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2020

Scoob!

Animation veteran Tony Cervone directs this fresh new take on Hanna-Barbera’s popular Scooby-Doo character. With Frank Welker, Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez, Will Forte, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons, Mark Wahlberg and Jason Isaacs. Reel FX/Warner Animation Group (Late Spring)

Soul

Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.; Up, Inside Out) directs this new Pixar pic about a middle school music teacher whose soul is accidentally separated from his body and is transported to a center where souls develop and gain passions before being sent to newborn children. Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs and Angela Bassett. Disney/Pixar (Nov. 20)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

We learn about SpongeBob’s formative years in this CG-animated spin on the Frank Capra classic, directed by Tim Hill and featuring the voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Awkwafina, Reggie Watts, Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg!Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies/Mikros Image (Aug. 7)

Connected

Produced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord and directed by Gravity Falls creative director Mike Rianda, this original movie follows a typical suburban family as they face a global takeover by hostile computers. Features the voices of Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Oliva Colman, Abbi Jacobson and Eric Andre. Co-directed by Jeff Rowe. (Former title: The Mitchells vs. the Machines). Sony Pictures Animation (Oct. 23)

Over the Moon

Disney veteran animator Glen Keane is at the helm of this stylish CG-animated movie, which tells the story of a young girl who builds a rocket ship and travels to the moon to meet a legendary Moon Goddess. Animation director is Sacha Kapijimpanga, producer is John Kreidman. Written by the late Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun). With Irene Tsu. Pearl Studios/Sony Pictures Imageworks/Netflix (Fourth Quarter)

Wolfwalkers

Directed by Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) and Ross Stewart (Secret of Kells art director), this charming and innovative 2D entry follows the adventures of a young apprentice hunter who comes to Ireland to help her father get rid of the wolves. But when Robyn saves a wild native girl, their friendship leads her to discover the world of the Wolfwalkers. With Sean Bean and Honor Kneafsey. Cartoon Saloon/Melusine/Apple TV+ (Fourth Quarter)

The Croods 2

DreamWorks’ popular prehistoric family faces new challenges in this sequel directed by Joel Crawford, which focuses on their life after leaving the cave. Voice cast includes Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. DreamWorks Animation/Universal (Dec. 23)

Tom and Jerry

Tim Story (Ride Along 2, Shaft) directs this live-action/CG-animated hybrid take on the classic cat and mouse characters, which were created 80 years ago by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and best known for their 161 MGM shorts. The movie will focus on how the two characters met for the first time and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, Rob Delaney, Pallavi Sharda, Colin Jost and Brian Stepanek. Warner Animation Group (Dec. 23)

Lupin the 3rd: The First

Written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, this is the first CG-animated feature adaptation of the popular Monkey Punch manga series (first introduced in 1967), in which Arsene Lupin III teams up with a woman named Letizia to steal the Bresson Diary, a treasure that even the first Lupin could not get his hands on. TMS Entertainment/Marza Animation Planet/Toho/GKIDS (TBA)

Marona’s Fantastic Tale

Romanian director Anca Damian’s widely acclaimed and beautifully animated feature follows the trials and tribulations of a mixed-breed dog and her many human encounters. Features stunning production design by Brecht Evens, Sarah Mazzetti and Gina Thorstensen. Aparte Films/Sacrebleu Productions/Minds Meet/GKIDS (TBA)

Wish Dragon

Written and directed by Chris Applehans, this modern-day fairy tale centers on the moral challenges that emerge from the encounter between a young boy and dragon who is able to make his wishes come true. Jackie Chan, who is producing the movie, is also providing the voice of Pipa God. With Constance Wu, John Cho, Will Yun Lee, Jimmy Wong and Bobby Lee. Sony Pictures Animation/Base FX/Flagship Ent. Group (TBA)

2021

The Addams Family 2

Directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) return to direct this sequel to their 2019 CG-animated take on Chaz Addams’ loveable and macabre family unit. Bron Studios/Cinesite/MGM/United Artists.

