Pixar's "Soul"
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Highlights include Pixar's "Soul", Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon", Sony's "Connected" and cartoon saloons "Wolfwalkers".

This year Pixar and Disney are returning to originals with greater inclusion and diversity. Sony returns with another stylistic experiment by Oscar winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse") and twice The Oscar nominee Tomm Moore by Cartoon Saloon ("Song of the Sea", " The Secret of the Kells ”) is about an adventure about the secrets of the wolves.

In addition, Netflix has three new releases, Warner Bros. is launching a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe, SpongeBob, The Trolls and Gru and the Minions are all back, and "Bob & # 39; s Burgers" is making its cinema debut.

Note: All release dates were correct at this time, but are subject to change in response to the corona virus.

Pixar and Disney started the year with "Next" (March 6) the studio's first magical fantasy. Director Dan Scanlon became semi-autobiographical for losing his father at the age of one and his brother at the age of three, and rewrote a story about two teenage Elf brothers (Tom Holland and Chris Pratt from the MCU) on a road trip reviving her late father with a 24-hour spell. Simulated effects are not necessarily difficult for Pixar, but there was a whole set of spells that were created for "Next", and the simulations are varied, colorful and fun.

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connected

Pete Docter, Pixar's chief creative officer, is continuing his Oscar-winning “Inside Out” "Soul" (June 19), which, according to Docter, "asks the final questions: why am I here? Metaphysics. Who would do that? "" Soul "travels from the streets of a retro New York City into the 2D-inspired, soft, flat, translucent, cosmic realm of" The You Seminar ", where Pixar's first black protagonist, Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), is an agent – School band teacher dreaming of playing the piano for a jazz band must look after cynical 22 (Tina Fey) before returning to earth, while musician Jon Batiste writes the jazz music and the score is by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

"Raya and the last dragon"

Disney

In the meantime, Disney (headed by Jennifer Lee, Chief Creative Officer) is experiencing its own integration and expansion of diversity "Raya and the last dragon" (November 25) as a recent example of empowering women. The fantasy adventure, produced by Osnat Shurer ("Moana") and directed by story artists Paul Briggs ("Frozen") and Dean Wellins ("Zootopia") and written by Adele Lim ("Crazy Rich Asians") , is inspired by Southeast Asian culture and offers a new way of empowering women. In the fantastic world of Kumandra, where a sinister force has driven dragons away, the young warrior Raya (voiced by Cassie Steele) is determined to find the legendary Sisu (Awkwafina).

Lord and Millers "Connected" (September 18) continues its mission to transcend storytelling and stylistic boundaries. Directed by Mike Rianda (creative director of Gravity Falls), it is a comedy about a family that fights a technical uprising of all electronic devices, including a new line of personal robots, and focuses on the conflict between a nature-loving father, Rick, focused (Danny McBride from "The Righteous Gemstones") and his social media savvy daughter Katie (voiced by Abbi Jacobson). The Sony version uses the new tools from "Spider-Verse" and contrasts painterly / watercolor elements in the "human world" with the clean, calculated perfection of the "robot world". In addition, a 2D popup animation is used for Katie's POV (referred to internally as "Katie Vision").

Sony will also release "Wish Dragon" (date TBD) A bottle genius fable in contemporary China directed by illustrator and character designer Chris Applehans ("Coraline") and the first film by Base Animation from China (part of BaseFX). It shows the language talent of Jackie Chan and Constance Wu ("Fresh Off the Boat").

After participating in the Oscar race last season with its first two nominees, "Klaus" and "I Lost My Body", Netflix proved that it is an animation force to be reckoned with and the pet Funds projects from indie directors from around the world. And the streamer got off to a promising start in 2020 with Aardman & # 39; s "A Shaun the Sheep Film: Farmageddon" (February 14), the sequel to the Oscar-nominated "Shaun the Sheep Movie". The stop-motion aardman first explored sci-fi when Shaun made friends with a free-spirited alien child, LU-LA, in this 80s-inspired, inclusive adventure.

"Connected"

Sony Pictures animation

Netflix also has two originals: "The Willoughbys" (April), a quirky comedy about unconventional family values ​​with a hint of Roald Dahl 's absurdity (based on the Lois Lowry children's book) and "Over the moon" (date TBD), An adventure about a young girl building a rocket ship to meet the moon goddess. "The Willoughbys" by Kris Pearn ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"), produced by Bron Animation in Vancouver, offers a colorful sensitivity to the picture book and a voice that includes Maya Rudolph, Will Forte and Alessia Cara. "Over the Moon" is the directorial debut of legendary animator Glen Keane (the Oscar-winning short film "Dear Basketball" by Kobe Bryant). It is produced by the Chinese Pearl Studio ("Abominable") and animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

With "Scoob!" (May 15th), Warner Bros. Animation's goal is to rename its popular "Scooby-Doo" franchise to Millennials and Gen Z audiences. Directed by Tony Cervone (animation director "Space Jam"), it is the first all-CG feature "Scooby-Doo" in which the endearing Great Dane (Frank Welker) alternates between two timelines and reveals how he shaggy (Will Forte). and the rest of his friends from Mystery Inc. while helping solve the case of the mysterious ghost dog Cerberus. Fred, Daphne and Velma speak Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried and Gina Rodriguez with guest appearances by other Hanna Barbera characters: Mark Wahlberg as Blue Falcon, Ken Jeong as Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman, Kiersey Clemons as Dee Dee Sykes and Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly.

