With the incredible line up of animated films set to release in 2019, it will be a good year to take the whole family to the movies. The year offers abandoned theme parks come to life, the return of Andy’s beloved toys and worlds filled with dragons, spies, angry birds and more!
Not included in our guide, but still worth mentioning are Walt Disney Pictures‘ live action remakes of classic animated films. 2019 will see live action versions of “Dumbo” and “The Lion King” with “Mulan” set to follow in 2020.
The following list may change in the months to come and it’s likely that even more animated fare will be added. Here’s seven upcoming releases, though, that we’re really looking forward to.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
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Emmet Brickowski (Christ Pratt) must once again summon the Master Builder inside himself to defeat Duplo invaders who have transformed Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. But first, Emmet must accept the chaos happening around him and admit that everything is not awesome.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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Toothless gets a girlfriend, and she’s a Light Fury (as opposed to his Night Fury). Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is now the chief of Berg, where humans and dragons coexist peacefully. This time around, Hiccup and Toothless will have to travel to a clandestine kingdom even as a dragon-hunter sets his sights on Toothless.
Dean DeBlois returns to direct “The Hidden World” after writing and directing the first two entries in the series. In this third installment, many stars reprise their roles, including Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut Thorston, Cate Blanchett as Valka, and Jonah Hill as Snotlout Jorgenson.
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Brianna Denski headlines “Wonder Park” as the voice of June, a creative and curious little girl who stumbles upon a spectacular abandoned amusement park called Wonderland. There’s no telling where her imagination will take her, or the audience.
“Wonder Park” boasts a voice cast that also includes Jennifer Garner and Matthew Broderick as June’s parents.
Toy Story 4
Andy’s toys are back at it with Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear. But are they even Andy’s toys anymore? Details on “Toy Story 4” are few and far between, but the plot is said to have to do with Woody’s long-lost love, Bo Peep. Annie Potts voiced the character in the first two “Toy Story” movies, but she was given away at some point between “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3”.
The Secret Life of Pets 2
From returning director Chris Renaud, get ready for more secret lives of pets. In the first film, Max’s (Patton Oswalt) perfect life gets ruined by Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a new dog from the pound. The two try to get rid of the each other and wind up having the adventure of their lives. The second film will no doubt bring back the same humor and zany antics.
Spies in Disguise
Imagine smooth and debonair Will Smith as a secret agent who teams with goofy and nerdy Tom Holland. Welcome to “Spies in Disguise”. Lance Sterling (Smith) is a suave agent working in the field. He’s good at catching bad guys and being generally awesome. Meanwhile, Walter Beckett (Holland) is a bumbling tech guy who makes all the radical and innovative gadgets. When the two pair up, there is no stopping them, once they figure out how to work together.
Nick Bruno, animator on the “Ice Age” franchise teams up with storyboard artist Troy Quane to cidirect an animated spy flick with a little something for everyone.
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Based on the beloved mobile phone game, “Angry Birds” made the transition to the silver screen in 2016 with “The Angry Birds Movie”. When an island of flightless, happy birds are visited by some mean, green piglets, the bids uncover a plot to have all their eggs stolen. Fortunately, Red (Jason Sudeikis) is a naturally suspicious and grumpy bird,and it soon falls to him to gather a team and get the eggs back.
Cheryl Bauder is a contributing intern at Moviebill. She studied English Literature at California State University, Long Beach and previous wrote for 22 West Magazine, specializing in movie reviews.