The Adventures of Pil

Directed by Julien Fournet (Jungle Bunch 2), this CG-animated family feature centers on a resourceful young vagabond named Pil who disguises herself as a princess and finds herself saving Roland, the heir to throne, with the aid of the big, clumsy guard Crobar and the young jester Rigolin. TAT Productions/France 3 Cinema/SND Films

The Bad Guys

Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula hatch a plot to pull off the ultimate heist in this adaptation of Aussie children’s author Aaron Blabey’s best-selling book. The pic is directed by Pierre Perifel (Bilby) and written by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) and Hilary Winston (Community, My Name Is Earl). Damon Ross and Rebecca Huntley are producers. DreamWorks Animation/Universal

Bob’s Burgers: The Movie

Loren Bouchard’s popular FOX-TV family will make their feature debut in this musical comedy, which involves Louise and her nightlight Kuchi Kopi. According to Bouchard, the film will scratch every itch the fans of the series have ever had, “but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show.” Voice cast includes H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts and Kristen Schaal. Bento Box Ent./20th Century Studios (April 9)

The Boss Baby 2

Tom McGrath is back at the helm of this sequel to DreamWorks’ popular movie about the little business-minded tyke, loosely based on Marla Frazee’s children’s book. Alec Baldwin will once again provide the voice of the little terror. DreamWorks Animation/Universal

Hotel Transylvania 4

Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and regular human son-in-law Jonathan (Andy Samberg) continue their wild and wacky adventures in this fourth outing for the popular animated monster clan, which is expected to be a holiday release. Sony Pictures Animation

Luck

The debut film from Skydance Animation is described as a comedy that pulls back the curtain on the millennia-old battle between the organizations of good luck and bad luck that secretly affects our daily lives. Directed by Peggy Holmes (Kung Fu Panda 3), who replaced Alessandro Carloni. Skydance Animation/Ilion/Paramount

Minions: The Rise of Gru

The plotline of this much-anticipated prequel centers on the origins of evil mastermind Gru (Steve Carell), which is directed by Kyle Balda and co-directors Brad Ableson and Jonathan del Val. Although the movie was originally scheduled for 2020, production at Illumination Mac Guff in Paris is delayed due to France’s COVID-19 lockdown. The amazing voice cast includes Alan Arkin, Julie Andrews, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Taraji P. Henson, Danny Trejo, Lucy Lawless, Michelle Yeoh and Russell Brand! Universal/Illumination (July 2)

My Friend Finnick

This CG-animated family comedy follows the adventures of a mischievous and clumsy house spirit who befriends a young girl and the family that has moved into his home. Directed by Denis Chernov (Kikoriki), produced by Ilya Popov and written by Neil Landau (Tad: The Explorer, Sheep & Wolves). Riki Group

My Little Pony Movie (Untitled)

Little has been revealed about this second My Little Pony movie, except that it’s CG-animated. Fans believe that the feature will be Generation 5, since the animated series is slated to air in 2020. Directed by Jayson Thiesson, the first movie was released in 2017 and made over $60.3 million worldwide. Allspark/Boulder Media/Paramount (Sept. 24)

PAW Patrol: The Movie

Cal Brunker (The Nut Job 2, Escape From Planet Earth) is directing this big-screen adaptation of Nickelodeon’s hugely popular animated preschool series, which was recently picked up for its eighth season. Mikros Image is handling the animation production. The pic will be produced by Jennifer Dodge. Spin Master/Nickelodeon/Paramount (Aug.)

Pinocchio

Fantasy and horror master Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Trollhunters) is helming this stop-motion adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel, based on designs by illustrator Gris Grimly. Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) is co-directing this darker fairy tale about the wooden boy’s adventures. Script is penned by del Toro and Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall, Adventure Time). Voice cast includes Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman. ShadowMachine/The Jim Henson Co./Netflix

Raya and the Last Dragon

Directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, this Disney fantasy epic is set in a magical world where humans coexist with dragons and draws from Southeast Asisan cultures and mythology. Written by Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians). With the voices of Cassie Steel and Awkwafina. Walt Disney Animation Studios (March 12)

Ron’s Gone Wrong

Pixar Story veteran J.P. Vine (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur) directs U.K.-based Locksmith Animation’s first feature, which follows the adventures of a 12-year-old boy who ends up with a bot best friend who doesn’t quite work like all the others. Locksmith co-founders Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart are producing from a script penned by Smith and Peter Baynham. Locksmith Animation/20th Century Studios (April 23)

Rumble

Directed by DreamWorks veteran Hamish Grieve (head of story on Rise of the Guardians, Captain Underpants), this movie takes place in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport: Teenage Winnie seeks to follow in her dad’s footsteps by coaching a lovable monster. Matt Lieberman (Scoob!, The Addams Family) penned the script, based on the graphic novel Monster on the Hill. Stars Will Arnett, Ben Schwartz, Geraldine Viswanathan, Terry Crews, Rebecca Quin, Tony Danza. Reel FX/Paramount (Jan. 29)

