The Best New Animated Movies to Watch in Theatres
7/1/2021 • 4 min read
It's a great time for animation, and not just because Pixar and Disney have been firing on all cylinders lately! Nearly every big studio is trying something new with animated movies or expanding their fan-favorite worlds.
Warner Bros. is set to open SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY, which is the studio's second hybrid live-action/animated movie of the year, while PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE brings the young-audience hit to the big screen at last. There are new HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and ADDAMS FAMILY movies, and RON'S GONE WRONG, an original adventure from a new animation house. Here are the best new animated movies that are now playing and coming to theaters soon.
The Boss Baby: Family Business
In the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar®-nominated blockbuster comedy, the Templeton brothers —Tim (James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) — have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again … and inspire a new family business. Tim and his wife, Carol (Eva Longoria), the breadwinner of the family, live in the suburbs with their super-smart seven-year-old daughter Tabitha (Ariana Greenblatt), and adorable new infant Tina (Amy Sedaris).
Tabitha, who’s at the top of her class at the prestigious Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood, idolizes her uncle Ted and wants to become like him, but Tim, still in touch with his overactive youthful imagination, worries that she’s working too hard and is missing out on a normal childhood. When baby Tina reveals that she’s—ta-da!—a top-secret agent for BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Erwin Armstrong (Jeff Goldblum), it will reunite the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways, lead them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and discover what truly matters.
THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS opens on July 2.
Josee, The Tiger and the Fish
With dreams of diving abroad, Tsuneo gets a job assisting Josee, an artist whose imagination takes her far beyond her wheelchair. But when the tide turns against them, they push each other to places they never thought possible and inspire a love fit for a storybook.
JOSEE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH plays from July 12-14.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
It's the second big live-action/animation hybrid of the year! NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside Bugs Bunny in the long-awaited sequel SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY. Director Malcolm D. Lee and producers Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter create a manic mash-up of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids.
When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny, and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself.
SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY opens on July 16.
Paw Patrol: The Movie
The PAW Patrol is on a roll! When their biggest rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and everyone’s favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head-on. While one pup must face his past in Adventure City, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty. Together, armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City! Joining the PAW Patrol in their thrilling first big-screen adventure are members from the original series’ cast along with Iain Armitage, Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Kim Kardashian West, Randall Park, Dax Shepard, with Tyler Perry and Jimmy Kimmel and introducing Will Brisbin.
PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE opens on August 20.
The Addams Family 2
Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel, The Addams Family 2. In this all-new movie we find Morticia and Gomez distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time.” To reclaim their bond they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. Their adventure across America takes them out of their element and into hilarious run-ins with their iconic cousin, It, as well as many new kooky characters. What could possibly go wrong?
THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 opens on October 1.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
Drac’s Pack is back like you've never seen them before! HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA is the final chapter of the series created by Genndy Tartakovsky, who returns as writer and executive producer while Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon take over as directors. Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg star as Dracula's daughter Mavis and her human husband Jonathan, and the voice cast also features Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Brian Hull, Asher Blinkoff, Brad Abrell, Fran Drescher, Jim Gaffigan, and Molly Shannon.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA opens on October 1.
Ron's Gone Wrong
RON'S GONE WRONG is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler, and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally connected device, which is supposed to be his “Best Friend Out of the Box.” Ron’s hilarious malfunctions, set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship. Features the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, and Rob Delaney.
RON'S GONE WRONG opens on October 22.
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