With the takeover of Fox by Disney, the mouse house inherited "Bob's Burger: The Movie" (July 17), the feature idea of ​​series creator Loren Bouchard. It is a musical comedy with a touch of fantasy that the Belcher family and their adventures in a hamburger restaurant by the sea with Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), wife Linda (John Roberts) and their three children Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene, involving (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal).

DreamWorks ("Trolls: World Tour", "The Croods 2") and Paramount ("The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run") promote sequels, while Illumination ("Minions: The Rise of Gru") offers a prequel. With "Trolls: World Tour" (April 10) Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return as Poppy and Branch in a more expansive and colorful film about acceptance. They fight hard rock villain Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), who threatens to destroy the other five musical troll tribes. In the sequel to "Croods" "The Croods 2" (23rd of December)The prehistoric clan of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone confronts the evolved Bettermans family (Lesley Mann and Peter Dinklage).

"The Willoughbys"

Netflix

in the "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" (May 22), SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) travel to the lost city of Atlantic City to save Gary the snail (Kenny). This is the first CG-animated incarnation (animated by Mikros Image) and the first glimpse of how SpongeBob and Gary met when they were children. And in "Minions: The Rise of Gru" (July 3), We learn the story of the origin of the super villain of the same name who became a super villain (Steve Carell) when he worked out his first evil plan in the 70s as a 12-year-old (with the voices of Taraji P. Henson, Jean-). Claude Van Damme and Alan Arkin).

With regard to international publications, GKids has so far "Ride Your Wave" (February 19), the anime-romantic fantasy about the connection between music, sea and immortality of the Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa ("The night is short", "Walk on Girl"). Funimation released "My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" (February 26) Director Kenji Nagasaki, the second in the successful franchise based on the popular manga, continues with the youngsters who want to become superheroes fighting against Nine, their most powerful enemy.

However, the highly anticipated international feature of the year is that of Cartoon Saloon "Wolfwalker" (date TBD), It was directed by Moore and long-time art director Ross Stewart. It's about an 11-year-old hunter who is forced to reassess her mission to wipe out the last remaining wolf pack in Ireland. The 2D fairy tale contrasts Kilkenny with a block print style with watercolors and ink stains for the forest and a charcoal look for the wolves. Though Cartoon Saloon collaborated with streamer Apple TV + on "Wolfwalkers," no movie theaters have been announced yet (but it's worth noting that GKids previously featured "The Breadwinner", "Song of the Sea", and "The Secret of Kells" by Cartoon Saloon has released). ).

"Wolfwalker"

Cartoon saloon

As for the Oscar handicap, the early contenders should be "Soul", "Raya and the last dragon", "Connected", "Wolfwalker" and "Farmageddon".

Below is a list of the animated features to be released in 2020:

Cartoon saloon

"Wolfwalkers" directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, theatrical distribution and release date TBD 2020

Disney

"Onward" by Dan Scanon, released March 6, 2020
"Soul" directed by Pete Docter is scheduled for release on June 19, 2020
"Bob's Burger: The Film" by Loren Bouchard is scheduled for release on July 17, 2020
"Raya and the Last Dragon" directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins is scheduled for release on November 25, 2020

Funimation

"My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising" by Kenji Nagasaki, released February 26, 2020

GKids

"Ride Your Wave" by Masaaki Yuasa was released on February 19, 2020

Netflix

"A film by Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon" directed by Will Becher and Richard Phelan, released February 14, 2020
"The Willoughbys" directed by Kris Pearn is slated for release in April 2020
"Over the Moon" by Glen Keane, released date TBD 2020

Paramount

Tim Hill's "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" is scheduled for release on May 22, 2020

Sony

Mike Rianda's "Connected" is scheduled for release on September 18, 2020
"Wish Dragon" by Chris Applehans, released date TBD 2020

Universal

"Trolls: World Tour" directed by Walt Dohrn is scheduled for release on April 10, 2020
Minions: The Rise of Gru by Kyle Balda and Brad Ableson is slated for release on July 3, 2020
"The Croods 2" by Joel Crawford is scheduled for release on December 23, 2020

Warner Bros.

"Scoob!" Directed by Tony Cervone to be released on May 15, 2020

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