Sing 2

The musically gifted animals of Illumination’s hit movie are back in this sequel which finds them leaving Moon Theater for the big city. Writer/director Garth Jennings returns along with voice stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Nick Kroll and Tori Kelly. Illumination/Universal (Dec. 22)

Space Jam 2

Malcolm D. Lee (Night School, Girls Night Out) directs this sequel to the popular 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy. The new outing features LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, as well as Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny and others. James is also producing the movie with Ryan Coogler (Creed, Black Panther), who co-wrote the script with Sev Ohanian (Fruitvale Station). Warner Animation Group/Springhill Ent. (July 16)

Spirit Riding Free

Lucky Prescott’s life is changed forever when she moves from her home in the city to a small frontier town and befriends a wild mustang named Spirit in this feature version of the popular animated series, developed by Aury Wallington. The movie is directed by DreamWorks veterans Elaine Bogan (Trollhunters, 3Below, Dragons: Race to the Edge) and Ennio Torresan (head of story on Abominable, The Boss Baby, Turbo). DreamWorks Animation/Universal (May 14)

Vivo

Sony Pictures Animation’s first-ever musical adventure features dynamic original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda and his writing partner Qiara Alegría Hudes, and takes audiences on a thrilling adventure from Cuba to the Florida Everglades and Miami. Directed by Kirk DeMicco and co-director Brandon Jeffords. Sony Pictures Animation (April 16)

Wendell & Wild

This highly original stop-motion movie centers on two demon brothers (Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key) who face off against a nun and a pair of goth teens. Directed by stop-motion master Henry Selick (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas) and produced by Selick, Peele and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and co-produced by Sarah Serata (Barbie Dreamtopia). Monkeypaw/Gotham Group/Artists First/Netflix

2022

DC Super Pets

Superman’s dog Krypto teams up with Streaky the flying cat to fight evil and stop crime when the Man of Steel is on vacation. The pic is directed by Jared Stern (Green Eggs and Ham, The LEGO Batman Movie), co-directed by Sam Levine (Penn Zero: Part Time Hero) and penned by Stern and John Whittington (Green Eggs and Ham, The LEGO Batman Movie). Fans hope Beppo the Super Monkey and Comet the Super Horse are also appearing in the pic. Warner Bros. Animation/DC Entertainment (May 22)

Nimona

Patrick Osborne (Pearl, Big Hero 6) directs this CG-animated adaptation of Noelle Stevenson’s (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power) popular graphic novel about a young shapeshifter who teams up with a mad scientist to expose the ruler of the kingdom. Blue Sky Studios/20th Century Studios (Jan. 14)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2

This sequel to Sony’s Oscar-winning and universally acclaimed feature will bring back Miles Morales and some of his other Spider-Verse friends for a new adventure, which will be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron) and penned by David Callaham (The Expendables, Wonder Woman: 1984). Chris Miller and Phil Lord are expected to be back creatively as well. Marvel Ent./Sony Pictures Animation (Oct. 7)

The Tiger’s Apprentice

This animated adaptation of Laurence Yep’s popular book series centers on a young boy who becomes the magical apprentice of the tiger Mr. Hu and teams up with a band of mythological creatures based on the Chinese zodiac to protect an ancient phoenix egg from an evil group who wish to possess it. Pixar alum Carlos Baena makes his directorial debut, with a script by David Magee (Life of Pi) and Harry Cripps. Produced by Jane Startz, exec produced by Raman Hui (Monster Hunt) and Kane Lee. Paramount Animation (Feb. 11)

International Titles

Ainbo

Directed by José Zelada and Richard Claus (The Little Vampire 3D), this CG-animated Peruvian movie tells the tale of a brave young girl from the deepest jungle of the Amazon who sets out save her homeland from logging and illegal mining with the aid of her spirit guides, the skinny armadillo Dillo and the heavy-set tapir Vaca. With production design by Pierre Salazar (The LEGO Movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole). Tunche Films/Cool Beans/Epic Films/Cinema Management Group

The Amazing Maurice

This CG-animated adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels focuses on a streetwise cat named Maurice who meets a kid who plays a pipe, and has his very own horde of rats – rats who are strangely educated and literate. But things take a sinister turn when someone begins to play an eerie tune. Directed by Toby Genkel (Yakari, A Stork’s Journey), co-directed by Florian Westermann, written by Terry Rossio (Shrek, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean), with character designs by Carter Goodrich (Ratatouille, The Croods, Brave). Ulysses Filmproduktion/Cantilever Media/Global Screen

