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Animated Features in 2018!

Happy New Year! 2017 was a good year for animation, but there's a lot to look forward to in 2018 as well! Some that are sequels from long ago and others that leave us in full wonderment. Listed below are only a few of animations you can keep an eye out for in the next year!

1. Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad 


Release date: April 27, 2018

Dreaming of becoming the Top Dog of a delivery service in the arctic, Swifty must prove himself. During his mission on doing so he encounters almost every arctic animal you can think of, and they join together to stop the evil walrus to save the day!

Directed by Aaron Woodley and produced by AMBI Group and AIC Studios the Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad trailer can be seen here!


2. Sherlock Gnomes


Release date: March 23, 2018

Directed by John Stevenson, Sherlock Gnomes is about one Gnomeo and Juliet who move into a garden with all their gnomes to live happily ever after! When they find they have all disappeared, they hire the only one they knew would solve the mystery, "The greatest ornamental detective"!

Check out the trailer that brought to us by Paramount Pictures here!



3. Incredibles 2


Release date: June 15, 2018

Normal is a hard type of life to lead when there is so much crime to fight, and this family is back at it! Mr. Incredible stays home to watch the kids, as Elastigirl and Frozone find ways to tackle the new villian, The Underminer!

Directed by Brad Bird and brought to us by Disney Pixar, the Incredibles 2 trailer can be seen here!


4. Smallfoot


Release date: September 28, 2018

Yeti's really do exist in this animated feature directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, and they are on the hunt for the mythical creatures know as "Smallfoot", otherwise known as humans! The fame that Migo's stories of this creatures makes him even more determined to prove his tale to the Yeti community. 

"Yeti or not..." Warner Bros. Studios has the trailer ready to watch here!


5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


Release date: December 14, 2018

Peter Parker's passing leaves a teenager with the struggle of balancing high school with his duties as a superhero. Directed by Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman and produced by Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Marvel Entertainment, Arad Productions, Pascal Pictures, this large team shows us what the Spider-Verse is all about in this comic-book style animation.

Watch the teaser trailer here!


Be sure to keep an eye out for all the other animated features being released this year, we have a lot more to look forward to! Check out a few more here!


Summer 2017's Animation Blockbusters

Summer has unofficially kicked off! You know what that's the time for summer blockbusters! We wanted to take a dive into which anticipated animated films will be releasing this summer.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Fox, DreamWorks)
June 2

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is based on the children's novel series of the same name by Dav Pilkey. The film follows two elementary school kids who hypnotize their teacher into thinking he's captain underpants! Stars that will be voicing characters in the film are Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, with Jordan Peele.

Cars 3 (Disney, Pixar)
June 16

The 3rd installment in the Cars franchise follows the life of race cars who have to endure life after a car crash. The voice over cast includes Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Cristela Alonzo, and Armie Hammer. 

Despicable Me 3 (Universal, Illumination)
June 30

Steve Carrell is back in Despicable Me as Felonious Gru, the former villain-turned Anti-Villain League agent. During this film we find Gru feuding against a former child star and his long lost upbeat brother. Joining Carrell in the cast is Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, and Julie Andrews. 


The Emoji Movie (Columbia, Sony)
Aug 4th

The much anticipated Emoji film will follow the life of an emoji that is capable of expressing more than one emotion. He is determined to become normal, so with the help of his emoji friends, he sets out to become one-emotional in his town of Textopolis! The films voiceover cast includes James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera, Anna Faris, and Patrick Stewart. 

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Open Road, Gulfstream, Red Rover, ToonBox)
August 11

The Nut Job 2 follows park animals that must come together to prevent their mayor from bulldozing their park. The star studed cast includes of the voices of Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias, Jackie Chan, and Katherine Heigl. 

Leap! (Weinstein, L’Atelier)
September 1

Leap follows an 11 year old Parisian orphan, Félicie and her imaginary friend Victor. Félicie dreams of becoming a dancer while Victor has goals to become an inventor. During the film, you see the children take leap of faith in order to follow their passions. The animated film features voices of Maddie Ziegler, Mel Brooks and Carly Rae Jepson.

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Which are you most excited to see?


2017 Oscar Nominated Animated Feature Films + Animated Features Event

The 2017 Award Season is almost over, but before it comes to a close, The Academy must present its Oscars on Feb. 26! This years Best Animated Feature Nominations includes a list of innovative and creative features that included an impressive A list voice over cast. Read more to learn more about this years nominees and to hear about Eric Miller's experience at The Academy's Animated Feature event on Feb. 24th. 



Kubo & The Two Strings

Kubo & The Two Strings, directed and co produced by Travis Knight, is a story about Kubo, a boy with magical powers who goes on a journey to fight off an army of evil spirits with his friends, Monkey and Beetle. The film's voiceover actors include Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey. Kubo & The Two Strings is Laika's 4th feature film. 


Moana is Disney's 56th feature film. Considered one of the front runners for the award, this film brought in almost $600 million dollars in the box office. The story follows Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian chief who is chosen to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. The film also gained popularity for its catchy music which was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i, and Mark Mancina. 

My Life as a Zucchini

My Life as a Zucchini (titled Ma vie de Courgette in France) is a french animated film, directed by Claude Barras. The film is an adaptation of the french novel Autobiographie d'une Courgette, which tells the story of a police officer and his friends who help an orpahan adjust to foster life. 

The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle, produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, is a story about a stranded shipwrecked man who meets a red turtle. The film contains no dialogue and has been praised for its gorgeous animation and simple approach. 


Zootopia, also considered a front runner for the Oscar race, was also produced by Disney. The film's A list voice over cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Eba, Jenny Slate, JK Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira, and many more. The film follows a rabbit police officer and a fox con artist who work together to uncover a disappearance. The film's A list voice over cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Eba, Jenny Slate, JK Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira, and many more.  The film received critical acclaim from both critics and audiences. 


Eric attended the Animated Feature event on Thursday night, where he was able to speak and learn from this year's Oscar nominated directors and producers! Check out his photos from the event below.

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Attendees rush to get books signed by the directors and producers after the event.

Attendees rush to get books signed by the directors and producers after the event.

Zootopia Co-Director Rich Moore, with Producer Clark Spencer behind him on the right.

Zootopia Co-Director Rich Moore, with Producer Clark Spencer behind him on the right.

Zootopia Co-Director Byron Howard doing a little sketch.

Zootopia Co-Director Byron Howard doing a little sketch.

Will you be watching the Oscar's on Sunday night? Which Animated film do you hope wins?