Movies Coming Out in 2018: What to Watch in Animation


By: Animation Mentor
Jan
03
2018

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2018 is here! For you that might mean resolutions and fresh starts, but most importantly it means getting super excited for all the awesome movies coming out this year. Luckily, we’ve got the next 12 months all planned out for you. Here’s what we’re looking forward to in animation in 2018!


January

Paddington 2
Director: Paul King
Studios: StudioCanal, et al.

We were so excited to see such a beloved classic successfully brought to the big screen in 2014, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Paddington and the Browns next!


February

Peter Rabbit
Director: Will Gluck
Studios: 2.0 Entertainment, et al.

With voice work by Daisy Ridley and Domhnall Gleeson as Mr. McGregor we’ll try not to have flashbacks of Rey and General Hux in The Last Jedi while we’re watching Peter Rabbit.

Black Panther
Director: Ryan Coogler
Studios: Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures

When Marvel’s The Black Panther appeared in an issue of The Fantastic Four in 1966, he was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics! What you may not know, is back in 1992, Wesley Snipes expressed his desire to make a movie—but it never came to fruition. In fact, there were talks of a Black Panther film and various levels of commitment or early development in 1992, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, with a whole slew of directors and actors interested at different times. Whew.

Finally by 2015, the film started to take shape and now we can’t wait to see it this February! Wikipedia actually has a great breakdown of the film’s journey here.

Early Man
Director: Nick Park
Studios: Aardman Animations and StudioCanal

We’re always looking forward to the next Nick Park film, and this one has little woolly mammoths! Also voice work by Arya Stark, Loki, Newt Scamander, and Maurice Moss. Awesome sauce.


March

Pacific Rim: Uprising
Director: Steven S. DeKnight
Studios: Double Dare You, et al.

Taking place 10 years after the first Pacific Rim, the Jaeger program is going strong as the most powerful global defense force in history. But the ocean is growing restless. Bring on the Kaiju! We’re ready. Also, John Boyega joins the cast!

Isle of Dogs
Director: Wes Anderson
Studios: American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, et al.

Yesssssss. We’ve been waiting for Wes Anderson to get back into animation ever since the amazing Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009! Of course, there’s an incredible ensemble voice cast of Anderson alumni as well.

Sherlock Gnomes
Director: John Stevenson
Studios: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Animation, et al.

From the director of Kung Fu Panda and original music by the incredible Elton John and Bernie Taupin—the gnomes are back!

A Wrinkle in Time
Director: Ava DuVernay
Studios: Walt Disney Pictures and Whitaker Entertainment

Now aren’t you proud of yourself for finishing that reading assignment back in 6th grade? A Wrinkle in Time was a tough one for author Madeleine L’Engle to get published after she finished writing it in 1960, and part of her theory about that was that it “had a female protagonist in a science fiction book.” Luckily, we’re getting better at that, and the movie looks incredible! So excited to see the fearless Meg as well as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which in action.

Alpha
Director: Albert Hughes
Studio: Studio 8

Alpha explores the very beginnings of “man’s best friend,” as a young caveman befriends a wolf during the last ice age in Europe. Hello, creature animation!


April

Rampage
Director: Brad Peyton
Studios: New Line Cinema and Wrigley Pictures

The Rock…I mean Dwayne Johnson…has become pretty synonymous with fun and outrageous action movies. In Rampage he actually faces off against something taller than him. We can’t miss that.

The New Mutants
Director: Josh Boone
Studios: Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox

With Logan in 2017, we started to see some of the incredible versatility that the X-Men franchise will have—and this year we get an X-Men horror film that is said to be inspired by Stephen King and John Hughes. Yes please.

Duck Duck Goose
Director: Christopher Jenkins
Studios: Original Force

From the director of Hercules and Surf’s Up comes a new movie with Jim Gaffigan and adorable little ducklings! Looking forward to laughing a lot.


May

Note: This is a fan’s sneak peek, not an official trailer!

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Director: Ron Howard
Studios: Lucasfilm, et al.

Do we even need to say it? Of COURSE we’re pumped to see where it all began for Han, Chewy, and Lando. And they just announced that John Williams will write the theme song!

Avengers: Infinity War
Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Studio: Marvel Studios

After the hilarity that was Thor: Ragnorak we’re really looking forward to the next Avengers movie! Bonus: Guardians of the Galaxy crossover!


June

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Director: J.A. Bayona
Studios: Amblin Entertainment, et al.

Jeff Goldblum is back! Also we can’t wait to see if there are any new outrageous dinosaur species in this one. Kind of an indominus rex 2.0. We’re ready.

The Incredibles 2
Director: Brad Bird
Studios: Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures

You. have. powers!

