Emoji Movie

August 8, 2017

Where do I begin? How about the character’s strange looking legs or the fact a character in a major animated film is named Poop Daddy. Also Jailbreak is a total copy of Wyldstyle from Lego Movie. Even if by some miracle The Emoji Movie turns out good it still represents the worst trends in Hollywood right now.

Lego Ninjago Movie

September 22, 2017

I was moderately looking forward to this until the short before Storks, which I thought was super lame.

My Little Pony: The Movie

October 6, 2017

I love the TV series, especially seasons 1-3, so I am hopeful for this film. I hope the writing is good and it looks pretty. It’s nice to see a 2D animated film from a major studio.

Coco

November 22, 2017

I am very intrigued on this new Pixar film. I love that it celebrates Dia de los Muertos and that it has a latino cast. The musical elements sounds intriguing, so sign me up! This is definitely my most anticipated animated film of 2017.

The Star

December 8, 2017

I don’t know much about The Star except it is a nativity story, which could be good around Christmas. I’m intrigued.

Ferdinand

December 22, 2017

We don’t know much about Ferdinand except that it is about a shy little bull who is picked for the bull fights in Madrid. It could be good. We will see.

The Breadwinner

Unknown 2017 date

Done by the team who made Song of the Sea and The Secret of the Kells, this is about an Afghani girl who must dress as a boy so she can support her family. Yes, please!

Loving Vincent

Unknown 2017 date

Each of the 65,000 frames of this film are oil paintings on canvas! I am a huge van Gogh fan, so I have been intrigued by this project for some time. It sounds fascinating!

So there you have it! What animated films are you looking forward to in 2017? Which films do you think look like a disaster in the making? Let’s talk about it in the comments section.

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  • I can’t believe, eight months later, that’s still the most we’ve ever seen from the Captain Underpants movie so far.

    I hope that means Dreamworks is making it awesome but honestly i’d just be happy to see it at all.

    • Rachel Wagner

      It is kind of strange especially with a fan base that is so eagerly anticipating it.

      • Dante Panora

        I loved that series when I was a kid, but even without having read the books in nearly a decade, the source material was very well, juvenile, to say the least.

  • Phin68

    I take it that 2017 is just the calm before 2018 and 2019 hit. Because animation is about to be HUGE during those years.

    But I guess for the sake of it, I’ll be looking into Coco, Cars 3, eventually Ocean Waves, Lego Batman, and (I’m sorry Rachel) The Boss Baby. Everything else just isn’t clicking yet.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I do agree 2017 being the calm before the storm just like these past few years have been for feature animation.

    • Rachel Wagner

      That’s ok. You are allowed to be excited for Boss Baby :). I think you might be right about the calm before the storm. It’s a good point

      • Just hope The Boss Baby is the calm before the storm regarding DreamWorks getting out of their 20th Century deal, and the quality of their films increase.

        • Firecat

          Explain?

          • Ever since their deal with 20th Century Fox in 2013, DreamWorks has consistently lost money, countless layoffs were made, and only a few of their films were hits. A lot of people blame the marketing for these failures, so Universal will probably handle DreamWorks better.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I only saw the Croods, Turbo, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 since the deal was made.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I saw the trailer last week for Boss Baby before Lego Batman. Doesn’t look that funny to me

    • Dante Panora

      Just curious, but what about those years will make it big for animation?

      • Manuel Orozco

        All I can say is wait and see

      • Phin68

        We’re getting The Incredibles II, Shrek 5, Toy Story 4, Wreck-it Ralph 2, How to Train Your Dragon 3, and The Lego Movie Sequel to name a few. And that’s not including all the original projects on the way. It’s going to be big.

        • Manuel Orozco

          I’m looking forward to all you mentioned except Shrek 5.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Also don’t forget in 2019 we might also get Frozen 2

          • Phin68

            Well, maybe. We won’t know for sure until D23 next year.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Or sooner. I’m just assuming because Disney Animation recently announced an untitled release for Thanksgiving 2019.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m looking forward to Lego Batman, Smurfs Lost Village, the threequels to Cars & Despicable Me and Lego Ninjago.

  • I’m looking most forward to on this list Beauty and the Beast, Coco, and definitely Lego Batman (them trailers is FUNNY!!) and a tiny bit of the MLP movie (gotta see a trailer before being hooked) so besides that I’m just patiently waiting to see how 2017 will do….

