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2018

The Incredibles 2

Pixar Animation | Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: June 15
Director/Writer: Brad Bird
Voice Cast: Reprising – Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger, and Bird. New – Huck Milner and Jonathan Banks, with Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini
Official Synopsis: Helen (voice of Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (Vowell), Dash (Milner) and baby Jack-Jack — whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (Jackson) is by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
movies.disney.com/the-incredibles-2 | Trailer

Fireworks

Shaft | GKIDS
Release Date: July 3 [Fathom Events Premiere], July 4
Directors: Akiyuki Shinbo, Noboyuki Takeuchi
Writer: Hitoshi Ohne
Voice Cast: Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano; English cast TBA
Official Synopsis: Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.
gkids.com/films/fireworks | Trailer

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Sony Pictures Animation
Release Date: July 13
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Writers: Tartakovsky, Michael McCullers
Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Asher Blinkoff, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon and Mel Brooks
Official Synopsis: Join Sony’s favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.
www.hotelt3.com | Trailer

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

P.A.Works | Eleven Arts
Release Date: July 20
Director/Writer: Mari Okada
Voice Cast: Japanese –
Synopsis: Far from the lands of men, the long-lived people of Iorph weave the threads of human fate into a fabric called Hibiol. Here,an orphan named Maquia lives an oddly lonesome existence — but everything is thrown into chaos when a Mezarte army invades with dragons to claim their powers of longevity. Managing to escape, Maquia finds an orphaned baby and watches him grow up as she herself retains the form of a young girl. The directorial debut for screenwriter Okada (The Anthem of the Heart, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day), Maquia explores motherhood, adolescence, femininity, and leadership, swept along by beautiful animation and an exhilarating score by composer Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell).
elevenarts.net/animedistrbution/maquia

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

Warner Bros. Animation, DC Ent. | Warner Bros.
Release Date: July 27
Directors: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail
Writers: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
Voice Cast: Scott Menville, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Khary Payton, Greg Cipes, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Will Arnett, James Corden, Lil Yachty, Halsey
Synopsis: The stars of Cartoon Network’s hit comedy series — Robin, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg and Beast Boy — set out to ensure they are not left out of the big superhero blockbuster movie craze! With some million-dollar ideas (and a few musical numbers), the Titans try to pitch a big shot Hollywood director, but as usual their plans are upset by a megalomaniacal supervillain. Trailer

Digimon Adventure tri.: Future

Toei Animation | Shout! Factory Films, Fathom Events
Release Date: September 20
Director: Keitaro Motonaga
Writer: Yuuko Kakihara
Voice Cast: English dub – Joshua Seth, Vic Mignogna, Colleen O’Shaughnessy, Mona Marshall, Philece Sampler, Robbie Daymond, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tara Sands, Cristina Vee
Official Synopsis: In this climactic finale, the DigiDestined have suffered; friends are lost, there is a new threat from a mysterious and newly formed Digimon, and the Real World is threatened to be swallowed up by the Digital World. The DigiDestined must stand together to save their friends and our world. Who knows what the future holds for the DigiDestined, as they prepare for their biggest battle yet.
fathomevents.com/events/digimon-adventure-tri-future

Smallfoot

Warner Animation Group | Warner Bros.
Release Date: September 28
Director: Karey Kirkpatrick
Writers: Glenn Ficarra, Karey Kirkpatrick, Sergio Pablos, John Requa
Voice Cast: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, Jimmy Tatro
Official Synopsis: The Bigfoot legend gets turned upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist — a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village.
smallfootmovie.com | Trailer

Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad

AMBI Group, AIC Studios, Assemblage Ent., Arctic Justice Movie | Open Road Films
Release Date: October 19
Director: Aaron Woodley
Writers: Bob Barlen, Carl Brunker, Woodley
Voice Cast: Jeremy Renner, James Franco, Heidi Klum, Alec Baldwin, Anjelica Huston, Michael Madsen, John Cleese, Omar Sy, Laurie Holden
Synopsis: Swifty the arctic fox ( Renner) dreams of becoming a famous sled dog for Arctic Blast Delivery Service. In an effort to prove himself, he secretly commandeers a sled to takes a mysterious package to a secret fortress, where he comes to face with Doc Walrus (Cleese) and stumbles upon an evil plan to melt the polar ice caps. It’s up to Swiftly and his ragtag group of arctic animal friends to save the planet!
www.openroadfilms.com

