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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!