It's been another huge year when it comes to animated films and tv shows dominating cinemas and lounge rooms. The Incredibles 2, Isle Of Dogs, and Ralph Breaks The Internet all hit box office gold while television shows such as Final Space, BoJack Horseman, and Ballmastrz 9009 had everyone glued to their sets. Animated movies from in so many different varieties — so while some might dismiss them as generally for kids, it's important to remember how diverse they can be. Even the ones that are for kids come in all shapes and sizes. Needless to say, 2018 was a great year, and there's a lot on the horizon.
With 2019 almost upon us, many fans are unaware of all the awesome new animated creations coming our way. With so many new films and TV shows announced you may have forgotten what's being released next year, so here are our top 30 picks to remind you of what's coming. From the long-awaited Toy Story 4 through to the computer-animated update of The Lion King and the hilarious looking grown-up comedy Tuca & Bertie, here are the best upcoming animated films and tv shows you don't want to miss in 2019.
30 Toy Story 4
Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and company return for the fourth installment in one of the most successful animated franchises in history. Plot details are scarce but it's believed the film is a road trip adventure with Woody, Buzz, and the newly introduced Forky, joining forces to track down Woody's love interest Bo Peep.
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen return as Woody and Buzz respectively while comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peel have been cast as new characters Ducky and Bunny and Keanu Reeves is set to play a yet to be revealed character. This one should be another enjoyable addition to the series.
Netflix continues to dominate when it comes to online streaming content and this extends to their love of animation. Klaus is one of the dozens of new series coming to the network next year. Arriving from the mind of animator Sergio Pablos (Despicable Me, Smallfoot), Klaus centers on a postman in the North Pole who discovers Santa Claus is hiding out there.
This origin story combines animated hand-drawn graphics and computer animation to create what looks like an enjoyable flick and another winner for Netflix.
28 The Addams Family
The latest reimagining of The Addams Family comes from directors Greg Tiernan (Sausage Party, Thomas & Friends) and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens) and features a modern CGI take on the famous creepy family.
There's something about a reality TV host and a family celebration in the plot summary but it's the cast involved that's got me excited.
Oscar Issac (Gomez Addams), Charlize Theron (Morticia Addams), Chloe Grace Mortez (Wednesday Addams), and Nick Kroll (Uncle Fester) all star in what is sure to be a twisted adaptation.
27 Missing Link
This stop-motion animation is described as a comedy adventure featuring Hollywood heavyweights Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, and Zack Galifianakis. Jackman's Sir Lionel Frost is a myth and monster investigator who travels to the fabled valley of Shangri-La in hopes of finding the legendary creature known as Mr. Link.
This one is sure to be full of laughs and tears as Frost attempts to find Link and introduce him to the natural world.
26 Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
The first animated feature to star Wonder Woman since 2009s Wonder Woman, high things are expected from Bloodlines. Although the details regarding the script and voice talent haven't been released, the film is believed to tie into the current DC universe and may be an entirely new story.
After the poor release of the 2009 version, most critics thought there wouldn't be another animated flick, but with the success of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, it seems DC is looking to cash in with this new take on the Amazonian warrior.
25 Tuca & Bertie
This upcoming grown-up animation is set to premiere on Netflix next year and stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as two 30-year-old bird-women who live in the same apartment. Haddish voices Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Wong voices Bertie, an anxious, day-dreaming songbird.
That's about all we know about the show so far but it's sure to detail the differences between the two bird's personalities as they get themselves into all manor weird and wonderful situations.
24 How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The third installment in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise, The Hidden World is shaping up as the best yet. Taking up where the last film left off, everyone is living in a Dragon utopia until Toothless discovers an untamed mate. Hiccup and Toothless join forces and travel to a new world to find out who this new dragon is and where they've come from.
The entire original cast returns and although the film series has diverged slightly from the books, this third and final film is said to have a similar ending to the last book.
23 Carmen Sandiego
Another Netflix creation, Carmen Sandiego is the fourth animated series based on the well-known educational property. Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin) takes on the role of Sandiego as the show follows her adventures traveling the world and stealing famous works of art.
The 20-episode show will be both entertaining and educational and is said to appeal to old and new fans alike.
As long as her trademark red fedora remains I'll be happy.
22 Wonder Park
Wonder Park deserves to be on this list for the cast alone. Featuring the amazing vocal talents of Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, and David Cross, this animated feature is sure to be a hit.
The premise is about a young imaginative girl named June (newcomer Brianna Denski) who spent her childhood constructing an amusement park inhabited by talking animals called Wonderland with her mother and her friends. After growing up, she forgot about the park until she stumbles upon a real-life version in the woods. Under threat from sinister forces, she must team up with the animals in the park to stop it being destroyed.