The Grinch

Illumination Entertainment | Universal Pictures
Release Date: November 9
Directors: Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney
Writer: Michael LeSieur, based on the book by Theodor Geisel
Voice Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch
Official Synopsis: Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas.
www.grinchmovie.com | Trailer

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Walt Disney Animation
Release Date: November 21
Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Writers: Johnston, Pamela Ribon
Voice Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch
Official Synopsis: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet — which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet — the netizens — to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”
movies.disney.com/ralph-breaks-the-internet-wreck-it-ralph-2 | Trailer

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Sony Pictures Animation
Release Date: December 14
Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Writer: Phil Lord
Voice Cast: Shameik Moore, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry
Official Synopsis: Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
www.intothespiderverse.movie | Trailer

Mirai of the Future

Studio Chizu | GKIDS
Release Date: Fall TBA
Director/Writer: Mamoru Hosoda
Voice Cast: English dub TBA
Official Synopsis: One day, Kun’s mother brings home a new family member. For the four-year-old boy, joy quickly turns to disappointment when the little sister replaces her brother as the center of attention. The boy can’t bring himself to accept her as his sister. But things turn magical when, with a mysterious garden as his gateway, the boy encounters his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man, and has a series of surprising adventures with his “older” sister from the future. These experiences change how he sees the world and help him grow into the big brother he was meant to be.
www.gkids.com | Japanese Trailer

2019

The LEGO Movie Sequel

Warner Animation Group, LEGO System, Lin Pictures, RatPac-Dune Ent., StarReel Ent., Vertigo Ent., Animal Logic | Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: February 8, 2019
Director: Mike Mitchell
Writers: Raphael Bob-Waksburg (rewrites), Matt Fogel, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Michelle Morgan (story)
Voice Cast: Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt
Synopsis: The highly anticipated project has had quite a few shuffles among the key creative posts; the story will reportedly center on the first movie’s hero, Emmett, and his sister.

How to Train Your Dragon 3

DreamWorks Animation | Universal Pictures
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Director: Dean DeBlois
Writer: Dean DeBlois; based on the books by Cressida Cowell
Voice Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington, F. Murray Abraham, Gerard Butler
Official Synopsis: As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.

Wonder Park

Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies, Ilion Animation Studios | Paramount Pictures
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Director: Dylan Brown
Writer: Lino DiSalvo
Voice Cast: Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Tambor, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Brianna Denski
Synopsis: A magical CG family adventure about a young girl named June and the creatures she befriends in a curious amusement park.

Missing Link

LAIKA | Annapurna Pictures
Release Date: Spring 2019
Director-Writer: Chris Butler
Voice Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Amrita Acharia, Ching Valdes-Aran
Synopsis: When charismatic monster expert Sir Lionel Frost journeys to America’s Pacific Northwest in search of the “missing link” in man’s evolution, he gets more than he bargains for in a slightly silly, surprisingly smart and soulful creature who enlists his help in finding others of his kind. With resourceful adventurer Adelina Fortnight and her unique map, the trio set out to find the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

Playmobil: The Movie

On Ent., Morgen Studios | Open Road Films
Release Date: April 19, 2019
Director: Lino DiSalvo
Writers: Greg Erb, Blaise Hemingway, Jason Oremland, Lino DiSalvo (story)
Voice Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jodi Larratt
Synopsis: A heartwarming, hilarious story inspired by the classic German toy brand. Disney veteran DiSalvo makes his directorial debut on this project, which is backed by the producers of critically acclaimed The Little Prince.

Spies in Disguise

Blue Sky Studios, Fox Animation, Chernin Ent. | 20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 19, 2019
Directors: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane
Voice Cast: Will Smith, Tom Holland
Synopsis: Based on the animated short PIgeon: Impossible (2009) by Lucas Martell, Smith will voice “the world’s most awesome spy” Lance Sterling, who must team up with a socially inept gadget-inventing genius named Walter, played by Holland, in order to save the entire planet from an unexpected peril. This is the feature directing debut for Blue Sky veterans Bruno and Quane.