Another Bloomin’ Christmas

Father Christmas has to come to terms with the reality of giving gifts to the jaded kids of today’s modern world, based on a character created by Raymond Briggs (Father Christmas). Written and directed by Dave Unwin (Father Christmas, Horrid Henry) and produced by Iain Harvey (The Snowman, Father Christmas, When the Wind Blows). Paul Thiltges Distributors/Aliante/GFM Animation/Jam Media

The Argonauts

A young, adventurous mouse and the cat that adopted her come to the aid of Jason and the Argonauts when Poseidon threatens life in the luxurious port of Yolcos in ancient Greece. This French CG-animated feature is written and directed by David Alaux with Éric Tosti and Jean-François Tosti. TAT Productions/Apollo Films

Ark at 8

Three simple penguins have their lives uprooted by the arrival of a dove with an invitation to take a cruise to a new world, via Noah’s Ark. Cédric Babouche directs this new take on the biblical story, penned by Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked) from the play/book by Ulrich Hub. Ellipsanime/Now Films/SC Films International

Bayala: A Magical Adventure

Aina Jarvine and co-director Federico Milella helm this lush, CG-animated fantasy set in the world of fairies and dragons. A sun elf named Marween finds a dragon egg and hatches little Nugur, which sends Princess Surah and her companions on an amazing journey to the Dragon Mountains to see Surah’s step-sister Nuray and face the dangerous Shadow Queen Ophira. Ulysses Filmproduktion/Fabrique d’Images

The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily

Directed by Lorenzo Mattotti (Fear(s) of the Dark) adapts a stunning graphic novel by Dino Buzzati, which tells the tale of the conflict that arises when the son of the King of the Bears is kidnapped by hunters in the Sicilian mountains. Prima Linea Prod./Indigo Films/France 3 Cinema/Pathé Int’l

Best Birthday Ever

A young rabbit decides to run away from home when his birthday picnic plans are cancelled because of his younger sister’s illness. Director Michael Ekblad (Molly Monster) directs this gentle 2D-animated movie aimed at preschoolers, based on a popular children’s book by Rotraut Susanne Berner. Alexandra Schatz Filmproduktion/Sluggerfilm/Submarine/SC Films

Bigfoot Superstar

Ben Stassen (The Queen’s Corgi) is back in the helm of this sequel to the 2017 feature Son of Bigfoot, which grossed over $50 million worldwide. The pic finds teenager Adam using his celebrity status to help environmental protection and traveling to Alaska with his animal friends. Script is by Bob Barlen and Cal Brunker (The Nut Job 2). Co-directed by Jeremy Degruson (Thunder and the House of Magic) nWave Studios/Charades

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Writer/director Pierre Földes adapts the surreal tales of Haruki Murakami into a digital 2D drama in which a lost cat, a giant talkative frog and a tsunami help a banker, his frustrated wife and a schizophrenic accountant save Tokyo from an earthquake. Miyu Productions/Cinema De Facto

Boonie Bears: The Wild Life

Directed by Leon Ding, this seventh installment in the hugely popular Chinese franchise finds the bear brothers and their human friend Vick on an adventure to the Wild Land, where humans transform into animals with gene-altering bracelets. The Boonie Bears brand has had 300+ billion clicks on digital platforms and produces over $735 million annually in merchandising sales worldwide. Fantawild Animation

The Bus to Amerika

Safran, a young Yazidi boy living in a refugee camp, often dreams about taking the bus to “Amerika” and becoming a pop star. But an unwitting religious transgression forces him to confront the adults in his life. The movie was developed by Derya Durmaz, a well-known Turkish director, actress and human rights activists. Mars Film/RixFilm.

