After the success of Disney’s Zootopia and Dreamworks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, year 2016 is still looking strong for the animation industry. There may be some (obvious) upcoming flops such as The Angry Birds Movie, but then there are other films which are hoping to impress animation fans including Kubo and The Two Strings and Finding Dory. Without further adieu, here is Ctrl+GeekPod’s compilation of 2016’s upcoming animated films:
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT / SONY PICTURES)
Okay, so we’ve all played Angry Birds at some point of our lives. It’s all about sling-shotting cute, fluffy and sometimes explosive birds at a stack of houses and destroying pigs while we’re at it. But how is this game going to translate in the film medium?
In The Angry Birds Movie, we are transported to an island that is occupied by happy flightless birds of all shapes and sizes. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the dangerous Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by a bunch of mysterious green pigs, it is up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (LAIKA)
From the acclaimed animation studio of LAIKA, Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure that looks absolutely breath-taking in every single way. Voiced by Art Parkinson, Kubo makes a humble living by telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past, it storms into Earth enforcing an age-old vendetta.
Now on the run, Kubo must join forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) as they set out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Rooney Mara). Can Kubo unlock the secret of his legacy and fulfil his destiny?
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (*)
It was the year 1941 in Paris, France. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful serum when a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (who lives alone with her cat, Darwin) single-handedly carries on with her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the centre of a major conspiracy in which causes her to be on the run from the government and thirsty spies.
FINDING DORY (WALT DISNEY PICTURES / PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS)
Six months after the events of Finding Nemo, Dory suddenly recalls a few of her childhood memories. Accompanied by Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks), Dory sets out on an epic adventure to find her family in the deep blue sea. Along the way, Dory meets Bailey, a white beluga whale; Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a whale shark; and Hank (Ed O’Neill) the octopus.
Since the premiere of its predecessor in 2003, Disney fans have been eagerly counting down the days to Finding Dory. If it is anything like the first movie, we cannot wait to dive into a whole new adventure with our beloved Dory and her friends.
SING (ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT)
Year 2016 is without a doubt an important year for humanised zoo animals. First Disney’s Zootopia, now Illumination Entertainment. In Sing, we witness talking animals vying to win a major singing contest. Headlining this film is a koala named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) who hires a black sheep named Eddie (John C. Reilly) to help him run his business by hosting a singing competition at his theatre.
At first glance, the concept of Sing may seem generic but with a super-star cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, and Scarlett Johansson, we might have to change our minds about this film.
SAUSAGE PARTY (NITROGEN STUDIOS, ANNAPURNA PICTURES, POINT GREY PICTURES, SONY PICTURES)
La-di-da-da~ The first few seconds of Sausage Party might seem G-rated, but oh boy, were we wrong. Featuring many of our favourite comedians such as Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig and Jonah Hill, Sausage Party revolves around a sausage named Frank who lives at a supermarket with other food products.
Despite living a peaceful life at the supermarkets, their ultimate goal in life was to be picked by a customer. Much to their delight, a woman purchases them one day and brings them to her home. But before anything fun could happen, they soon discover the truth about their existence — they are to be tortured to death and eaten by humans. After learning about this horrifying truth, Frank embarks on a quest to warn his friends before it is too late.