  • Far more misses than hits in this list. We’ll see how 2017 goes.

    • Ryan Prieto

      As it usually is in my opinion, but on that note, I agree. Seeing it laid out like this is effecting for sure.

    • Rachel Wagner

      Yeah as someone who sees all the animated films I’m hoping some more indies and anime get announced or it could be rough

  • Tt

    Lol Beauty and the Beast has more Animation than Monster Trucks. I’m still confused why Monster Trucks is considered an animated movie? It’s less animated than Transformers.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m confused about Monster Trucks too. Trailers look corny

    • Rachel Wagner

      I guess because it started out as an animated film it was on our lists.

  • I’ve seen Ocean Waves and found it disappointing, the characters weren’t very likable so I didn’t think their relationships were believable. But maybe a second viewing could change my mind, it’s been awhile.
    But I CAN’T WAIT for My Life As A Zucchini! I’m also looking forward for The Breadwinner, Coco, Loving Vincent, MLP, and maybe Ferdinand. There’s a few others I might see depending on reviews. Oh and I’ll probably see Beauty & The Beast even though I’m not crazy about the design choices either. Either way, 2016 was an AMAZING year for animation so I don’t mind if next year isn’t as plentiful.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I agree about 2016 Brittany. Wasn’t great but still some impressive work. I’ve only seen Zootopia, Kung Fu Panda 3, Finding Dory and Secret Life of Pets. I’m planning to see Sing after Christmas and wait for Moana to come out on DVD.

      • Rachel Wagner

        I recommend seeing Kubo and the Two Strings as well

        • Manuel Orozco

          I already have it on my DVD Netflix list. But I’m going to wait a while to see it since it’s on long wait. Kubo looks strikingly animated and epic. Kung Fu Panda 3 is the best animated film I’ve seen this year. Maybe Sing will be great too and I plan to see it after Christmas.

          • Rachel Wagner

            Cool. I think Kung fu Panda 3 is way underrated

          • Manuel Orozco

            I get what you mean. It lived up to the greatness of the previous two, increased the fun magnitude and gave us a bit of what we waited nearly a decade to see.

          • Firecat

            What’s that?

          • Manuel Orozco

            Figure it out yourself

          • Firecat

            I can’t

          • Firecat

            Hmmm, let me guess-Po’s biological father?

          • Manuel Orozco

            Yes and Po’s climatic transformation

          • Firecat

            Not to mention his change of pants

          • Manuel Orozco

            Meanwhile, Zootopia, Secret Life of Pets and Finding Dory were equally good as each other but I didn’t find them that great.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Hey Rachel I watched Kubo almost two weeks ago and I loved it

          • Rachel Wagner

            Yay! Glad to hear it

          • Manuel Orozco

            It was action packed, occasionally humorous, astonishingly animated and heartfelt. Perhaps the best stop motion film I’ve ever seen.

    • Jeremiah

      Exactly. We’ve had a lot of meh animation years looking back. This year we got some remarkable stuff, not just good but pushing-back-the-limits-good. And 2018 should be amazing, we got Wreck it Ralph 2, Gigantic, and Incredibles 2 (Aaaa-leja!)

      • Manuel Orozco

        Amen for 2018

    • Rachel Wagner

      That’s interesting to hear about Ocean Waves. I’m glad to find someone else who is excited for the indies!

    • Yep. 2016 was a great year for animation. Even though some of them were real stinkers, the ones that were good were really good. The sheer amount of movies that came out this year was also quite impressive. I personally see 2017 as, meh.

  • Ryan Prieto

    I am so very excited for Coco. I have not felt like this about an animated film in years. I will certainly check out quite a few of these films, especially the more independent titles. Some of these titles are going to be a great deal of fun. Great commentary Rachel.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I do love Pixar’s features but I’m not really enthusiastic about Coco. Mainly because although I’m Hispanic, my family doesn’t celebrate Day of the Dead.

      • Ryan Prieto

        Perhaps it will win you over when it is closer to release.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Who knows

        • Manuel Orozco

          Also I do hope Pixar knows what they are doing releasing Coco on Thanksgiving after what happened last year with Good Dinosaur. Why couldn’t they just schedule it for October to concide with Day of the Dead?

          • Rachel Wagner

            Yeah that is a little confusing

          • Manuel Orozco

            I thought so. Not to mention, Good Dinosaur wasn’t the big moneymaker Pixar usually makes. I don’t blame the fact that Pixar had just released the superior Inside Out.

