Happy New Year! We are back from the Christmas holiday and diving right back into our daily blog starting with the annual rundown of our most anticipated animated films of 2020. Honestly, looking back, 2019 was a mixed bag in the world of animated cinema. Pixar gave us a satisfying end to the Toy Story ehhh...story but their Disney animations brethren, on the other hand, dropped the ball with Frozen 2. The same could be said for Dreamworks where we loved the third How To Train A Dragon movie but were meh on their new IP, Abominable. 2019 also saw a surprise hit that came out of nowhere in the form of Netflix's Klaus similar to what Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse did a year before. Anyway, enough of 2019. It's a brand new year and thus a host of new animated worlds to visit and stories to be told. Here are the 2020 films we are excited for:
Inside Out was simply one of the best concepts for an animated movie ever conceived in our opinion, so when the majority of the staff that worked on that film teams up once again for a new animated film, you take notice. Soul's story begins when a middle school teacher and jazz musician living in New York City, dies after getting his dream job and becomes a soul on a mission to return back to his body. Jamie Foxx headlines the film and, we are beyond excited based on this team's previous work on Inside Out.
Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the run
The Spongebob Squarepants cartoon will be 21 this coming May and, many would argue that the show lost a lot of its lustre in recent times. 2020 will also the release of the franchise's third major film release with A Spongebob Movie: A Sponge on the Run and it got Keanu Reeves as a tumbleweed. Yep...Neo is a talking tumbleweed that gives sage advice to Spongebob, so of course, the film makes our list. The film releases this May 22.
Bob's Burgers: The Movie
From one movie based on a long-running cartoon series to another. After serving up burgers with a side of hijinks since originally airing on FOX in 2011, the Belchers are finally hitting the big screen with there very own feature film in 2020. The movie is currently scheduled for a July 17 release and with all of the regular cast members reprising their roles. And, that's pretty much all we know about the film at this time but, if it's anything like the TV show, we can't wait for the Belcher's Cinematic debut.
THE Croods 2
The first Croods movie was a surprise success for Dreamworks with the film taking in more than $587 million globally during its 2013 run. So much so, that the development of a sequel was given the green light that same year. Well after years in the incubator the film is finally ready to hatch as The Croods 2 is slated for a 2020 December release.
Pixar makes their second appearance on our list with their animated film about magic and elves, Onward. Starring Avengers: End Game alum Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man), the story will centre around elf brothers on a journey to discover if magic is still real in a modern world that has lost its magical pizzazz. Onward is scheduled for release on March 6th, 2020.
Question? Can you have too many Scooby-Doo iterations? The correct answer is no and lucky for us 2020 will bring us another reboot. Scoob! is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film featuring characters from the Scooby-Doo franchise. If that isn't exciting enough, the film is actually the first entry in a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe which is also planned to include The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Wacky Races. We can't wait to see those meddling kids again.
minions: the rise of gru
Illumination Entertainment's mega-popular, mega-rich Despicable Me franchise will keep on trucking in 2020 with a follow up to 2015's Minions. Titled Minions: The Rise Gru, we can take a pretty good shot in the dark here to say that the film will most likely be about the origin story of Gru (The franchise main supervillain) and how the minions began serving him. Not much else is known about the film at this time but, we do know that the film will hit theatres on July 3, 2020.
Raya and the last Dragon
As stated earlier in the post, we believed that Disney Animation dropped the ball when it came to Frozen 2. Where there were some things to like about the film, we just believed that it lacks some of that creative magic that the studio is known for. Which takes us to Disney Animation's next project, Raya and the Last Dragon. Announced during Walt Disney Studios panel at the D23 Expo, Raya will be an epic fantasy adventure with southeast Asian themes set in a realm called Lumandra. Based on the small details we have heard about the project, the film is shaping up to be something special, the next Mulan perhaps. We will have to wait till Thanksgiving to find out.
And there you have it, 8 animated movies to circle on your calendar. We even ran out time to mention the likes of The Willoughbys, Superman: Red Sons and the new Phineas & Ferb movie. They may not all be great films but, at the very least, 2020 looks to be an exciting year. Lets us know if there are any other animated movies that we should be excited for in the comments below.
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