Get ready for more razzle dazzle on the big screen. Here are a dozen movies we are excited to see next year:
The Mitchells vs. The Machines. Gravity Falls alums Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe direct this clever, offbeat movie about a loving, dysfunctional family whose road trip is interrupted by a sinister robot uprising. Chris Miller and Phil Lord are exec producing with Kurt Albrecht. Sony Pictures Animation, Jan. 10.
Onward. Directed by Dan Scanlon, this original Pixar movie is set in a magical world of elves, trolls, mermaids, centaurs, fauns, gnomes and goblins. Story centers on two teen elf brothers (Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) who set out to discover if there is still magic in the world so they can spend time with their late father. With the voices of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer. Disney-Pixar, March 6.
Trolls World Tour. Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) find out that there are other Troll tribes devoted to other types of music (pop, funk, classical, techno, country and rock!) when hard rockers Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom) and her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne) try to destroy all other kinds of music. Directed by Walt Dohrn and co-director David P. Smith. With James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Rockwell, Jamie Dornan and Gwen Stefani. Universal/DreamWorks, April 17.
Scoob! Animation veteran Tony Cervone directs this fresh new take on Hanna-Barbera’s popular Scooby-Doo character. With Frank Welker, Zac Effron, Gina Rodriguez, Will Forte, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons, Mark Wahlberg and Jason Issacs. Reel FX/Warner Animation Group, May 15.
The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge. We learn about SpongeBob’s formative years in this CG-animated spin on the Frank Capra classic, directed by Tim Hill and featuring the voices of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Awkwafina, Reggie Watts and Snoop Dogg! Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies/Mikros Image, May 22.
Soul. Pete Docter directs this new Pixar pic about a middle school music teacher whose soul is accidentally separated from his body and is transported to a center where souls develop and gain passions before being sent to newborn children. Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad and Daveed Diggs. Disney/Pixar, June 19.
Minions: The Rise of Gru. Rumor has it that we’ll learn about the origins of evil mastermind Gru (Steve Carell) in the prequel, directed by Kyle Balda and co-director Brad Ableson. Universal/Illumination, July 3.
Vivo. Directed by Kirk DeMicco and co-director Brandon Jeffords, this animated musical features the music of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also voices a charming kinkajou. The story begins in Havana and follows a capuchin monkey who teams up with a high-spirited young girl named Gabi to deliver a love song to his owner’s lost love in Miami. Screenplay by Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes. Sony Pictures Animation, Nov. 6.
Raya and the Last Dragon. Disney’s 59th animated feature centers on a fearless warrior named Raya (Cassie Steele) who searches for the last dragon in the world. Awkwafina voices Sisu, a water dragon who can transform into a human. The movie is directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, with a screenplay by Adele Lim. Disney, Nov. 25.
The Croods 2. DreamWorks’ popular prehistoric family are back in their second big-screen adventure, in which they are challenged by a rival family (The Bettermans), who claim to be more evolved! Joel Crawford directs the movie, which features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Peter Dinklage and Leslie Mann. Universal/DreamWorks, Dec. 23.
Wish Dragon. Written and directed by Chris Applehans, this modern-day fairy tale centers on the moral challenges that emerge from the encounter between a young boy and dragon who is able to make his wishes come true. Jackie Chan, who is producing the movie, is also providing the voice of Pipa God. With Constance Wu, John Cho, Will Yun Lee, Jimmy Wong and Bobby Lee. Sony Pictures Animation/Base FX/Flagship Entertainment Group, Release Date TBA.