          • It is a bit strange to not release it closer to it’s holiday, but both Frozen & Moana were Thanksgiving
            releases, so financially it’s a pretty safe spot for a musical family movie. The Good Dinosaur had a lot going against it with the early unfavorable reviews and poor word-of-mouth from parents.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I don’t remember hearing about poor word of mouth from parents. But you got a point there about musical family films since Disney has had success in the month of November for the last nine years. Not just with Frozen and Moana but Enchanted, Tangled and the Muppets as well. Also, I saw the Good Dinosaur back in April on DVD Netflix. I wasn’t in a fan commitment to seeing it in theatres last holiday season.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Did you understand what I said last week?

          • Hmm? Your comment about not seeing Good Dinosaur in theatres? Sorry, I read it, but I guess I couldn’t think of anything else to add. Has been a busy week. ^^’

          • Manuel Orozco

            I forgive you. I was being super patient for you to reply anyway. So as I was saying I don’t remember hearing poor word of mouth from my parents.

          • Ohhh okay. I saw complaints online (facebook or online reviews) that some parents were saying it was too sad or too dark and their kid burst into tears and had to leave. Or they didn’t like the weird hallucinogenic drug reference. I saw other people who after watching the trailer saw it as anti-evolution, bringing to mind that recent Creationist museum that was in the news….that museum that claims humans & dinosaurs really lived at the same time not long ago. They outright refused to have their kids watch it. I know the movie is a harmless fantasy though, maybe it’s just poor timing. I don’t know if that’s why the movie didn’t make money, but that’s what I saw. Maybe everyone thought like you and just didn’t want to see it in the theatre. I think it has made some money in home sales.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Didn’t occur to me plus I ended up seeing Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 on Black Friday. I’m not a big doom gloom person myself. The #1 thing I want from a movie is fun. Luckily, I did see that Lion King and Bambi Deja vu rolled into one coming. But that could not ruin my enjoyment so easily. Also that berry hangover scene was ten times chessier than the Pink Elephants in Dumbo (happy 75th anniversary). I also found the boy dog love story reversal to be touching and corny at the same time.

          • Yeah I thought the movie was pretty harmless and had it’s cute moments. Oh yeah, then there’s the thing about how weird it was to have the gummy-bear dinosaurs on a hyper-real backgrounds. Dunno, I wasn’t crazy about the story, but the little boy was indeed cute.

          • Manuel Orozco

            You mean Arlo and Spot. The realistic backgrounds reminded me of Dinosaur back when I was little. The movie’s refreshing aspects were nature’s dark side as a symbol of Arlo’s fears as well as the occasions of silence is golden. Bright side is his father Henry’s death was not part of some treacherous evil plot like Scar planned to take over the Pridelands when he tried to kill Simba and Mufasa. I wasn’t crazy about the story either.

          • Manuel Orozco

            But of course, Good Dinosaur was still entertaining but I’ve seen better stuff from Pixar. And like most classics from the studio, all ends happily despite a terrible loss. It would have been much better if production went steady as usual but last minute changes were made.

          • Yeah it did give off the impression that it had a lot of earlier ideas that got watered down in an odd way after the changes. Can’t win em all.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Right. The only element they kept was Francis McDormand as Arlo’s mom. Like I said, it was enjoyable but would have been better if things behind the scenes went smoothly.

          • Manuel Orozco

            One last thing, let’s just hope we don’t hear bad word of mouth from parents when Cars 3 comes out in June.

          • Well, I can’t stand Cars, so I guess I’ll go hide in a cave that month, haha.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I won’t stop you but I won’t do the same. I’m not super excited about Cars 3. If I were you, I would be ready for some fun filled races (that is unlike when Lightning crashes that is), comic relief from Lightning’s friends (I’m not just talking Mater of course), good chance of romance with Sally and possibly an emotional bon voyage to the world of Cars after over a decade.

          • Manuel Orozco

            One final thing about Good Dinosaur real quick. What I didn’t see coming about the death scene was the lightning getting the better of Arlo’s fears and the last father son hurt/comfort moment.

          • Ryan Prieto

            I would assume, that it has to do with seasonal release schedules and projected earnings. Although very fallible, the industry has algorithms which find the perfect release date to go with possible financial return. Which is why some themed (Christmas, Halloween, etc.) won’t release in the months they would relate with the most. Not to mention competition, and market fatigue, which can work for or against you. Unfortunately there is not easy answer. There are a great deal of smart people trying to figure stuff like this out though. I would also love a October release date as well though:)

          • Manuel Orozco

            Well it’s the movie that counts and not the time of year it’s released.