Deadpool 2
Director: David Leitch
Studios: Donners’ Company, et al.

We’ve been waiting for this since about the first minute of the first Deadpool movie. It’s the year of X-Men!


July

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Studios: Colombia Pictures, et al.

This time, the crew goes on their own vacation on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship. Sounds like some fun shenanigans.

Ant-man and the Wasp
Director: Peyton Reed
Studio: Marvel Studios

Clearly Hope van Dyne had some fighting chops that her father wouldn’t fully let her exercise in the first Ant-Man, so we’re looking forward to seeing her kick even more ass in Ant-Man and the Wasp.


August

The Predator
Director: Shane Black
Studios: 20th Century Fox, et al.

There’s not a whole lot of information out there, yet, about The Predator but we’re still pretty excited for it! We do know that it takes place between Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010) and that the director will be Shane Black who played Hawkins in the original 1987 movie. He also directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, and The Nice Guys.

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Director: Jon Turteltaub
Studios: Apelles Entertainment, et al.

In the words of Jason Statham himself, “Who doesn’t want to watch a film about the biggest shark that’s ever existed?” Enough said.


September

Smallfoot
Director: Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig
Studios: Warner Animation Group, et al.

We love the concept of yetis who aren’t sure that humans exist!


October

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Venom
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Studios: Colombia Pictures, et al.

While Venom will be yet another origin story, this will be an R-rated villain’s origin story, so we can expect some shake-ups. Oh, and Spider-man won’t be there. This is pure Venom. Here’s a quick rundown of what we know about the movie, which is currently filming.

Note: While the image is from the Venom of Spider-Man 3 here are some fun theories about what the new Venom might look like!

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Mowgli
Director: Andy Serkis
Studios: Imaginarium Productions and Warner Bros.

While you were being blown away by The Jungle Book in 2016, did you know that another adaptation of the classic tale was also in the works? This one will mark Andy Serkis’s directorial debut and will star Rohan Chand with voices from Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, and Benedict Cumberbatch. It will be fun to see another perspective!


November

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
Director: Phil Johnston and Rich Moore
Studios: Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures

It’s been six whole years since the first Wreck-It Ralph, and we’re ready for more! This time, Ralph and Vanellope have to travel “to the Internet” to save the game after the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet is broken.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Director: David Yates
Studios: Heyday Films and Warner Bros.

In 2016 we fell in love with all the fantastic beasts in Newt Scamander’s funny little suitcase (especially the Niffler!) We’re super intrigued by a Jude Law Albus Dumbledore and just all-around ready to see what happens next—and what new beasts we’ll get to meet!

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Dr. Suess’ The Grinch
Directors: Peter Candeland, Yarrow Cheney, and Matthew O’Callaghan
Studios: Illumination Entertainment

While it can be difficult (and dangerous) to recreate such a classic, we’re looking forward to seeing the minds behind The Secret Life of Pets and Despicable Me retelling this holiday favorite. Bonus: Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch!

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix
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Studios: 20th Century Fox, et al.

We’re finally getting a Dark Phoenix story! Good thing we already got used to Sansa Stark as Jean Grey in the last one.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Director: Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston
Studios: The Mark Gordon Company and Walt Disney Pictures

This movie looks straight-up gorgeous—and a little dark. We love the idea of a Nutcracker story that explores more of the darker side of the classic tale. And did we mention it looks gorgeous?


December

Mary Poppins Returns
Director: Rob Marshall
Studios: Lucamar Productions, et al.

Hearing that Mary Poppins Returns is a sequel instead of a remake is kind of refreshing! Not that we have anything against remakes, we’re just excited to see a fresh new story—especially one featuring Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda!

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Bumblebee
Director: Travis Knight
Studios: Allspark Pictures, et al.

This will be the first Transformers movie not directed by Michael Bay, which could make for some interesting new perspectives! This time, Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight will give us a Bumblebee spin-off, as well as his live-action directorial debut.

Side Note: Be sure to check out our behind-the-scenes look at Kubo and the Two Strings!

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Aquaman
Director: James Wan
Studios: DC Comics, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros.

With director James Wan at the helm, this is sure to be a departure from the traditional superhero movie, and we’re pumped to see Khal Drogo back in action. Wan’s directorial credits include Saw, The Conjuring, and Furious 7—we’re excited to see what he does with such a unique DC hero.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
Studios: Colombia Pictures, et al.

While we’ve had some great live-action Spider-man stories, it seems like the character is made for an animated movie like this. The animation is almost stylized 3D with a 2D aesthetic and makes Spidey’s movements look even more…well…spiderlike. Why is December so far away?!

Seems like 2018 is going to be an incredible year in animation. Did we miss any movies that you’re looking forward to? Let us know!


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