21 Frozen 2
One of the biggest animated films of the last few years, it was inevitable Frozen would get a sequel. While the plot is unknown, it has been confirmed the main characters of the original will return, with co-director Chris Buck telling Fandango that Elsa's personality will evolve even more in this much-anticipated flick.
Expect another well-written plot along with some great animation and an excellent soundtrack including brand new musical numbers. The only question that remains is whether they can write a song bigger than "Let It Go."
Expect big things from this superhero drama from the mind of The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman. Based on the comic book series of the same name, the show follows normal teenager Mark Grayson, whose dad just happens to be the greatest superhero on earth. When Mark hits 17 he begins to develop his own powers and becomes his father's protege.
The eight-episode grown-up series is set to premiere on Amazon next year and could be a sleeper hit for tv show of the year.
19 Sonic The Hedgehog
While the recent trailer and poster have come under fire I'm putting my faith in this film being better than most people think it will be. Said to be a mix of animation and live-action, this adaptation of Sega's classic console game follows James Marsden's Tom Wachowski as he teams with Ben Schwartz's Sonic to take down Jim Carrey's evil Dr. Robotnik.
There's not much more information going around in regards to this one, but with a reported budget of $90 million and some great casting, surely this one has to be better than the Super Mario Bros. film.
18 Playmobil: The Movie
You might not be overly familiar with Playmobil but this line of German toys is well-known throughout Europe. The main toys are humanoid figures that are released as themes, such as Fire Rescue figures and Viking figures.
This CGI film centers on a young woman named Marla who must venture on an epic adventure into the Playmobil world to find her missing brother. With Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor, and Adam Lambert attached, expect some musical numbers in this comedy adventure.
A favorite of mine during my youth, the spinach-eating Popeye The Sailor Man is returning to screens in 2019. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the iconic character King Features and entertainment studio WildBrain will be producing the first of new Popeye content seen in over a decade.
The new series will debut on YouTube and contain original stories featuring the pipe-smoking sailor.
Hopefully, these episodes are as funny as the classic 60s series and as far removed from the Robin Williams-starring film as possible.
16 Wish Dragon
While I prefer my Jackie Chan films to be filled with violent action set pieces, I'll make an exception for this animated English and Chinese release. Created by Chan's company, Sparkle Roll Media, Wish Dragon is a modern take on the genie in a bottle tale, detailing the relationship between a young boy and a dragon who grants wishes.
The film is begin directed by Chris Appelhans (illustrator on Coraline) from his own script and will be a great advertisement for China's film industry.
15 The Secret Life Of Pets 2
As the title suggests, this film is the sequel to the well-received The Secret Life Of Pets. While the majority of the main cast return, Louis C. K. has understandably been replaced, with the more than capable Patton Oswald taking over as main character Max.
The film continues on from the first and will follow Jack Russell Terrier Max and his group of animal friends as they get up to mischief when their owners are out for the day. This one will be chock full of laughs and the addition of the great Harrison Ford is a bonus.
14 Batman: Hush
All the best Batman comic series and graphic novels are being turned into films these days so it's no surprise Batman: Hush is next on the list. The 12-part story from acclaimed writer Jeph Loeb features a who's who of Batman's rogue's gallery, hints at the return of the deceased Jason Todd and discusses Batman's intimate relationship with Catwoman for the first time.
It's the ideal comic to be turned into an animated feature-length flick and will once again star the awesome vocal talents of Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight. I can't wait for this one!
13 Spies In Disguise
Will Smith and Tom Holland star as Lance Sterling and Walter Beckett in this action comedy. Smith's Sterling is the self-proclaimed "world's greatest spy" who must team with inventor Beckett to save the day while disguised as a pigeon.
If it sounds ludicrous you're not wrong, but with Smith and Holland attached I think this one could be a surprise hit. Also, DJ Khaled and Aussie favorite Ben Mendelsohn are set to appear so that's got me on board.
12 Farmageddon: A Shaun The Sheep Film
Based on the Shaun The Sheep tv show and a direct sequel to Shaun The Sheep Movie, this flick finds Shaun and his sheep mates coming in contact with an alien being who they must help find their way home to stop Farmageddon occurring.
This is another film on this list with an out-there plot that will no doubt be balanced out by fantastic animation and hilarious jokes littered throughout the film. At least I hope so.
This animated musical comedy is based on the plush toys of the same name. The official synopsis states Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) and her UglyDolls friends must travel to the town of Perfection where they "confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most." Heavy stuff.
This one sounds like an emotional tearjerker that's sure to have a happy ending after some character struggles. With the likes of Nick Jonas, Charli XCX, Pitbull, Janelle Monae, and Blake Shelton starring, expect some awesome musical numbers too.
10 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
It's amazing it took so long for the first Lego Movie to be made but they've now made a number of Lego-themed flicks these past few years, with The Second Part the official sequel to the 2014 hit, The Lego Movie.
