We bring you a list of the 10 most anticipated animated movies that 2021 has for us!
The fall season of Hollywood which usually witnesses some of the biggest releases is ready to go all bland as the COVID19 pandemic has taken a major toll on the entertainment industry. We were guaranteed some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters in 2020 but to our dismay, most of the flicks got their release pushed forward.
However, 2021 is shaping up to be a solid year for animated feature films across the board. But don’t settle on the animated movie slate, the calendar year has a lot more to offer. Whether you’re looking for big-budget franchise movies, animated adaptations of your favorite TV characters or video games, movies from your favorite studio Pixar, or some incredible films from overseas, be it Japanese anime or new works from the most acclaimed animation studios. There are quite a few titles to keep track of, so we’ve put them all here for you in one convenient location. We’re not only giving you a heads up on when these movies are due to hit theaters, but also a bit about the story and the talented team behind the scenes.
Director: Hamish Grieve
Production studio: WWE Studios, Reel FX Creative Studios, Walden Media, Paramount Animation
Cast: Becky Lynch, Ben Schwartz, Roman Reigns, Geraldine Viswanathan, Terry Crews
Release date: 29 January 2021
An animated comedy, Rumble is a movie based on a Sports movie that takes us to a world of monsters who reside alongside humans. The movie is about the wrestling matches among the monsters and humans supporting and cheering them.
9) Sing 2
Director: Garth Jennings
Production studio: Illumination
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Matthew McConaughey, Seth MacFarlane
Release date: 2 July 2021
After a whopping, 634 million USD generated at the box office, one of 2016’s biggest hits, Sing is back with a reboot. Sing 2 was originally scheduled to be released on December 25, 2020, by Universal Pictures on April 12, 2019, the date was further pushed away. Nothing yet by the storyline is known.
8) Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Director: Will Gluck
Production Studio: Village Roadshow Pictures, Columbia Pictures
Cast: Margot Robbie, James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Elizabeth Debicki
Release date: 15 January 2021
Beatrix Potter’s book Peter Rabit was adapted into a film in 2018 which was well acclaimed. The family comedy is set to release a spin-off in early 202. Despite his efforts, Peter rabbit can’t seem to relinquish his mischief. Thi story revolves around his adventures out of the garden where he finds himself in a world where naughtiness is appreciated, but soon his family comes to bring him home.
7) Blazing Samurai
Director: Chris Bailey
Production studio: Jam Filled Entertainment, Huayi Brothers, List of Brooksfilms productions
Cast: Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Mel Brooks, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou
Release date: 2021 (Not yet announced)
It’s a story of a muddled dog, Hank, who dreams of becoming a samurai and arrives in a strange land entirely inhabited by cats. He befriends Jimbo, a once-great cat samurai with whom he fights the nefarious warlord Ika Chu.
The Boss Baby 2
Director: Tom McGrath
Production Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Cast: Alec Baldwin, John Flanagan, James McGrath
Release date: 26 March 2021
Dreamworks’ work of art of 2017, Boss Baby is back with further adventures of wisecracking toddler Theodore Templeton. Although not much is known about the mischievous agent’s next mission, Dreamworks Studios had fans waiting for this for four years straight.
5) Sailor Moon Eternal
Director: Chiaki Kon
Production Studio: Toei Animation
Cast: Kotono Mitsuishi, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Shizuka Itô
Release date: 8 January 2021
According to SoraNews24, the film will be “covering the narrative space occupied by the Sailor Moon SuperS episodes of the ’90s anime, which means the arrival of Helios/Pegasus” Kotono Mitsuishi, the original voice actress, will reprise her role as Sailor Moon, while the rest of the characters have been recast.
4) Bob’s Burgers: The Movie
Director: Loren Bouchard
Production studio: Bento Box Entertainment, 20th Century Studios
Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Tina Belcher, Eugene Mirman
Release date: 7 April 2021
Bob Belcher is a third-gen restaurateur who runs Bob’s Burgers with his loving wife and their three children. This movie revolves around further adventures of this hamburger restaurateur and his quirky family.
3) Raya And The Last Dragon
Director: Paul Briggs, Dean Wellins
Production studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Cast: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina
Release date: 12 March 2021
The story is about a mysterious realm called Kumandra, where a fearless and passionate warrior named Raya seeks for the last dragon before Druun an Evil Force Destroys the Realm. The film is currently being developed from remote locations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2) Space Jam: A New Legacy
Cast: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson
Not much known about the plot, in April this year, LeBron James announced on Instagram the title of his very own upcoming film, “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” Like the very lot of us, James fell in love with the movie “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan has decided to star in the spin-off coming after 24 years.
1) Minions: The Rise Of Gru
Director: Kyle Balda
Production studio: Illumination
Cast: Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand, Jean‑Claude Van Damme
Release date: July 2, 2021
The sequel to 2015-superhit movie, Minions is coming to us in another year and it’s not easy to wait. However, the trailer released 6 months ago doesn’t let out much to us about the film’s plot. Revolving around the early days of the Minions with a bold budding burglar, the trailer hinted the release of the film to be around July 2, 2020. The date had to be pushed ahead in the wake of the pandemic.
These are our picks for the top 10. Let us know in the comments which one are you most excited for.