Finding Dory, Moana and 3 Unreleased 2016 Animated Movies to Look Forward to

So far, it’s been an exciting year for animation. In fact, it was recently announced that the second highest grossing film of this year (as of June 2016) was Disney’s Zootopia (first place was Captain America: Civil War). According to , Zootopia accumulated one billion dollars worldwide, and it’s the fourth animated movie in history to achieve this. Despite the year being half way over, there’s still a ton of animated pictures left to be released. Personally, I have five animated films that I’m looking forward seeing to the most and I think y’all should check them out. Among them are an adult comedy, stop-motion feature and a sequel of a beloved classic.

5. Sausage Party

Seth Rogen’s demented brain child is being released on August 12th. The movie is about produce, and other perishables at a supermarket who seek to be “chosen” by gods (grocery story patrons), so they can be brought home and enter eternity. However, what they don’t realize is that these gods intend to eat them and prepare them (from their perspective) in sadistic methods. The film’s protagonist Frank (voiced by Seth Rogen) finds out this horrid truth, and intends to tell everyone about it before it’s too late. This comedy is rated R, and boasts a celebrity cast including Edward Norton, James Franco and Selma Hayek (to name a few).

4. Sing

This Illumination Pictures’ movie is about a theater owner hosting a singing competition to save his failing establishment. This allures contestants from all walks of life. So far, what I love about this movie is how it’ll feature music from every decade-all the way back to the 40’s. And most of the characters sound sympathetic and have realistic motivations (Rosita wants to capture her long lost dream, Johnny wants to stop being a criminal and Ash wants to jump-start her music career). At the least, it’ll probably be a cute and entertaining flick for everyone to enjoy. Sing is due to hit theaters on December 21st.

3. Moana

The filmmakers behind The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog (Ron Clements and John Musker) bring you Moana. The film’s titular character sets sail along with a demigod named Maui to find a fabled island. It’s quite an ambitious project as this film will feature Disney’s first Polynesian princess. To find the voice for Moana, hundreds of girls and women across the pacific islands had auditioned to win the coveted role before Auli’i Cravalho (a Hawaiian native) was cast. The fact this will be a traditional and non-traditional Disney princess movie is fascinating and exciting. Moana is due for to be out on November 23.

2. Finding Dory

The long awaited sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo is swimming its way into theaters on June 17th. This time around, Dory wants to find her family, and she won’t stop at anything to see them again (even her short-term memory). It’ll be great to see old characters returning, and new ones surfacing. Judging by the film’s teaser and trailers, it seems that it’ll (hopefully) be just as touching and humorous as its predecessor.

1. Kubo and the Two Strings

Now, for those of you who have been belly-aching for an original movie; I think this one might be for you. Kubo and the Two Strings is a 3D stop-motion animated feature about young boy named Kubo who must battle monsters, and retrieve his deceased, father’s Samurai suit to protect his family from a vengeful spirit. Anyone who knows stop-motion animation knows what an arduous and tedious process it is- especially when it’s feature length. So, having seen the special attention paid to detail, integrated Japanese elements and seamless action has me absolutely pumped for this movie. It’s clear the filmmakers and crew have put tremendous amounts of effort into making this an artistic masterpiece. Kubo and the Two Strings will release on August 19th.

While, I don’t mean to disrespect other animated films I sincerely believe these will be the most noteworthy animated features of this year (not including prior released films). They hold high potential, appear to offer something new and they’re for all ages (with the exception of Sausage Party). The fact people can use drawings, puppets or CGI to create and bring characters to life is nothing less than stunning or lovely. And to think, despite these films taking years to make there’ll always be individuals keen on devoting their time and talent to bringing us these movies.

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