The 7 Most Anticipated Animated Films Of 2016

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The Academy Awards may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’re not excited to see some big movies in 2016. How big? So big they had to be animated.

Since we here at MUCH believe that you’re never too old for animated movies, were looking at the films we can’t wait to see on a Saturday afternoon with our kid’s popcorn combo. It comes with candy!


March 4

In Disney’s latest effort to make us wonder whether our pets speak English when we’re not around, Zootopia is about a world when animals have human qualities and roles, including police officers and bad guys.

Ginnifer Goodwin voices a young bunny cop who is laughed out of the force because of her race, although we’re pretty sure it’s also because she’s the only female officer. In an effort to catch the city’s biggest (in scale, not size) criminal, she teams up with a friendly fox.

In Zootopia, sloths run the DMV, mice run the mafia, and we think chipmunks are bankers. Plus, everyone is cute. That we know for sure.

The Angry Birds Movie

May 20

The game that has taken up so much of your (bathroom) time is now being made into a movie, proving that wasting time on your phone is just film studies in disguise. We are all scholars.

The Angry Birds Movie stars Jason Sudeikis as Red, the angriest bird of them all. Thanks to his bushy eyebrows, Red has been flocked mocked since childhood, turning him into a loner with a short fuse.

When Bird Island gets a visit from a ship full of mysterious pigs, Red is the only one who sees their arrival as something other than friendly. The pigs want bird eggs and they’re not afraid to use giant sling shots to get them.

The new film is a who’s who of the comedy world, with Sudeikis starring alongside Peter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph, Josh Gad, Jillian Bell, Bill Hader, Keegan-Michael Key, Danny McBride, Hannibal Buress and Blake Shelton.

Finding Dory

June 17

Our favorite forgetful fish is back and this time she’s doing her best to remember, well, anything. Ellen DeGeneres reprises her role as the blue tang Dory, and along with her clown fish friends she sets out to discover where she came from.

Finding Nemo is Pixar’s highest grossing film to date, so expect some huge numbers from Finding Dory. Until then? Just keep swimming.

The Secret Life of Pets

July 8

If you’ve ever wondered what your pets are up to when you’re not at home and don’t want to spend big bucks on installing a camera system to check in on them, we suggest putting The Secret Life of Pets on your must-see list for 2016.

The pets of an exclusive Manhattan apartment building stick together, so when one of their own goes missing they set off to find him in the Big Apple. Think Madagascar meets Toy Story.

The 3D film features Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate, Hannibul Buress, Louis CK and more.


November 4

Every fad comes back into style eventually and this November we will see the return of the troll dolls. With their jeweled belly buttons and brightly colored hair, the trolls are looking for a new place to live and sing and avoid the Bergens, which apparently want to eat trolls. We find them a little too hairy to be appetizing.

From the creators of Shrek, the film features a cast of A-list voices, including Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, and Gwen Stefani, as well as original music from Timberlake.


November 23

Disney’s Moana may be the 2016 version of Frozen, bringing girl power to the big screen. Moana is a young Hawaiian girl who sets off to learn more about her heritage long with the demigod Maui. Expect to be looking at flights to Hawaii when the film is released next winter.

The lead role will be voiced by 14 year-old Hawaii native Auli’i Cravalho in her first acting gig. Not a bad start in the movie biz.

December 21

What’s better than an animated film full of cute animals and the voices of hilarious comedians? Cute animals that are singing and dancing to some of the biggest pop songs on the radio. Did we mention there’s piglets? So cute.