Do you love animation and appreciate how far it has come over the years? Discover all of the known upcoming cartoon movies in our mega list below.
2017 was a great year for animated movies, and now that the year has come to a close, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look at the landscape for all upcoming cartoon movies of 2018, as well as the films that we know about that are coming in 2018 and even 2019.
Looking at the slate of upcoming animated films, it appears as though we have some truly potentially great movies coming soon to a theater near you.
The below list of movies strictly contains new animated movies that are currently slated for release in 2018 and beyond, and we’ll keep this list updated as humanly possible as we learn about new films coming, release date changes, and as we get more details for each of the movies on the list.
So without further ado, check out all of the new animated movies for kids for 2018, 2019, and beyond (and you can find more information about each release below the table!):
|Peter Rabbit||February 9, 2018|
|Early Man||February 16, 2018|
|Isle of Dogs||March 23, 2018|
|Sherlock Gnomes||March 23, 2018|
|Anubis||March 23, 2018|
An American Hero
|April 13, 2018|
|Duck Duck Goose||April 20, 2018|
|The Incredibles 2||June 15, 2018|
|Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation||July 13, 2018|
|Teen Titans Go! To The Movies||July 27, 2018|
|Smallfoot||September 28, 2018|
|The Grinch||November 9, 2018|
|Red Shoes & The 7 Dwarfs||November 17, 2018|
|Ralph Breaks the Internet:
Wreck it Ralph 2
|November 21, 2018|
|Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse||December 21, 2018|
|The LEGO Movie Sequel||February 8, 2019|
|Spongebob Squarepants 3||February 8, 2019|
|How to Train Your Dragon 3||March 1, 2019|
|Amusement Park||March 15, 2019|
|The Billion Brick Race||May 24, 2019|
|Toy Story 4||June 21, 2019|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||November 15, 2019|
|The Secret Life of Pets 2||July 7, 2019|
|Trolls 2||April 10, 2020|
|Scooby-Doo||May 15, 2020|
|Minions 2||July 3, 2020|
|The Croods 2||September 8, 2020|
|Sing 2||December 25, 2020|
|Pepe Le Pew||TBA|
|B.O.O. Bureau of Otherworldly Operations||TBA|
|The Ark and the Aardvark||TBA|
|Ghostbusters Animated Film||TBA|
|The Sword in the Stone||TBA 2019|
|Puss in Boost 2: Nine Lives
& 40 Thieves
Release Date: February 9, 2018
Starring: Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Rose Byrne
Director: Will Gluck
The first full-length animated movie of 2018 comes in the form of Peter Rabbit, which is a mix of live-action and animation. It’s a feature adaptation of the classic tale by Beatrix Potter, which tells of a rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.
Not the most exciting upcoming cartoon movie, to be honest, but the kids seemed to like it.
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne
Director: Nick Park
Early Man tells the story of Dug and his sidekick Hognob as they unite their tribe against a mighty enemy known as Lord Nooth, and his Bronze Age City, to save their home. It’s set during the dawn of time, alongside prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths.
It’s animated using claymation, and it’ll star Maisie Williams, Tom Hiddleston, and Eddie Redmayne — so, at least it has a great cast. Oddly, the film wasn’t received well by critics, receiving mostly middling reviews.
Isle of Dogs
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum
Director: Wes Anderson
Isle of Dogs will follow a boy named Atari Kobayashi and his odyssey in search of his dog, after an executive decree orders all canine pets of Megasaki City to be exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island. It’s set in Japan 20 years in the future.
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Starring: Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt
Sherlock Holmes meets Gnomeo and Juliet, as garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet recruit Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. Having Johnny Depp in your kids movie in 2018 is an impossible sell, and the Gnomeo & Juliet movie was middling, at best, to begin with. Expect this one to be a major flop when it releases in March, and we wouldn’t be surprised if most families skipped this film altogether.
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Starring: Nick Krause, William Salyers
Director: Chris Wedge
Anubis follows Dr. George Henry’s spirit into a creepy underworld inhabited by monsters as his son tries to save him from the mummy’s curse that brought him there. It’s based on the Bruce Zick’s book, “The Anubis Tapestry: Between Twilights”.
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Release Date: April 13, 2018
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Logan Lerman
Director: Richard Lanni
You don’t often see the military tackled in animated films aimed at kids, so this is definitely on our radar. It’s a true story about the most decorated dog in the American military history, named Sgt. Stubby, and the enduring bonds he forged with this brothers-in-arms during World War I. It’ll be interesting to see how the actual war, itself, will be tackled and presented to a young audience.
The marketing behind this one is rather odd, because we haven’t seen a ton from it so far.
Duck Duck Goose
Release Date: April 20, 2018
Starring: Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, Lance Lim
Director: Christopher Jenkins
Duck Duck Goose is an upcoming cartoon movie that will follow a bachelor goose who must form a bond with two lost ducklings as they journey south. If anyone deserves his own animated movie, it’s the hilarious Jim Gaffigan.
Putting Jim Gaffigan in kids movies makes all of the sense in the world, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see this film be a surprise hit. On the other hand, though, the animation looks like every other animal-themed animated movie we’ve seen before.
The film is set to release next week, on April 20th.
The Incredibles 2
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Starring: Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Vowell, Raymond Ochoa
Director: Brad Bird
Jack-Jack has a slew of super powers, and Bob is left to care for him while Helen is out saving the world. The Incredibles 2 will likely be the biggest animated film of 2018, and we can’t wait to see more from it.
Luckily, we’re expecting a brand new Incredibles 2 trailer to be released TOMORROW, so stay tuned to Nerdmuch.com to check it out when it drops.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
The Hotel Transylvania 3 film will see the main cast return, and it will revolve around them all going on a Monster Cruise Ship. The animated flick was just moved up from its original September release date to Summer 2018.
