All the best CGI movies to be released in 2019-2020

A comprehensive list of the highly anticipated computer-generated animated films which are set to be launched over the next two years



2018 was a big one for CGI movies, but the next two years will be even bigger, in terms of major feature animation releases, aimed at the children’s or family film markets.

Here is the list of the upcoming computer-generated animated films, set to be released in 2019-2020, with their release dates.



Uglydolls (May 10, 2019)

STX Entertainment is getting into the animation business with UglyDolls, an animated musical adventure, based upon a series of highly popular plush toy characters, starring the acting and singing voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton and Pitbull.


The Secret Life of Pets 2 (June 7, 2019)

Illumination’s tenth animated feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster.

It is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy, written by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch and directed by filmmaker Chris Renaud, the visionary team behind Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and the Minions franchise.


Toy Story 4 (June 21, 2019)

Toy Story is a proper institution, that launched the modern era of CGI animation.

Nine years after Toy Story 3, the Pixar series comes back with the fourth installment, directed by Josh Cooley (Riley’s First Date?) and produced by Jonas Rivera (Inside Out, Up) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer Inside Out).


The Lion King (July 19, 2019)

After the success of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, Disney realized a live-action remake of The Lion King, which is actually photoreal computer animation.

The new version of the beloved Disney classic, with songs from the original animation, will be directed by returning The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau.


Wish Dragon (July 26, 2019)

Wish Dragon is a computer-animated movie starring Jackie Chan, whose company, Sparkle Roll Media, will be a producer and co-investor in the film.

The story, set in contemporary China, is based on an original story by Chris Appelhans, who will also direct the film.


Playmobil: The Movie (August 16, 2019)

In the wake of The Lego Movie‘s success in 2014, the German Playmobil toys make the jump to the big screen.

Animated by Canadian On Animation Studios, Playmobil: The Movie marks the directorial debut for Lino DiSalvo, who used to work as an animation supervisor for Disney on films like Bolt, Tangled, and Frozen.


Angry Birds 2 (September 6, 2019)

The flightless birds and scheming green pigs, which starred in the Finnish mobile game by Rovio Entertainment Corporation, are back in the follow up to first movie released in 2016.

The film is again produced by Columbia Pictures, Rovio Animation and Sony Pictures Animation.


Spies in Disguise (September 13, 2019)

Spies in Disguise is an animated comedy set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage.

At the center of the story are super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland).


Abominable (September 27, 2019)

DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

The film was first titled Everest but in May 2018 it had been retitled Abominable, to avoid confusion to the unrelated 2015 film with the same title.


The Addams Family (October 18, 2019)

The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first 3D computer animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block.

This reboot of the creepy and spooky family is produced by MGM.


Frozen 2 (November 27, 2019)

Frozen 2 is the sequel to 2013’s animated musical adventure Frozen.

Main characters Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell) and their friend Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), together with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, are all returning from the first film.


Klaus (Christmas 2019)

Sergio Pablos, writer and co-creator of Despicable Me, makes his directorial debut for this Christmas animated family comedy.

Exclusive global rights to Klaus have already been acquired by Netflix.


Nimona (February 2020)

Based on the best-selling graphic novel of the same name written and drawn by Noelle Stevenson, Nimona is an animated adaptation realized by Twentieth Century Fox Animation.


Trolls World Tour (April 10, 2020)

No presidential-election year is safe from Trolls. DreamWorks is working to a sequel to the 2016 animated musical about trolls.

Stars Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake will reprise their roles as Poppy and Branch.


Scoob (May 15, 2020)

Warner Bros first announced its big screen revival of Scooby Doo back in 2015.

The project has been delayed until 2020, but it’s finally set to release. Following the pair of Scooby Doo live-action movies, dated 2002 and 2004, this time it will be a fully animated adventure.


It’s a Wonderful Sponge (May 22, 2020)

Paramount Pictures is releasing 3rd SpongeBob Squarepants feature film, The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge, which will reveal how SpongeBob met his best buddies in Bikini Bottom.


Minions 2 (July 3, 2020)

Director Kyle Balda, best known for his movies Minions (2015) and Despicable Me: 3 (2017), returns with Minions 2.

The animated film will be produced by Illumination Mac Guff studio where Balda worked as the head of the layout for Despicable Me (2010).


Bob’s Burgers (July 17, 2020)

20th Century Fox is making a feature film based on its own animated series Bob’s Burgers.

The series follows the lives, loves and misadventures of the Belcher family, who runs a hamburger restaurant in a seaside town.


I Croods 2 (September 18, 2020)

In 2013, the world was introduced to the prehistoric era family, The Croods.

The sequel was first announced and then officially canceled in 2016, but after DreamWorks Animation’s purchase by Universal, an all-new adventure back in time is finally coming, with returning stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke.


Ron’s Gone Wrong (November 6, 2020)

The film is the first title to emerge from the new long-term co-production and development deal between 20th Century Fox and the UK CG animation startup Locksmith Animation.

Ron’s Gone Wrong is being co-directed by Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Pixar Story vet J.P. Vine (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur).


Vivo (November 6, 2020)

Vivo is Sony Pictures Animation’s big project, anchored by 11 songs written by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda, who already wrote the music for Disney’s Moana.

The story centers on the tale of a capuchin monkey with a thirst for adventure and a passion for music.


Sing 2 (December 25, 2020)

Illumination’s sequel to the animated holiday musical hit Sing is centered on a singing competition featuring anthropomorphic animals.

The main voice cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Reese Witherspoon, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, and Rocketman lead Taron Egerton.