Uglydolls

STX Family, Troublemaker Studios, OddLot Ent., Reel FX | STX Ent.
Release Date: May 10, 2019
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writers: Blaise Hemingway; David Horvath, Sun-min Kim (story); Erica Rivinoja, Larry Stuckey (screenplay)
Voice Cast: Pitbull
Synopsis: The cute, colorful monsters of Horvath and Kim’s globally popular plush toy brand will finally make their big screen debut. The project, announced in time for Uglydolls’ 10th anniversary in 2011, was initially set for Illumination Ent., but will now be the first animation title produced by the STX Family division. Rapper Pitbull will voice a role and record an original song for the picture.

The Billion Brick Race

Warner Animation Group, LEGO Systems, Animal Logic | Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Synopsis: WB has been extremely locked down on details for this LEGO project, which earlier this year lost its second writer-director, Jorge Gutierrez. The Book of Life helmer has been tapped in August 2017 to further develop and direct the picture, which is from an original story by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) — initially set to co-direct with Jason Segel (writer-producer, The Muppets). No plot points, voice stars or new creative leadership have been announced, so we’ll see if Brick holds on to its release date…

Minecraft: The Movie

Vertigo Ent., Warner Bros. | Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Director: Rob McElhenney
Writers: Jason Fuchs, Rob McElhenney; based on the video game by Markus Persson
Voice Cast: Steve Carell (rumored)
Synopsis: The insanely popular Swedish “sandbox” game (published by Mojang) brings cuboid heroes and their distinctive world of exploration, crafting and combat to the big screen.

The Secret Life of Pets 2

Illumination Ent. | Universal Studios
Release Date: June 7, 2019
Director: Chris Renaud
Writer: Brian Lynch
Voice Cast: (Unconfirmed) Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper
Official Synopsis: The 2016 smash-hit introduced audiences around the world Max the Jack Russell Terrier, Max the mongrel, and a bevy of pampered pets and bitter abandoned ones, and became the fifth-highest-grossing original movie worldwide of all time. While the release date was moved forward last summer, the exposure of inappropriate sexual conduct on the part of voice star Louis C.K. led to his firing in November, which may prove a delivery hiccup.

Toy Story 4

Pixar Animation Studios | Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Director: Josh Cooley
Writer: Stephany Folsom
Voice Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Blake Clark, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, Kristen Schaal, Patricia Arquette, Bonnie Hunt, Jodi Benson, Estelle Harris
Synopsis: John Lasseter, originally set to direct, announced at D23 Expo ’15 that the film would focus on the romance between Woody the cowboy and Bo Peep, taking its cue from her absence from the third movie and setting Woody and Buzz on a mission to find her. (Lasseter resigned the director’s post last July but was to stay on exec producer, he is currently on “hiatus” due to allegations of inappropriate conduct.) Cooley, formerly co-director, was head of story on Inside Out. Folsom took over writing duties from Rashida Jones and Will MacCormack. Randy Newman will return to the toybox to compose the soundtrack.

The Angry Birds Movie 2

Sony Pictures Animation, Rovio Animation | Columbia Pictures
Release Date: September 20, 2019
Director: Thurop Van Orman; co-director John Rice
Writer: Peter Ackerman; characters created by Jon Vitti
Voice Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Awkwafina, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, Beck Bennett, Brooklynn Prince
Synopsis: Red and his feathered friends return for this CG sequel, released to coincide with the video game’s 10th anniversary. Helmer Van Orman is the creator of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and also has story credits for hit series such as Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls.

Everest

Pearl Studio | Universal Pictures
Release Date: September 27, 2019
Director: Jill Culton; co-director Todd Wilderman
Writer: William Davies
Voice Cast: Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai
Synopsis: Set in the breathtaking snowscapes of the Himalayas, this family adventure from the former Oriental DreamWorks studio enters on a group of misfits who encounter a young Yeti named Everest. Together, the unlikely group undertake an epic quest to reunite the mythic creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

The Addams Family

The Jackal Group, Cinesite Studios | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release Date: October 11, 2019
Director: Conrad Vernon
Writers: Matt Lieberman, Pamela Pettler; characters created by Charles Addams
Voice Cast: Oscar Isaac (in talks)
Synopsis: America’s favorite macabre cartoon family returns to the big screen in a CG-animated feature starring Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing, Lurch and the rest of the extended clan.

Frozen 2

Walt Disney Animation Studios | Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: November 27, 2019
Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writer: Characters by Jennifer Lee
Voice Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff
Synopsis: Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff and Olaf the snowman return for more adventure in Arendelle, hoping to build on the success of the Oscar-winning 2013 smash hit. Songwriters Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez and composer Christophe Beck return for the sequel.

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