The plot includes a number of bad guys taking Emmet's friends (Batman, MetalBeard, Lucy, and more) and the everyman construction worker having to travel through space to rescue them and defeat the baddies. If this is anything like the first film it will be a laugh-filled action-adventure romp with a great cast that's well worth a cinema visit.
9 The Angry Birds Movie 2
How they made a video game like Angry Birds into a film is anyone's guess but on a budget of $73 million it made over $352 million, making it a pretty decent success.
There hasn't been much information released surrounding the inevitable sequel but the majority of the original cast have signed on, with Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, and the sensational Peter Dinklage all returning. Leslie Jones has been recruited to play a new female villain, so get ready for another laugh-filled bird-themed flick sure to make millions.
8 The Call Of The Wild
This live-action CGI animated flick is based upon the classic 1903 Jack London novel of the same name. A St. Bernard / Scotch Collie named Buck is stolen from his home and sold to freight haulers who live in Canada.
The book is pretty fierce as Buck learns to live in the dangerous Alaska territory and slowly begins to shed his civilized ways and embrace life in the wild.
It will be interesting to see how this one is filmed and if the heavy themes stay the same or they go for a more Disney approach.
7 Harley Quinn
One of the most popular villains in the DC world, Harley Quinn is getting her own solo television series next year.
The upcoming grown-up show will follow Quinn's adventures after she breaks up with The Joker.
This one will surely feature all manner of popular characters from the Batman universe, with Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Commissioner Gordon, and Batman himself all expected to appear. Kaley Cuoco is voicing Quinn and will be ably supported by Jason Alexander, Wanda Sykes, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Meoni. Expect big things.
Grown-up animated series are all the rage these days and you can add Undone to the list of shows you don't want to miss in 2019. Another Amazon production, the official plot for Undone explores "the elastic nature of reality through its central character, Alma. After getting into a near-fatal car accident, Alma discovers she has a new relationship with time and uses this ability to find out the truth about her father’s demise."
It sounds heavy but Undone is being advertised as a comedy, so expect it to be rather dark with moments of levity. Newcomer Rosa Salazar will be voicing Alma but that's all we know as far as casting so far.
5 Fast & Furious: Spy Racers
The Fast & Furious franchise is massive, totaling eight films so far, so it's no surprise producers have decided to keep the series alive with a TV spin-off. Fast & Furious: Spy Racers is set to premiere on Netflix and centers on a teenager named Tony Toretto, the cousin of Vin Diesel's Dom. Like the films, he and his friends are recruited by a mysterious government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league neck-deep in illegal activities.
DreamWorks Animation is creating the show so expect the graphics to be eye-popping.
Despite no casting announcements, I'm sure this one will attract some big names, with old mate Diesel no doubt set to make a cameo at some stage.
4 Reign Of Superman
Just like DC loves to adapt Batman comics into animated flicks, the same goes for Superman. The Reign Of Superman is a sequel to The Death Of Superman and deals with the aftermath of the Man of Steel's demise, with numerous hero's trying to take his place.
If it's anything like the previous film, Reign Of Superman will feature tremendous animation along with an evolving storyline. Nathan Fillion reprising his role as Green Lantern is worth the price of admission alone.
3 Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
Another live action meets CGI animated film, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu looks absolutely crazy but is sure to be a huge hit when released next year. Human character Tim Goodman is a former Pokémon trainer whose detective father disappears after a car crash. Goodman arrives in Ryme City to find out what happened to his father and ends up teaming with Detective Pikachu, voiced by fan-favorite Ryan Reynolds.
The trailer looks ridiculous but the animation is fantastic and Reynolds as the sarcastic and slightly annoying Detective Pikachu is the ideal casting. Fans of the game will be looking forward to this one.
2 Naya Legend Of The Golden Dolphins
Everyone loves dolphins so if you say you don't want to see this flick I don't believe you for a moment. This 3D animated movie follows the adventures of Naya The Golden Dolphin Princess and her mission to save the Earth.
Plot details are scarce but we do know the film was shot on location in Hawaii, Bimini, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, South Africa, and Mozambique. The cast also includes Quvenzhane Wallis, Gerard Butler, Kate Winslet, Megan Fox, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Page, and James Franco, with a soundtrack featuring songs by The Rolling Stones ("Beast Of Burden") and John Lennon ("Imagine").
Prepare for something magic.
1 The Lion King
Of all the films being remade The Lion King is the one I never thought we needed, but after seeing the short teaser trailer and the cast involved you can sign me up now. What appears to be a fairly faithful remake of the original 1994 film, The Lion King features photorealistic animation with Donald Glover taking the role of Simba.
He's joined by the likes of Beyonce, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and John Oliver, with the great James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa. This one could be an Oscar contender.