          • Ryan Prieto

            Perfect examples! I do feel that movies like those are not allowed to benefit from the seasonal legacy of that year. I remember when ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ came out, it was so cool to get a holiday movie that went along with the time. I know movies stay in theaters for shorter amounts of time nowadays but perhaps Coco will stick in there.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Thanks for thinking of my examples. I have no objection against your perspective.

    • Rachel Wagner

      Thanks! I can’t wait for Coco also. I’m so excited for Pixar to take on a musical

  • Jeremiah

    ” with Paul Bunyan coming to modern world to save the forest from a greedy land owner. Sigh…”
    And that sigh kind of sums it up.

    • Rachel Wagner

      LOL. It really does.

    • Manuel Orozco

      How corny can that get?

      • Jeremiah

        The whole year is just, “sigh” and “corny.” Here we are in 2017. Yay. This is gonna be the best animation year ever. 😛

        • Manuel Orozco

          Well let’s hope we are given more great movies from this list. I’ve seen a bit of not great but entertaining stuff from last year’s bunch. I have yet to see Moana and Kubo and the Two Strings.

        • Manuel Orozco

          The great animated films I saw were Kung Fu Panda 3 and Sing

          • Jeremiah

            Sing? Not Finding Dory, not flipping Zootopia, Sing? Well, okay, glad you enjoyed it so much. 🙂 Enjoy Moana and especially Kubo, they rock as much as they’re supposed to.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I do hope you keep your word about Moana and Kubo. I did like Dory and Zootopia but I didn’t find them that great as some Disney fans do.

          • Jeremiah

            Our tastes do tend to diverge, we’ll just hafta see.

          • Manuel Orozco

            What do you mean by diverge?

          • Jeremiah

            Are sometimes different or opposites. Like with the live action Cinderella or Bolt.

          • Manuel Orozco

            But like you wait and see

          • Manuel Orozco

            Hey I just watched Kubo and the Two Strings

          • Manuel Orozco

            Hey Jeremiah have you by any chance catches Trolls a few months back?

  • brandon

    I don’t have really any complete thoughts about the 2017 year in animation, other than that the mainstream offerings are more franchise-loaded (a point I’ll touch on in an upcoming article) and that while I agree that 2018 and 2019 are shaping up to be massive years for animation, I woudn’t sit out 2017 just yet.

    Other than that, the LEGO movies (Batman and Ninjago), Smurfs: The Lost Village, Cars 3 (I know, right), and Captain Underpants (heavy nostalgia for that) have my immediate interest. Coco and Boss Baby have my curiosity. I’m still wondering why The Nut Job 2 still exits.

    Oh yeah, and The MLP movie is CG-animated, not 2D-animated. Not even Lionsgate would bet a fraction of their fortune on a medium that’s been declared financially unviable.

    • I believe they planned on a Nut Job 2 before the first one came out, which somehow made over $100 million.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Just to let you know. Nut Job 2’s release date has been pushed back to August 18th.

    • Rachel Wagner

      Where did you read that about MLP? What I had read is it would be in the style of the show

    • Rachel Wagner

      What I read is they are using a software called Harmony. “On top of that, expect the actual animations themselves to be much smoother, with more detailed backgrounds and environments, and a more advanced “3d” feel for your 2d ponies.” So the ponies will be 2D

      • brandon

        Or at most, CG made to look like 2D. Lionsgate would be committing the industrial equivalent of suicide if they tried a fully-2D movie. That’s just a harsh truth.

        • Rachel Wagner

          Yeah but I think it will be a more polished version of the 2D look of the show and that’s something at least

        • Rachel Wagner

          Even indie ‘2D’ films use flash and other computer software unless you are Bill Plympton or someone like that. To me if it has that flat look it counts as 2D

  • Yeah, and I’m not even that excited about the live-action movies next year, much less these animated ones.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m not excited for Monster Trucks or Beauty and the Beast at all.

      • Same here. Monster Trucks looks trash while Beauty and the Beast just looks like a live-action / CG update of the original. I saw nothing unique.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Although I did love Emma Watson as Hermoine (happy 15th anniversary to the Harry Potter movies) but her playing Belle isn’t why.