Calamity: A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary

Directed by Rémi Chayé (Long Way North), this beautifully animated 2D feature charts the early days of the famous frontierswoman and professional scout as she has to take care of her siblings after her father is injured during their journey west. Maybe Movies/Nørlum Studios/Gebeka

The Canterville Ghost

This new animated take on the Oscar Wilde story features Stephen Fry as the voice of the titular spirit, whose 300-year routine is disturbed by the arrival of an American family. With Freddie Highmore, Imelda Staunton and Toby Jones, and directed by Kim Burdon. D’Arblay/Melmoth/Sprout Pictures/Cinema Management Group

The Crossing

Two siblings embark on a perilous journey to a new country after they find themselves pursued by sinister forces in an unspecified Eastern European nation. This meticulously animated feature, which is hand drawn on glass, is directed by Florence Miailhe (Urban Tales). Les Films de l’Arlequin/Balance Film/ Maur Film/XBO Films

Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet

The 24th movie in the popular anime franchise finds the gumshoe investigating a string of kidnappings of top executives before the World Sports Games in Tokyo and finding a link with a similar incident in Boston 15 years earlier. Directed by Tomoka Nagaoka. Shogakukan/TMS Ent./Toho

Dragonkeeper

The eagerly anticipated CG-animated adaptation of Carole Wilkinson’s novels is co-directed by Salvador Simó (Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles) and Jian-Ping Li. Produced by Manuel Cristobal and Larry Levene, with visual direction by Sergio Pablos (Klaus) and Borja Montoro (Zootopia). Ilion/China Film Animation/SC Films Int’l

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna

Directed by Tomohisa Tagushi, this latest chapter in the franchise is set five years after Digimon Adventure tri. With Tai and his friends reaching adulthood, they find out that the partnership with their Digimon will soon end and they will be forever separated as they are not children anymore. Toei Animation/Yumeta/Fathom Events

Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s New Dinosaur

Directed by franchise veteran Kazuaki Imai, this 40th adventure of the earless robotic cat centers on Nobita’s new friends: two twin dinosaurs named Kyu and Myu. Fujiko F. Fujio’s popular manga first debuted in 1969. Script is by Genki Kawamura (Your Name, Weathering With You). ShoPro/Fujiko Pro/Shogakukan/TV Asahi/Shin-Ei Animation/ADK/Toho

The Elfkins: Baking a Difference

Young, inquisitive Elfkin girl Helvi explores the human world above her universe and helps out a grumpy pastry chef named Theo in this CG-animated family feature directed by Ute von Münchow-Pohl (Rabbit School) and written by Jan Strathmann. Akkord Film/Sola Media

Ella Bella Bingo

This feature adaptation of the popular animated TV series finds Ella Bella organizing a circus for her good friend Henry, but when a cool new kid moves into the neighborhood, she finds her friendship threatened. Directed by Atle Solberg Blakseth (Pappa) and series helmer Frank Mosvold. Kool Productions/Gimpville/Studio 100

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0

Hideaki Anno wrote, directed and produced this final part of the Evangelion Rebuild post-apocalyptic mecha tetralogy which was scheduled to premiere in April 2020 originally, but is now slated for a June 27 release in Japan. Studio Khara/Toho/Toei

Even Mice Belong in Heaven

Whizzy the Mouse and Whitebelly the Fox become good friends after they die and meet in animal heaven. The plot thickens when they return to Earth and are reborn into opposite roles in this charming pic, which combines stop-motion and CG animation. Directed by Jan Bubeníček (The Pirate, The Nutcracker in 3D) & Denisa Grimmová (Fimfarum: The Third Time Lucky). Fresh Films/Cinemart/Les Films du Cygne/Animoon/Panache Prod.

Fleak

An imaginative 12-year-old boy discovers a mysterious alternate reality after a leg injury leaves him unable to walk, and he’s befriended by a curious visiting creature. Directed by Jens Moller. Written and produced by Antti Haikala. Anima Vitae/Animoon/Godo Films

Fixies vs. Crabots

The little Russian fixer-uppers are back in their second feature outing in which they face stiff competition from miniature robotic crabs, created by Professor Eugenius’ college sweetheart Erica. Pic is directed by Vasiko Bedoshvili and produced by Georgiy Vasiliev. Aeroplane/Blitz Films/Central Partnership

Ginger’s Tale

Konstantin Scherkin directs this 2D animated fairy tale about a young girl named Ginger who has to save his her friend after he finds a magical object known as the Stone of Fire. Russia: Russia Federation, VVERH

Girl and Wolf

A brave young girl will have to face dark childhood traumas, soulless hunters, magical wild spirits and an ancient pack of wolves in a medieval village in this adaptation of Spanish artist and animator Roc Espinet’s popular graphic novel. Hampa Studio/Sygnatia Films/Latido Films