We’re not sure why it’s getting a third movie, but apparently, kids love the franchise.
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
Release Date: July 27, 2018
Starring: Kristen Bell, Will Arnett, Khary Payton, Scott Menvill, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, Tara Strong
Director: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail
The young heroes attempt to thwart a villain’s maniacal plan for world domination as the five teenage heroes dream of Hollywood stardom.
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Starring: Zendaya, Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez, LeBron James, Danny DeVito
Director: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig
A spin on the bigfoot tale, as it’s a yeti who is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” actually do exist. It actually looks pretty good, surprisingly, and it has a great cast including basketball star LeBron James.
Release Date: November 9, 2018
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kaitlyn Maher
How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the cartoon, is getting a reboot, hitting theaters 17 years after the release of the live-action version that starred Jim Carrey. No word on any actors on board the project just yet, but we know Pete Candeland is slated to direct.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
Release Date: November 21, 2018
Starring: Kristen Bell, Taraji P. Henson, Mandy Moore, John C. Reily, Alan Tudyk, Sarah Silverman
Director: Phil Johnson, Rich Moore
There’s not much known about the Wreck-It Ralph sequel other than its release date, director, and cast, but the short synopsis says that “Wreck-It Ralph wrecks the internet”. It’ll take place six years after Ralph and Vanellope saved the arcade from Turbo’s vengeance, at which time the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet breaks. The duo will travel to the internet through Litwak’s Arcade’s brand new Wi-Fi router.
Oddly, there’s not a lot of buzz being generated for this Wreck-it-Ralph sequel, and I have a theory that it has a lot to do with the movie’s awkward title.
2019 Animated Movies
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The LEGO Movie Sequel
Release Date: February 8, 2019
Director: Mike Mitchell
Spongebob Squarepants 3
Release Date: February 8, 2019
Starring: Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass
Director: Paul Tibbitt, Des McAnuff
We don’t have any details on Spongebob Squarepants 3 yet.
How to Train Your Dragon 3
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Gerard Butler
Director: Dean DeBlois
There are hardly any details about the highly anticipated threequel to How to Train Your Dragon, but all we know is that it will continue the adventure of Hiccup and Toothless, and it will include Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Gerard Butler, as well as Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and some more recognizable names.
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Ken Jeong
We don’t have any details on Amusement Park just yet, other than the great cast (which you can see above, of course). We’ll update when we have more details.
The Billion Brick Race
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Toy Story 4
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Starring: Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Patricia Arquette, Tim Allen
Director: John Lasseter, Josh Cooley
The synopsis of Toy Story 4 mentions that Woody and Buzz go on an all-new adventure to find Bo Peep, who was apparently given away. The release date has been confirmed by Disney.
Release Date: TBA
Sony is preparing a CG Popeye that is to be released in 3D. It was being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky who jumped ship over the direction the movie was being taken. We don’t know what sort of trouble we’ll see Popeye in this time around, since the story is being kept hushed for now, although we know Olive Oyl, Bluto and Swee’Pea will all be involved. Without a director, though, it’s extremely unlikely we’ll see Popeye in its originally planned release year of 2016.
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Universal has announced a The Secret Life of Pets sequel that is slated for 2018. Unfortunately, we don’t have any of the story details for it jsut yet, nor do we know who the cast will include (it’s likely most from the original will make their return). We’ll update as soon as we know more.
The Ark and the Aardvark
Release Date: TBA 2018
Starring: Miles Teller
Director: John Stevenson
Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson will helm The Ark and the Aardvark, which will follow the story of Noah’s Ark from a perspective of the animals. The film will center around Gilbert (voiced by Miles Teller), an outcast aardvark who becomes the leader of a group of misfit animals on their way to the ark. While on his journey to the Ark, Gilbert will discover his own inner strength.
Trolls 2 has been announced, and it’s the sequel no one really wanted. Yet, somehow, it’s set for 2020, and even more surprising is that both Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake have agreed to return. At least we’ll get another catchy tune out of it.
Release Date: May 15, 2020 [via Variety]
Director: Tony Cervone
Thankfully, this will be an animated movie and not a live-action Scooby Doo film (because, let’s be honest, those are awful). With it being animation, it at least has the possibility of being successful.
The Croods 2
Release Date: September 8, 2020
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage
The Croods sequel will follow the prehistoric family, The Croods, on a new adventure in a strange new world. It was initially cancelled by Dreamworks, but in September 2017, the production company put it back on their schedule, this time for 2020.
B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations
Release Date: TBA
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Seth Rogen, Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Matt Bomer
Director: Tony Leondis
B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations is a super classified agency that is dedicated to protecting humans from hauntings, with one kicker: the agents are actually ghosts, themselves. Two brand new members of the force (Melissa McCarthy and Seth Rogen) will partner up to take on the agency’s Most Wanted Haunter.
Release Date: TBA
Sony has announced a Danger Mouse cartoon movie is on the way, based on the wildly successful British cartoon series of the same name. There aren’t any story details just yet, but stay tuned.
Ghostbusters Animated Film
Release Date: TBA
A Ghostbusters cartoon movie is on the way, and we now know that it will be directed by newcomer Fletcher Moules, whose only known credits to date are the ongoing series of Clash of Clan commercials. The film is being produced by Ghostbusters co-creator and director Ivan Reitman, according to Slash Film. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the upcoming Ghostbusters animated movie soon.
A dreamer named Melody with a passion for music doesn’t believe in her voice, but when her musical idol Rose Stellar visits her in the park one day, Melody’s life changes forever. We have no idea who will be starring in this musical animated film just yet, but we know it’s in capable hands with Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
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