      • I don’t think there is a single soul who is excited for Monster Trucks.

        • Manuel Orozco

          It’s their loss

    • Rachel Wagner

      Yeah hopefully Christopher Nolan will save us with Dunkirk

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’m looking forward to Power Rangers, DC, Marvel, Star Wars Episode 8, Pitch Perfect 3 and the revival of Jumanji.

        • Rachel Wagner

          Yeah the Marvel films look pretty good. I’m excited for episode 8 even though was disappointed by Rogue One. I’m still holding out hope for Wonder Woman. Please be good

          • Manuel Orozco

            Rogue One was really good but it wasn’t as awesome as Force Awakens. I’m not looking forward to Thor Rangarok as much as GOTG Vol. 2 and Spider Man Homecoming. Wonder Woman should be enjoyable along with Justice League.

          • Rachel Wagner

            I love the director of Thor Ragnorak so that goes a long way for me but Guardians 2 I am so pumped for! I haven’t liked any of the DCEU films so cautiously optimistic about Wonder Woman

          • Manuel Orozco

            I loved Man of Steel and seen it twice. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy as well. The last teaser where Drax laughs reminded me a bit of when on the 1998 Thanksgiving show of Friends where Chandler accidently says he loves Monica while she had a turkey on her head.

          • Rachel Wagner

            Baby Groot is my favorite thing ever. Man of Steel I’ve warmed up to. Definitely best of 3

          • Manuel Orozco

            I even have a Baby Groot T shirt

      • Yes! That one looks awesome. I am also looking forward to seeing Split and The Zookeeper’s Wife. And I guess War for the Planet of the Apes.

        • Rachel Wagner

          Oh yeah War of the Planet of the Apes I am very excited for. I love the previous 2.Actually there are a bunch of live action films I am excited for. Just not as many as this year but most of those proved to be disappointing

      • That’s my #15 of my top 15 awaited movies of next year and only because Nolan is directing. Otherwise, war movies generally bore me.

        • Manuel Orozco

          I did like Nolan’s work on his Dark Knight trilogy, the Prestiege and Interstellar. However Dunkirk looks good but not interesting enough.

  • I’m fascinated by the existence of Monster Trucks, it looks awful, but seeing as how it’s been in production for years means someone wanted to make this movie…

    The Emoji trailer looks awful.

    As someone who genuinely enjoys Cars and Cars 2, yeah I’m in on the third.

    Coco looks interesting, and I’m glad to see my people represented.

    Dreamworks must be on some kind of funky stuff considering what they’re coming out with… Let’s see I guess.

    • Rachel Wagner

      That’s a good way to describe Monster Trucks. I am also fascinated by its existence.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m not a Monster Truck person, I enjoyed the previous Cars movies as well but the original has more rewatch material and I agree Emoji looks trashy.

  • TripleStrykeLover

    Seems like Cars 3 is probably going to be the best animated film next year, since the teaser has a darker tone and that’s the thing I love about animated sequels, like how they did with Toy Story 3, Kung Fu Panda 2 and best of all, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Despicable Me 3 and Monster Trucks are probably going to be bad.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I guess we will never know how Cars 3 might turn out. Toy Story 3 and KP 2 were great. HTTYD 2 was as good as the original but it wasn’t that super awesome overall.

  • Yeah……… like everyone else, I’m not excited about 2017 regarding animated films. I am more excited about the Tangled and Big Hero 6 shows more than most of these films.

    I’ll probably get a few laughs out of the Batman movie, but that’s it. I don’t see how Pixar doesn’t pull it through regarding awards next year, unless they really blow it on Cars 3 and Coco, which are of course the two I am looking forward to the most. The Lego Ninja movie seems interesting enough. Ferdinand seems interesting, but Blue Sky could easily blow it. Never been a fan of Illumination, and think they have milked the Despicable Me franchise long enough.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m more excited for Big Hero 6 than Tangled

      • Same here. There’s a lot of material for a Big Hero 6 tv series. I am sure Tangled will be just fine, but I see more potential and excitement for BH6.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Agreed. And moments for Hiro’s friends to shine

    • Rachel Wagner

      Those series do sound like a lot of fun; although, I am still puzzled by Rapunzel’s hair

      • Manuel Orozco

        I do like her better blonde than brunette

        • Rachel Wagner

          Yeah but it is just confusing to the story

          • Manuel Orozco

            I do understand your concern. I just was a little disappointed Rapunzel had to give up her hairs magic to be free from Gothel and reunite with her real parents.