A Greyhound of a Girl

Acclaimed Italian director Enzo D’Alò (Pinocchio) lends his special touch to this adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s tale about a young Irish girl with a special talent for cooking and her different relationships with her mother and grandmother. Paul Thiltges Distributions/The Illuminated Films Co./Aliante/GFM Films

Hansel and Gretel

This new take on the classic Grimm Brothers’ story finds the famous siblings encountering different monsters and various fairy tale characters. Even the Evil Witch’s Gingerbread House has turned into a palace, and the Witch herself has much more sinister goals. Directed by Wizart veteran Alexei Tsitsilin and produced by Vladimir Nikolaev (Snow Queen quartet and Sheep and Wolves trilogy). Wizart/QED Int’l

High School Fleet the Movie

The popular manga series gets the big-screen treatment, directed by Yuu Nobuta and Jun Nakagawa. The plot centers on two friends Akeno Misaki and Moeka China who enroll in the academy to become “Blue Mermaids” and join the all-female naval force dedicated to the care and protection of the oceans. A-1 Pictures

How Do You Live?

This highly anticipated feature by anime icon Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Toshio Suzuki is on every animation lover’s radar. It centers on a 1937 book by Genzaburo Yoshino about a 15-year-old boy named Junichi Honda and his uncle as the youth deals with spiritual growth, poverty and the overall mysteries of life. Estimated delivery date is 2022, since as of October 2019, the film was confirmed to be 15% complete. Studio Ghibli

I Am Helena

Karla Von Bengtson (Next Door Spy) writes and directs this highly original 2D-animated movie, which centers on a 13-year-old girl’s difficulties as she transitions from being a child to a young teen. During a school trip, she is dared to climb the local volcano. It’s either that or admit to having feelings for her best friend, Andy. Copenhagen Bombay

The Inventor

Directed by Pixar veteran Jim Capobianco, this mixed-media project centers on a chapter in Leonardo da Vinci’s life where he seeks to find the meaning of life while he flees Italy to work in the court of Francis I and build the “ideal city.” Folioscope/Leo and the King

The Island

Anca Damian, Romanian director of last year’s acclaimed feature Marona’s Fantastic Tale, returns with this post-modern, surreal musical take on the story of Robinson Crusoe, where Robinson is a digital tablet-carrying doctor and Friday is the survivor of a lost boat in the Mediterranean. The script is by Damian and Augusto Zanovello. The art director is Gina Thorstensen, who also worked on Marona. Aparte Film/Take Five

Jungle Beat: The Movie

Brent Dawes directs this CG-animated feature about an alien visitor who befriends a group of helpful animals in Africa. Mauritius: Sandcastle, Sunrise Studios

Kiki

The adventures of actress, singer and model Kiki among the Bohemian community of 1920s Paris becomes a lovely 2D animated movie written and directed by Peter Dodd and produced by Ruth Fielding and Camilla Deakin (Ethel & Ernest, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt). Lupus Films

Kill It and Leave This Town

Directed by Mariusz Willczynski, this surreal 2D animated film centers on a man who hides in his childhood memories in 1970s-era Poland after the loss of his loved ones. Germany, Poland: Bombonierka, Outsider Pictures

The Last Whale Singer

Directed by Reza Memari (A Stork’s Journey), this 3D stereoscopic movie centers on Vincent, the timid son of the last whale singer, who will have to save the oceans after he accidentally frees a deep sea monster from its ice prison. Telescope Animation/PFX/L’Atelier/Big Bad Boo

Little Vampire

Acclaimed French graphic novelist and director Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat) is back with this charming 2D adaptation of his popular work about a 10-year-old bloodsucker who decides to go back to school to make some friends. France: Autochenille, Panache, StudioCanal, France 3

Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow

The adventures of the Aqours group at the Uranohoshi Girls’ High School continue: The third-year students go missing after they leave for their graduation trip, and the group’s members seem to drift apart, but eventually realize how much they mean to each other. Directed by Kazuo Sakai, based on a script by Jukki Hanada. Sunrise/Funimation

Marmaduke

The famous cartoon-panel dog makes the leap to the screen once again in this CG-animated feature, directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé (The Reef 2), from a script by Byron Kavanagh. SNL‘s Pete Davidson to voice the lead canine! Legacy Classics/SC Films Int’l

Mavka. The Forest Song

The beautiful spirit of the forest faces an impossible choice between love and her duty as the guardian of the wild when she falls in love with a talented young musician named Lukas in this colorful CG-animated feature directed by Oleksandra Ruban and produced by Egor Olesov, Iryna Kostyuk and Anna Eliseeva. Animagrad/FILM.UA Group

