Animated films are incredibly interesting and entertaining, and this year we loved watching Moana, Zootopia, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Secret Life of Pets to name a few of the many animated films that have been released in Canada. 2016. In fact, a record 27 animated feature films were submitted for consideration at the 89th Academy Awards, making 2016 virtually the all-time best year for animated films, through May of l next year, which is fast approaching with many prospects for this popular genre of film.

Check out the most anticipated Hollywood animated films to release in 2017, listed here according to their release dates.

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Monster trucks


Monster Trucks is a 3D computer animated live action comedy film produced by Paramount Animation, Disruption Entertainment and Nickelodeon Movies and directed by Chris Wedge. Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Derek Connolly and Matthew Robinson wrote the screenplay. The film stars Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Barry Pepper and Holt McCallany. The film will be released on January 13, 2017 at Paramount Pictures.

The Lego Batman movie

The Lego Batman Movie is a Danish-American 3D computer-animated action comedy superhero film produced by Warner Animation Group. This is a spin-off of the 2014 film, The Lego Movie, which focused on the DC Comics character, Batman. The film is directed by Chris McKay and stars the voices of Ralph Fiennes, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera and Rosario Dawson. The film is slated for release in the United States on February 10, 2017 by Warner Bros. in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats.

The boss baby

The Boss Baby is an upcoming 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, starring Tom McGrath and Michael McCullers respectively as director and screenwriter. The film is loosely based on the 2010 picture book of the same name, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. It stars the voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow, with Tobey Maguire as the narrator. The Boss Baby is slated for release on March 31, 2017 by 20th Century Fox.

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village is a 3D computer-animated adventure comedy based primarily on the comic book series by Belgian artist Peyo The Smurfs. Directed by Kelly Asbury, this is a total reboot movie and has nothing to do with Sony’s live action / animation film series. The film will star Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Joe Manganiello and Rainn Wilson, and is scheduled for release on April 7, 2017.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature


The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is a Korean-American-Canadian computer-animated comedy film and the sequel to the 2014 film The Nut Job. Directed by Cal Brunker and co-written by Brunker, Bob Barlen and Scott Bindley, the film stars Jacky Chan, Will Arnett, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale and Peter Stormare. It is produced by Gulfstream Pictures, Redrover International and ToonBox Entertainment, and is slated for release on May 19, 2017 by Open Road Films.

Captain Slip

Captain Underpants is a computer animated feature film based on the Captain Underpants series. Produced by DreamWorks Animation, the film is directed and written by duo Rob Letterman-Nicholas Stoller who previously worked together on Gulliver’s Travels. It stars Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll and Jordan Peele. The film is scheduled for release on June 2, 2017.

Cars 3

Cars 3 is a sequel to the 3D computer-animated sports films Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011) and the third installment of the Cars franchise. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and published by Walt Disney Pictures, it is directed by Brian Fee and is scheduled for release on June 16, 2017.

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 is a 3D computer animated comedy produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is a sequel to Despicable Me 2 (2013) and the third installment of the Despicable Me film series. The film is written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon . Its release is scheduled for June 30, 2017 at Universal Pictures.

Flaming Samurai

Blazing Samurai is a computer-animated action comedy starring Samuel L Jackson, Michael Cera, Michelle Yeoh, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks and George Takei. Directed by Chris Bailey and Mark Koetsier and written by Ed Stone and Nate Hopper, the film will be released on August 4, 2017 by Open Road Films.

The Emoji movie

The Emoji Movie is a 3D animated film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It is directed by Tony Leondis and written by Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White. The film, previously named Emojimovie: Express Yourself, is scheduled for release August 4, 2017 by Columbia Pictures.

Lego Ninjago movie

The Lego Ninjago movie is a Danish-American 3D computer-animated action-comedy martial arts film and the second spin-off of the Lego movie (2014). Directed by Charlie Bean and written by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Kevin Chesley and Bryan Shukoff, the film stars the voices of Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn and Justin Théroux. It is scheduled for release in the United States on September 22, 2017 via Warner Bros. Pictures.

My little pony: the movie

My Little Pony: The Movie is a Canadian-American animated musical fantasy film produced and funded by Hasbro Studios film label Allspark Pictures and hosted by DHX Media. The film is based on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic television series developed by Lauren Faust, as well as Hasbro’s My Little Pony line of toys created by Bonnie Zacherle. It is directed by Jayson Thiessen and written by Meghan McCarthy, who both worked on the TV show. The usual TV cast – Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St Germain and Cathy Weseluck – will reprise their roles from the series while Kristin Chenoweth, Emily Blunt, Michael Peña, Uzo Aduba, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs and Sia Furler will perform guest appearances. The film is slated for a worldwide theatrical release on October 6, 2017 via Lionsgate.



Coco is a 3D animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich, who also directed it, with Adrian Molina as co-director and screenwriter. The film will be released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 23, 2017.


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