          • Rachel Wagner

            yeah maybe they found another flower? But it still wouldn’t explain why it is brown again for the wedding in Tangled Ever After

          • Manuel Orozco

            Well let’s just see about it Rachel

          • Rachel Wagner

            Yeah will be interesting to see what they do

          • Manuel Orozco

            I agree. But then again cutting her hair was no other way Gothel could be gone and Rapunzel could see her parents again.

          • Rachel Wagner

            I guess since Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies I’m a bit anxious about it but mostly excited

          • Manuel Orozco

            I did like Tangled but it wasn’t that awesome no disrespect intended. But I am excited for the TV show as well believing it will be fun to get reacquainted with Rapunzel, Eugene, Max and Pascal.

  • What happened to The Red Turtle? I thought that was being released next year.

    • Rachel Wagner

      You are right. I guess I forgot that because I’ve already seen it but I should probably put it on. (It’s so good!)

      • I think it’s coming out in limited release sometime in January.

  • The one movie that I’m really interested in seeing besides Pixar’s Coco is The Breadwinner!! I just absolutely adore a lot of the work that Cartoon Saloon has put out including their latest TV show Puffin Rock!! Their style in animation has really become one of my all time favorite styles and the stories they tell along side along with the beautiful soundtracks are just heartwarming! I can just tell that this one is going to be a winner.

    • Rachel Wagner

      I completely agree. I think Song of the Sea is a masterpiece. I need to watch Puffin Rock! I’m so glad there are other people anticipating The Breadwinner

      • Me too! The people at Cartoon Saloon really know how to put together such wonderful stories that are kid friendly and that appeals to the adults.

        • Rachel Wagner

          Yeah my nieces love Song of the Sea. People think kids don’t like sad films but they do when done well

          • Manuel Orozco

            I hate to but in on this conversation Rachel but I’m not a big sad movie person myself. Which is why I mostly prefer films with happy endings.

  • Dave 52

    Looking forward to a majority of the films here. Specifically Lego Batman, Smurfs: The Lost Villiage, The Boss Baby (I really love the 1950s styled cartoony animation and some of the jokes did genuinely make me laugh), Cars 3, Captain Underpants, Deespicable Me 3, Coco, and Lego Ninjago.

    As for The Emoji Movie……..I didn’t hate the trailer. I didn’t like it but it’s not that bad. I mean it IS kind of clever and somewhat funny having Steven Wright, a deadpan and monotone comedian, be the spokesman for a movie that a lot of people are already deadpan about. So it makes perfect sense. It’s like they are kind of aware about how a lot of people are feeling about the film so they are going to deliver the trailer the way people are acting to it. Which may or may not be a bad thing.

    • Rachel Wagner

      I think it was too early to do such a self aware trailer. They need to sell us on the concept before making fun of it.

      • Dave 52

        True. Maybe if they showed us the overall idea of the story and the world they created and then made fun of it afterwards it probably would’ve been more effective. I’m not comparing the two but The LEGO Batman Movie sold us on the concept of the story in the first trailer with minimal self awareness then with other trailers went full steam ahead with it.

  • Marcel

    I also didn’t like the design choices of Beauty and the Beast sofar. Maybe the singing can save it.

    Cars 3 looks like a misleading trailer just like the Good Dinosaur. I ‘m very cautious for this one.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m cautious for Cars 3 as well. Pixar always does misleading teasers! Good Dinosaur was enjoyable but I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece. The teaser last year gave me a positive impression of it’s occasions of cheesiness and silence is golden technique.

    • The trailer was great, but reading the story for it. Cars 3 looks to be an ok movie.

  • Sebastian

    Hmm well this will be quite different from this year. Not that many movies from here that got my attention but things could easily change. However I have no interest whatsoever to go and see the remake of Beauty & The Beast. The trailer didn’t do anything for me. And why would I go and see a movie about a Emolj that’s running around on legs and has arms I mean come on the concept would have been way more appealing with them just being round without any legs/arms.