Molesworth

This 2D-animated adaptation of Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle’s book offers a hilarious send up of British boys’ boarding schools as well as a charming caper set in the 1950s. Matt Lucas voices the mischievous titular character. Script is penned by Keiron Self and Giles New. Veteran animator Uli Meyer directs the comedy, produced by Camilla Deakin, Ruth Fielding and Stephan Roelants. Lupus Films/Melusine Productions/Uli Meyer Studio

The Monkey Prince

In the distant future, a young girl and her baby brother reluctantly rescue a mysterious and mischievous Monkey Prince and set off to find their way home. John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Ant Bully) will direct from a script by J. David Stem and David N. Weiss. Produced by Chuck Williams (Brother Bear). Bona Film/Toei Animation/GFM Films

My Father’s Secret

Based on the graphic novel by Israeli author Michel Kichka, this powerful movie documents a man’s experience during and after the Holocaust and ends with the man and his son making a highly emotional visit to Auschwitz. Directed by Véra Belmont (Red Kiss) and Xavier Picard (Moomins on the Riviera), and produced by Marc Jousset (artistic director of Persepolis). Je Suis Bien Content/Left Field Ventures/Bibidul/SC Films Int’l

Nahuel and the Magic Book

This 2D/CG animated feature tells the story of a fisherman’s son who has to search for his lost father after a sorcerer separates them in a terrible storm. Directed by German Acuña. Chile, Brazil: Punkrobot, Carburadores

Neighborhood Pet Watch

Adorable puppy Frederick and his best friend Mila team up with a motley crew of local pets — including a tortoise, boa constrictor, guinea pig, owl and raccoon — to thwart an evil gang. Produced by Simon Crowe, Feng Yi and Stephen Meier. Directed by Kevin Riley and penned by Riley, Meier and Jack Greene. Flamenode Ent./Paintfree/SC Films Int’l

Noah’s Ark

Directed by Sérgio Machado, with songs and lyrics by Bossa Nova legend Vinicius de Moraes, this Brazilian feature follows the musical adventures of minstrel mice Tito and Vini who are reunited on Noah’s Ark and face a raging storm, lack of food and a tyrannical lion. Produced by Fabiano Gullane (Rio 2096) and Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries). Globo Filmes/Gullane/NIP/Symbiosys Technologies/Video Filmes/CMG

The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks

Acclaimed Russian director Andrey Khrzhanovsky (Cat and a Half, The Lion with the White Beard)(Studio Shar) offers a “cheerfully grim” look at the strange history of the 20th century, filtered through Gogol’s proto-Surrealist novella The Nose and Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera. Russia: Shar Studio

Of Unwanted Things and People

An older man with two young kids conjures up stories that can bring the reader back in time in this wonderful stop-motion anthology. This interesting effort is directed by David Súkup, Ivana Laučíková, Leon Vidmar & Agata Gorządek, based on a book by Arnošt Goldflam. Maur Film/Artichoke/ZVVIKS/WJTeam/Likaon/Vivement Lundi!

Panda Bear in Africa

A young Chinese panda bear takes care of his female dragon friend Jielong when her parents depart for a convention. After Jielong is abducted, Ping embarks on a quest to find his friend that takes him to Africa in this CG-animated feature directed by Karsten Kiilerich (Raggie, Terkel in Trouble) and Richard Claus (The Little Vampire). Cool Beans/A.Film/Comet Films/CMG

Pat & Mat: The Film

This wacky stop-motion movie is the brainchild of directors Erik van Schaaik and Marco van Geffen, and is based on a popular book by Lubomír Beneš and Vladimír Jiránek, about the misadventures of neighbors and enthusiastic DIYers Pat and Mat. Lemming Film

Pierre the Pigeon Hawk

Directed by John D. Eraklis (Igor, Hero of Color City), this CG-animated musical follows the adventures of a half-pigeon/half-hawk, who is rejected by both bird communities, but finds acceptance by his new friends, including a Central Park bear and a pair of smart aleck city squirrels. Voice cast includes Nick Cannon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Collidge, Kenan Thompson, Howie Mandel and Luis Guzman. Exodus Film Group/Ncredible Ent./Sugar Water Ent./Toonz Media Group/CAA Media Finance/Highland Film Group

