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7 Most Anticipated Animations of 2019

2019 has been a great year for animated films at the box office and these last few months are looking to continue this trend. We had incredibly anticipated franchises returning to cinemas such as Toy Story, The Lego Movie and How To Train Your Dragon.

Over the last decade or so, animated films designed for children have proved that they are capable of entertaining adults

Most notably, the live-action remake of The Lion King is currently topping the list of the highest grossing animated features of 2019.

Could these upcoming animated films take the crown?

iTHINK brings to you 7 most anticipated animations of 2019.

Spies in Disguise (Christmas Day 2019)

Starring Will Smith and Tom Holland, Spies in Disguise was originally supposed to be released at the start of this year however it has been pushed back to Christmas Day 2019.

This animated feature tells the story of international superspy Lance Sterling and his nerdy sidekick Walter Beckett, voiced by Smith and Holland respectively.

Lance accidentally gets turned into a pigeon and must figure out how to save the world but as an insignificant bird. With Rashida Jones and Karen Gillan, Spies in Disguise is shaping up to be a funny riff on the superhero narrative.

Check out the trailer below:

Klaus (8th November)

Klaus is the first original animated film made by Netflix. It is essentially a wacky Father Christmas origin story from the director of Despicable Me with innovative 2D effects.

Lazy postman Jesper gets exiled to the North Pole to launch the postal service where he meets the mysterious toymaker Klaus (voiced by the excellent, Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons).

It has been remarked that the film has a Disney vibe with stunning lighting and texturing effects.

The film is a comedy but is also aiming to create a moral message about the power of goodwill to connect back to the spirit of Christmas.

This is Netflix’s first animated feature film so it will be interesting to see how successful it is.

Check out the trailer below:

The Addams Family (11th October)

This animated reboot of comedy-horror The Addams Family will be in cinemas next month. Featuring a huge variety of famous voices, from Nick Kroll to Bette Midler, this remake is looking confident and a perfect pre-Halloween cinematic release.

With the iconic ensemble back together, The Addams Family looks to introduce a whole new generation to this hysterically spooky family.

The addition to this re-boot is the character Margaux Needler, an arrogant TV show host voiced by Allison Janney. It’s crazy to realise that this franchise has been going since the 1960s, but there seems to be something about this freaky family which still resonates with audiences who love comedy and horror.

Accompanied by a soundtrack featuring Snoop Dogg, Migos and Christina Aguilera, this film is looking to be one of the most anticipated animated features of 2019.

Check out the trailer below:

 

Abominable (11th October)

Produced by DreamWorks in collaboration with Pearl Studio, Abominable looks to be a heartfelt story about a Yeti who must return to its family.

This animated feature has been in production since 2010 but this film looks to be a perfect Winter film for children and adults alike.

Set in Shanghai, teenager Yi (Chloe Bennet) finds a Yeti and she and her friends name him Everest as they embark on an epic adventure to return him to his family who reside at the highest point on Earth.

However, this adventure film is not without jeopardy, the three teenagers must also protect Everest from a wealthy man and a zoologist (voiced by Eddie Izzard and Sarah Paulson) who want to capture him.

Check out the trailer below:

Cats (20th December)

Cats is an interesting addition to this list as it is probably one of the most anticipated films of 2019.

This musical fantasy film is directed by Tom Hooper and developed from the stage play and T.S. Eliot’s book. The film is created through a mixture of live-action and computer generated animation.

In July, the first-look trailer was released to a sea of mixed reactions. Many said that the mixture of the live-action and CGI effects to mould the stars into cats was creepy and put them off the film.

However, the film boasts a star-studded cast of familiar faces such as Ian McKellen, singer Jennifer Hudson and international pop icon Taylor Swift.

I am very keen to see the reactions after the film’s release on 20th December.

Check out the trailer below:

Frozen 2 (22nd November)

The long-awaited follow-up to the 2013 smash hit Frozen, comes Frozen 2. Set three years after the events of the first film, Elsa is drawn to a strange sound coming from the North.

The gang, Anna, Kristoff, Sven and the snowman Olaf, together embark on a journey beyond their home of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers.

At Disney’s D23 Expo this year, the directors shared with the audience that the sequel will address the fundamental questions posed by the first film such as: Why does Elsa have powers and Anna does not? Where were Anna and Elsa when their parents died?

The film will help uncover these mysteries and hopefully, the follow-up will be as good as the original. What is certain though, is the significant increase in Frozen merchandise as we get closer and closer to its release date.

It hasn’t been revealed yet but it is interesting to ponder whether there will be a song on the soundtrack as memorable as ‘Let It Go’…

Check out the trailer below:

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmaggedon (18th October)

The last film on this list is one which I am truly looking forward to. The first Shaun the Sheep film released back in 2015 was a surprise hit with young children and adults alike.

It captured what makes animated films so successful and memorable: it had comedy, jokes for adults as well as children, a meaningful narrative which illuminated the pre-existing children’s television series, and tender moments of love and hope.

The sequel introduces a brand new character, Lu-La, an alien with special powers who lands on Earth. The sheep have to find a way to send her back home before an impending alien invasion called Farmageddon.

The majority of the characters are voiced by the talented Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes and Kate Harbour. If the sequel is anywhere as good as the first film, I am confident that cinema go-ers of all ages will enjoy this British gem of a franchise.

The animated film release schedule for the second half of 2019 looks fairly promising indeed. With awards season coming up from January 2020, it will be great to watch and read which films are feeling the awards buzz.

Check out the trailer below:

It is important to reiterate that frequently animated feature films get shoe-horned into the category of children’s films which becomes associated with the idea that they are not good films.

But, of course, over the last decade or so, animated films designed for children have proved that they are capable of entertaining adults, using sophisticated software and effects alongside heartfelt and hilarious storytelling and worthy of being nominated at the big awards ceremonies.

Do not be put off by the fact that animated films are usually made for a younger demographic: a good animated film will cater for all audiences.

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