    The only ones I’m actually curious about are Cars 3, Coco, Ferdinand, Rock Dog & Lego Ninjago. Cars 3 cause I loved the first movie as young and cause it will focus on Mcqueen’s strong memories of Doc, could be very interesting if executed well. Coco cause I remember seeing a very early animation test in D23 2015 and the world that was shown in the clip was very vibrant and looked like a lot of fun, I hope they will surprise the audience with this one just as much as Cars 3. Ferdinand could turn out to be a nice surprise but you never know with Blue Sky. Rock Dog actually seems very cute and likeable to me. I like the designs on the characters and while the animation might not be anything grand I have hopes the story will be something to remember. And the last one simply just because I actually like the concept of a Lego Ninjago film. But also The Breadwinner & maybe, maybe the Smurfs film.

    But I have a question what is happening to the movie Animal Crackers?

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well I don’t know if I will see Fernidad. I’m only familiar with the story because of the Blind Side (when Sandra Bullock as Leigh Ann compares Michael to the title character) but I loved the Peanuts Movie last year.

    • Right? I saw a poster for Animal Crackers, but it seems the whole thing is gone.

  • Most excited for:
    -LEGO Batman
    -Despicable Me 3
    -Beauty and the Beast
    -The Breadwinner

    The others I don’t care about, especially Surf’s Up 2. That looks really bad, even worse than the Emoji Movie.

    • Rachel Wagner

      It really looks horrible. It’s like they just put random stuff in a bin and put them together. ‘Let’s mix Surf’s Up with wrestling. Match made in heaven…” Groan

    • Surf’s Up was the only great film by Sony Animation. I have no clue why they’re doing a new one, 10 years later, with freakin’ WWE people. I guess… money.

      • What isn’t about money with these studios? They’ll throw out absolutely anything, no matter how bad it is. I mean, Nut Job 2? Cars 3? Those are perfect examples of that.

        • Yep. As far as Cars 3 goes, it should have been Cars 2. I mean it looks like a logical squeal to the first one. Cars 2 seemed like a spin-off (and a bad one at that). But yeah, it’s all about the money.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXDwIo5_AMo

  • Marielle

    Good job Rachel listing all these movies! I happen to agree with your assessments 100% 🙂

    • Rachel Wagner

      Thanks!

  • ScratStitch

    The Boss Baby isn’t opening March 3rd. It opens March 31st.

    Similarly, The Emoji Movie comes out August 4th, not August 8th.

    And this article makes it seem like Surf’s Up 2 is coming to theaters. It isn’t. It’s going straight-to-disc.

    • Manuel Orozco

      And the Nut Job 2 has been pushed back to August 18th

  • lillypad2114

    Beauty and the beast😍
    Lego Batman😎
    Loving Vincent😲

    Other than that, these films alre almost ALL skips for me. I personally won’t see DM3 in theaters out of Illumination #1. Doesn’t need my money as it knows how to do that just fine. #2. Every one of their movies I watch just feels medicore besides the first DM which was original and had some actual heart. Now it feels all their movies are a manufactured and meaningless as a truffula tree being mangled into a Thneed. Idk nothing about them turns my crank. I would rather watch Rio or Storks over DM2 or Sing. I understand that there will always be cartoony movies but it doesn’t mean I need to support them. I will support Moana, Fantastic beasts, even Trolls but not their movies as they just annoy me. And as Nostalgia critic has said, you vote with your dollar and for me I would like to see more Moana and Zootopia than:
    Minions: Hahah bottom.
    Kinda curious about MLP and Coco (they have biiiig visual shoes to fill thanks to the book of life.)

    • Rachel Wagner

      Yeah I don’t disagree on Illumination. They are the fast food of animation. They make easily digestible, mildly entertaining films but have yet to wow me.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’ve seen all their movies except Hop. The best Illumination has done so far is DM 2 and Sing.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Lego Batman was as good as the first Lego movie. Was Trolls good?

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  • Tory

    Most excited for:
    Lego Batman movie
    Breadwinner

    Slightly interested in:
    Coco
    My Little Pony (I too am a fan of MLP: Friendship is Magic)

    The thing that gets to me about Coco is how the main character wants to be a musician while the Book of Life also held a similar idea for it’s main lead. Either way I’ll wait until an official trailer comes out.

    To be honest this upcoming smurfs movie where they’re just having adventures in their own world should’ve been like this from the start. Enchanted did a wonderful job in dealing with this type of trope but when done wrong (like the Smurfs) it just seems incredibly lazy and over done. Sure this new movie still has a bunch of cliche jokes and such but at least the animated characters aren’t second fiddle in their own franchise i.e Michael Bay’s Transformers and the past ‘The Smurfs’ movies.

    • Rachel Wagner

      Glad to see someone else is excited for The Breadwinner!