Pinocchio: A True Story

Writer/director Vasiliy Rovenskiy (Big Trip) puts his own stamp on this latest adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s timeless classic about a wooden toy who longs to become a real boy. Script by Maxin and Vadim Sveshnikov (Snow Queen). Luminescence/Licensing Brands

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal

This sequel to Sailor Moon Crystal is directed by Chiaki Kon with a script by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu. Original TV character designer Kazuko Tadano is handling the designs and original Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi is supervising the project. Based on the fourth “Dead Moon” arc of Takeuchi’s manga. Originally set to debut in Japan in September 2020. Toei/Studio Deen

Saba

An 2D-animated movie about a young girl who decides to rescue her parents captured by fascists in 1930s Ethiopia. The brave protagonist travels from the Danakil Desert to the shores of the Red Sea up to cities in Yemen, where she learns how to deal with the dangers that life throws her way. Produced by Henri Magalon, Saba is written and directed by Alexis Ducord and Benjamin Massoubre. Maybe Movies

Savages

The sophomore stop-motion project from acclaimed Swiss director Claude Barras (My Life as a Zucchini) tells the story of the friendship between 11-year-old Kéria and a Bornean orangutan baby who are forced to escape Kéria’s father who wants to give the animal to his boss as a present. Prelude/Helium Films

Seal Team

Produced by South Africa’s Triggerfish studio (Adventures in Zambezia, Khumba), this 2020 offering centers on an orphan seal who decides to assemble a scratch team of like-minded seals to turn the tables on the sharks. Directed and co-written by Greig Cameron (Supa Strikas). Triggerfish Animation Studios/Cinema Management Group

Seven Days War

Yuta Murano directs this adaptation of Osamu Suda’s novel about some middle school students who rebel against their school and parents, take over an abandoned factory and turn it into a fortress. Japan: StudiaAjia-do

Sirocco and the Kingdom of the Winds

Benoît Chieux (artistic director of Mia and the Migoo, co-director of Aunt Hilda) directs this whimsical, surreal fantasy which follows the adventures of two intrepid sisters who discover a passage between their world and the fantastic universe of their favorite book. The script is penned by Alain Gagnol (A Cat in Paris, Phantom Boy). Sacrebleu Prod./Haut et Court

Tales of the Hedgehog

The French dynamic duo of Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli (A Cat in Paris, Phantom Boy) are back in the spotlight with a lovely coming-of-age movie which centers on a 10-year-old girl named Nina who has to deal with her factory worker father’s recent job loss. Parmi les Lucioles

They Shot the Piano Player

Chico & Rita helmers Fernando Trueba and Javier Marsical are directing this musical journey into the origins of the world-renowned Bossa Nova musical movement. The story finds a New York music journalist (voiced by Jeff Goldblum) embarking on a quest to uncover the truth behind the tragic disappearance of a young Brazilian piano virtuoso, Tenoria Jr. Film Constellation/Fernando Trueba Prod./Prima Linea Prod.

Turu, the Wacky Hen

After her friend is taken away to the hospital in the big city, a very unique and talented hen joins the circus and sets out to be reunited with her loved ones in this CG-animated Spanish-Argentine pic, directed by Eduardo Gondell and Victor Monigote. Gloriamundi/Pampa Films/A Fonsagrada/Tandem Films/Filmax

Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

Violet arrives at a private women’s academy and tutors the unhappy Isabella, heir to the York family, who feels trapped in her new and rigid surroundings. Directed by Haruka Fujita and Taichi Ishidate, based on characters created by Kana Akatsuki. Kyoto Animation/Funimation

Where Is Anne Frank?

Director Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) new take on the beloved and insightful diary of the 13-year-old Holocaust victim is told from the point of view of Kitty, Anne’s imaginary friend. Purple Whale/Doghouse Films/Samsa Film/Bridget Folman Film Gang/Le Pacte/Submarine/Walking The Dog/Wild Bunch

Yakari

The little Native American comic-book hero, created by André Jobin gets the big-screen animated treatment in this project, directed by Toby Genkel (A Stork’s Journey) and Xavier Giacometti. Dargaud/Wunderwerk/France 3/Belvision/Bac Films/Gao Shan/WDR/Dupuis AV

Yuku and the Flower of the Himalayas

A brave young mouse sets out on a dangerous trek to the Himalayas to find a magical flower that can heal her injured grandmother in this charming 2D animated movie directed by Arnaud Demuynck and Rémi Durin (The Wind in the Reeds). Folimage/Les Films du Nord/La Boîte Prod./Nadasdy Film

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