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ONTD Original: Animation in 2020

Well, this year looks a lot better than last year for feature length animation. Well, kind of 50/50.

Let's get to it.

Table of Contents
i. Honorable Mentions
ii. Pixar
iii. Dreamworks
iv. Stuff no one cares about (ft. WAG, Paramount)
V. Stuff that may be outstanding (Ft. Sony Pictures Animation, Disney)
vi. other

Honorable Mentions:

They're animation in the real world, so I don't think it counts. I did really like the first PR film, but this one looks too stupid to deal with.

Moving onward....


Two large-eyed magical brothers go to resurrect their dead dad with magic. Men? In a Pixar movie? Groundbreaking.

Studio: Pixar
Starring: Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Ali Wong, someone named Chris Pratt
Release Date: March 6th, 2020

For a Pixar movie, this has been remarkably ... un-cared about. I constantly forget this is coming until Disney drops a tenth trailer. It certainly looks nice, but wow. Disney has been fridging mothers for ages, and the (second) time they fridge a father, the story is allll about him.

On the plus side, this is Pixar's first film without involvement from John Lasseter...remember, his actions came to light shortly before Coco came out in 2017, and yet he still produced 2018's Ralph Breaks the Internet and Incredibles 2.

I didn't know that until right now. Hm.

A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back.


Studio: Pixar
Starring: Jaime Foxx, Phylicia Rashad, Tina Fey
Release Date: June 19th, 2020

Allow me to rant.

Disney. Pixar.

What will it take for you to make a movie with black people that A) Doesn't involve Jazz and B) Doesn't turn us into something that strips away our blackness?

Is Damien Chazelle holding everyone hostage? Can you really not stretch your imagination further?  You couldn't even get your one black character right in CGI (Tiana, again, Ralph Breaks the Internet) without going back to the drawing board.

Again, I am sure the movie will be perfectly capable, but when you have two movies that, so far, hit the exact same beats as one another 11 years apart, just say you're creatively bankrupt when it comes to black people and be done with it.

Sony Pictures Animation can do it, and they've been around way, way shorter than you. Get good.

Also, Trent Renzor is doing the music for this. Which is apparently extremely ironic. I don't know him.

On the plus side, Rashad seems to be voicing Foxx's wife, and she's about 19 years older than him. Way to turn those tables (kinda), Pixar!

I was genuinely about to submit this without any Dreamworks films because they've become something of a non-entity as of late, due to their purchase by Universal.

(AKA: I kind of forgot about them.)

When rock tries to roll over other music genres, Troll Queen Poppy goes on a quest to stop them. Featuring a variety of musical genres.


Studio: Dreamworks
Stars: Anna Kendrick, The McElroy Brothers, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson
Releases: April 17th, 2020

The first Trolls was a fair success, one of Dreamworks' rare successes this past decade. It came out shortly after the debacle that was the 2016 Presidential Election in the United States, and I kind of wonder if that contributed to it.

It is genuinely delightful, the first one, and this looks like more of the 'seriously sugary sweet' same.

Also: K-Pop Group Red Velvet will be featured in the film. Unfortunately, Timberlake will have another song on the soundtrack, as well as major role in the film. Can't win 'em all.

Here are two films I see no one caring at all about presently:

Gary has been kidnapped by Poseidon, so Spongebob and Patrick go get him. Also an origin story for Gary, bc why the hell not.

Noted: Not the film.

Studio: Paramount
Starring: The cast of the show.
Release Date: May 22nd, 2020

Remember the last Spongebob movie? It's actually pretty cool, with a stylized, CGI segmentfor the characters that takes place on land. Well, that seems to be the style throughout the entire thing.

The first was wholly hand drawn, the second 75/25, and now this. I guess 2D animation has finally died on the big screen, as Paramount's Loud House movie has been moved to Netflix.

Also, this may or may not be a backdoor pilot of the like to Kamp Koral, a show about Spongebob as a young child. You know, something Hillenburg didn't want.

Let's stop Cerberus! And Scooby is the chosen one. Ok.


Studio: Warner Animation Group
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Mark Whalberg, Will Forte, Zac Efron
Release Date: 15th May, 2020

So there have been many, many rebooted and remade shows aout Scoob and the Gang, but to my knowledge, most of them were 2D. The style on this actually looks super good. Soft and cartoony without being outright horrendous. The CGI is reminicent of Sponge up there.

It's still not something I care about or expect to do really well in the long term. At least it looks a hell of a lot less tryhard than their recent output.

But there are 2 movies I'm really looking forward to:

A family on a road trip has to fight the robot uprising. Produced by Lord and Miller.

Studio: Sony
Starring: Who knows!
Release Date: About that...
So, this has flopped between two release dates - it's current one of September 18th, 2020....and Jan. 24th, 2020. Clearly, it's not making that last one. And with no visuals except the above, I don't know if it's making the Fall one either.

But for now, let's pretend it is.

(Also, somehow I thought Junkie XL was composing for this, but I guess not).


Don't tell me you thought Disney would give up that sweet, sweet Thanksgiving release spot to someone else.

In a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.

Studio: Disney
Starring: Cassie Steele, Awkwafina
Release Date: Nov. 25th, 2020

What we thought might be a Zootopia sequel turns out to be...a SouthEast Asian inspired tale, which sounds wholly more exciting. Announced at D23 in 2019.


It's directed by Paul Briggs, the guy who did a few voices in "Frozen", "The Princess and The Frog", and "Big Hero 6", though most of his work is in Animation and Art. So it's (slightly) less of a white man getting a blockbuster after doing 5 small things.

My bet is you can expect a trailer with Soul, just like we saw the initial Moana trailer with Finding Dory in June of 2016.

Other movies allegedly coming out but with no promo materials are "The Croods 2", "Minions 2", "Clifford the Big Red Dog", "Tom and Jerry", "Wish Dragon", "Bob's Burgers: The Movie", apparently another "Animal Crossing" movie starring JonTron? something called "The Embryo Who Came in From The Cold", and it sounds too prolife for me.

What are you looking forward to?

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Tags: animation, film - action / adventure, film - comedy, ontd original
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