2016 is looking promising for animation fans. From adaptations such as The Angry Birds Movie to long-awaited sequels such as Finding Dory, it might be hard to keep up with all the great movies set to be released in 2016. With that in mind, here's a list of 10 animation movies to watch out for in 2016.
Ratchet & Clank
The core of many gamers childhood lies within Ratchet & Clank. The game franchise has been around with many years and finally we are getting a beautiful, action-packed movie to feed our nostalgic hunger. If you haven't seen the trailer already, you should definitely do that (and come back) because the film looks absolutely gorgeous. It's nice to have some good animations outside the big dogs of Disney and Dreamworks.
The Angry Birds Movie
When this film was first announced, people were quick to complain and predict atrocity, which is so common nowadays! But after watching the first trailer I was pleased with how it looked. It didn't look as mature as Despicable Me but it didn't look as childish as Planes. With a lovable cast including Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad, we should be in for a funny family movie.
This movie is one animation I have insanely high hopes for! I really think this could be Disney at it's peak. Moana follows the story: "A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui." You already know you're going to laugh and cry at this film. The animation looks like Disney's usual great and with some top-notch casting we have an instant classic on our hands I reckon. Dwayne Johnson plays demi-god Maui and Hawaii native Auli'i Cravalho plays Moana in her first ever feature film! The start of a big career maybe?
Kubo and the Two Strings
Director Travis Knight (ParaNorman, Coraline, The Boxtrolls) has taken on the seat for this animation telling the story of Kuba who is being hunted by Gods and Monsters because of age-old vendetta. To stop them he must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior. Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara and Charlize Theron star in this stellar cast who I reckon will light this tale on our screens next year.
"A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition." This film is the second animation on this list that Matthew McConaughey is in as the Oscar winning actor is quite the busy man lately. He will be joined by a fantastic cast (above) with the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Seth MacFarlane. I'm insanely excited for this one because it's the same studio that brings us Despicable Me and with a cast like that I think it could be the dark horse animation next year.
Zootopia (or Zootropolis in some countries) is, for me, the most promising animation of next year. Playing on the buddy-cop theme with a banter relationship between the fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and the rabbit Bonnie Hopps (Bonnie Hunt). The trailer looks hilarious and beautifully animated. Also, let's be honest, Disney are the top dogs in this game they hardly ever do any wrong, I feel this film will rank among their best from my early impressions!
The Secret Life of Pets
This movie is a bit of a no-brainer and I'm surprised it hasn't been done earlier. The timing is quite perfect though because pets are constantly worshiped online so maybe the timing is impeccable. Either way this film looks great. What do your pets do when you leave for work/school/etc? Well, we'll watch this and find out! The cats and dogs look super cute, expect this movie to do extremely well.
The long-overdue sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo has a similar story that follows the most lovable character from the first movie, Dory in search of family. This will most likely be the king animation of next year with the anticipation building over numerous years.
Kung-Fu Panda 3
When animations go past number 2 I usually lose interest (Excluding Toy Story) but I have to admit, this movie looks like the funniest one yet. Of course Jack Black is back but this time we see his reunion with his dad (Bryan Cranston, amazing casting) and we see a hilarious moment of when they don't recognize each other with totally sold me for this movie. I'll certainly give it a chance.
Norm of the North
This movie is Lionsgate's entry to the animation game next year. This one doesn't look as strong as the others but it's still worth of a chance! The plot would make you think of Madagascar; "Displaced from their Arctic home, a polar bear named Norm and his three lemming friends wind up in New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of a corporation he soon learns is tied to the fate of his homeland." Like the others on this list, I'll give it a chance! I'm excited with the cast though, featuring: Bill Nighy and Ken Jeong. Will they be enough though?
So that's my pick of 10 guys! There are more coming out like: Sausage Party (Paul Rudd), El Americano: The Movie and Pete's Dragon which all look fantastic too! Give them a look and vote for which one you're looking forward to the most below!