    • Manuel Orozco

      I liked the Lego Batman movie last week. I also liked the first two Smurf movies but I didn’t them totally Smurftacular (joke intended). Lost Village should be able to top them! The two writers who did the previous Smurf movies are co-writing Disenchanted the sequel to Enchanted beginning production this summer.

  • I have to say… meh. There’s not a single film I’m excited for. I’m a little interested in a few, like Coco (because Pixar), DM 3 (I liked the 1st one), Rock Dog (it has a good director), and maybe Lego Batman and Cars 3. Otherwise, all these look bad or just not interesting.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I only saw the trailer for Rock Dog when I went to see Max Steel two months ago. It didn’t look that interesting to me.

      • The story looks predictable and the animation is only so-so, but it looks cute and has some good potential. Hold on, you actually saw Max Steel?

        • Manuel Orozco

          Might be a Netflix wait for me. Yes I did see Max Steel. I enjoyed it because of the story and hilarious banter between the two title characters. But it wasn’t all exciting as I had hoped for. Luckily it didn’t completely make me say Go Turbo my a**.

  • That Emoji Movie trailer… WOW! It looks like they’re not even trying. It looks horrible.

    • Rachel Wagner

      Yeah agreed. It was worse than I could have imagined

      • I think Sony knows how bad it is. So they’re are either not going to give a flying fig about marketing it properly, or joke about how people think of it.

        • Manuel Orozco

          My best guess joke about what people think. Luckily I’m more excited for the Smurfs Lost Village and we will see which marketing gets the last laugh.

          • Agree. Smurfs could be quite decent. It looks like Sony tried and put actual effort into it. I saw the Emoji trailer last night when I saw Sing and people were literally laughing at the trailer. Not good at all!

          • Manuel Orozco

            Might turn out better than the two live action animated hybrid movies. Let’s hope they took notes from the Peanuts Movie. How was Sing by the way?

          • Agree. I must say, Sing was actually very good. It was hilarious and heartfelt. They were able to give enough enough backstory to characters so we care for them. I wish the pacing were not so fast and some of the song choices could’ve been better. On the whole, I really liked Sing and I want to see it again. As of now, it’s #3 best on my list, right behind Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I agree on backstory and I didn’t mind the song choices. Sing to me was better than Secret Life of Pets as well.

          • I prefer Pets because I felt that one was a bit more emotional. As of now, this would be my top 7 best animated movies of the year:

            1. Zootopia
            2. Pets
            3. Sing
            4. Dory
            5. Kubo
            6. Panda 3
            7. Moana

          • Manuel Orozco

            I still haven’t seen Kubo and Moana and I’m okay with your choice.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Also if you want to know my best movies of 2016 period here they are in chronological order
            1) Kung Fu Panda 3
            2) Captain America: Civil War
            3) TMNT: Out of the Shadows
            4) Star Trek Beyond
            5) Sing

          • Manuel Orozco

            Hey I watched Kubo last Wednesday and I loved it

  • Ross Jones

    The people who made The Master short for Storks aren’t the same people who are actually making The Lego Ninjago movie so thats a plus

    • Manuel Orozco

      I am looking forward to Ninjago but I did not bother to see Storks. Storks looks corny even if I’m familiar with the Stork concept from Dumbo (happy 75th anniversary). Merry Christmas by the way

      • Merry Christmas Manuel. I saw Storks and it was just ok. Not worth seeing.

        • Manuel Orozco

          I’ll take your word for it and have a Merry Christmas to you too

      • Ross Jones

        You should try and see it. It actually was very funny and cute take on the tale. And it had a lot of heart. Merry Christmas to you too.

        • Manuel Orozco

          No thanks

    • Rachel Wagner

      That’s very good to know. Thanks for sharing that

  • Alex Walters

    I’d like to make a comment on this article, rather on the list it contains. I appreciate the condensed list of animated films coming out this year, but it was painful reading through the list with a lot of extremely subjective commentary. Giving your opinion is one thing, but outright degrading a movie because of a prequel that You personally didn’t like is distracting.

    I apologize if this comment is out of place or if my opinion is not something anyone else agrees with.

    • Rachel Wagner

      Sorry you didn’t like the format. I was asked to provide my expectations and opinion on the films so that is what I tried to do.

    • Rachel Wagner

      I also said I was glad to be getting Gru and the girls back after Minions. That to me is positive!