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Feature Film

A List Of American Animated Features Currently In Development

There’s so much happening in feature animation nowadays, it can be hard to keep track of it all.

It’s tough even for us at Cartoon Brew, so we’re launching a simple resource below to help keep track of creatively developed and/or funded American animated features in development.

The list below tracks projects in development that have been announced or are publicly known. It’s incomplete at the moment, but we’ll fill in the blanks and keep it updated over time. It offers a pretty good snapshot of the future of U.S. feature animation, and lets readers observe broader industry trends, such as Hollywood’s heavy reliance on cg techniques and adaptations of properties from other media, especially children’s books and comics.

Alcon Entertainment
  • Darkmouth (more)
    In development – cg feature
    Directors: David Pimentel, Doug Sweetland
    Writer: Lloyd Taylor
    Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove (Alcon), Simon Brooks (Canyon Creek Films), Kira Davis (8:38 Productions), Craig Peck
  • Garfield
    In development – cg feature
    Creator: Jim Davis
    Executive producers: Jim Davis, Bridget McMeel
    Producers: John Cohen (The Angry Birds Movie), Steven P. Wegner, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove
Amazon Studios
  • Emily the Strange (more)
    In development – cg feature
    Creator: Rob Reger
Columbia/Sony Pictures
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Shannon Tindle (creator of Kubo and the Two Strings)
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Michael Rianda (creative director, Gravity Falls)
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Jon Saunders (commercial director, Passion Pictures)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Creator: Crockett Johnson
    Writer: Dallas Clayton
    Producers: James Lassiter, Will Smith
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Sony Pictures/Marza Animation Planet)
    Executive producer: Tim Miller (Deadpool, Blur Studio co-founder)
    Director: Jeff Fowler, (Gopher Broke)
  • Untitled Angry Birds Sequel (more)
    In development – cg feature (Columbia Pictures/Rovio)
    Director: Thurop van Orman (creator, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack)
    Co-director: John Rice (supervising director, King of the Hill)
  • Vivo (more)
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Kirk DeMicco (co-director, Croods; director, Space Chimps)
    Writer: Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights)
    Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Dreamworks Animation
  • Spooky Jack (more)
    In development – cg feature
    Writer: Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum)
    Producer: Damon Ross (development executive, Captain Underpants: The First Movie, Troll, Turbo)
    Executive producer: Jason Blum
Fox
  • Escape From Hat
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Director: Mark Osborne (director, The Little Prince; co-director, Kung Fu Panda)
    Writers: Adam Kline, Mark Osborne
    Producer: Mark Osborne
  • Frogkisser!
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Garth Nix
    Development executive: Ralph Millero
  • Peeves
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation/Temple Hill Entertainment)
    Creator: Mike Van Waes
    Producers: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
    Development executive: Ralph Millero
  • Puff the Magic Dragon (more)
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Director: Mike Mitchell (director, Trolls, Sky High)
  • Ron’s Gone Wrong
    Pre-production – cg feature (Fox Animation/Locksmith Animation/Double Negative)
    Director: Alessandro Carloni (co-director, Kung Fu Panda 3), J.P. Vine
    Writers: Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith
    Producer: Lara Breay (Megamind, Penguins of Madagascar), Julie Lockhart , Sarah Smith
    Executive producer: Elisabeth Murdoch, Peter Baynham
  • The Dam Keeper
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Directors: Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi
    Writer: John Henry Hinkel
    Producer: Kane Lee
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
  • The Girl Who Drank The Moon
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Kelly Barnhill
    Writer: Marc Haimes (Kubo and the Two Strings, Nimona)
    Producers: Carlos Saldanha, Maresa Pullman
  • The Littlest Bigfoot
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Jennifer Weiner
    Executive producer: Jennifer Weiner
    Producers: Jake Weiner, Chris Bender
    Development executive: Andrea Miloro
  • The Memory Thief
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Producers: Perrin Chiles, Marshall Lewy (Adaptive Studios), Shawn Levy, Dan Levine (21 Laps)
  • The Witch Boy
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Molly Knox Ostertag
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
  • With Kind Regards from Kindergarten
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Director: Mark Osborne
    Writers: Adam Kline
    Producer: Mark Osborne
  • Zita the Spacegirl
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation/Chernin Entertainment)
    Creator: Ben Hatke
    Writers: Morgan Jurgenson (Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil), Alex Ankeles
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
Illumination Entertainment
  • Johnny Express (more)
    In development – cg feature (Illumination/Mofac Alfred)
    Creator: Kyungmin Woo
  • Super Mario Bros. (more)
    In development – cg feature (Illumination/Nintendo)
MGM
  • The Addams Family (more)
    Pre-production – cg feature (Cinesite Studios)
    Director: Conrad Vernon (co-director, Sausage Party, Madagascar 3, Monsters vs. Aliens)
    Writer: Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, 9, Monster House), Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief, upcoming Scooby)
    Producers: Gail Berman, Alex Schwartz, Conrad Vernon
    Executive producers: Kevin Miserocchi, Andrew Mittman
    Production executive: Tabitha Shick
Paramount Pictures
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid
    Creator: Norman Bridwell
    Writer: Justin Malen (Bastards)
  • The Flamingo Affair
    In development – cg feature
    Writer: Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House)
    Producers: J.J. Abrams
    Production executive: Jon Cohen
Skydance Media
  • Good Luck Bad Luck (more)
    In development – cg feature (Ilion Animation Studios)
    Director: Alessandro Carloni (co-director, Kung Fu Panda 3)
    Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
  • Split (more)
    In development – cg feature (Ilion Animation Studios)
    Director: Vicky Jenson (co-director, Shrek, Shark Tale)
    Writer: Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent)
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

These studios only announce films targeted for or already in production, but no longer make their development slate public.

Warner Bros.
  • Bone (more)
    In development – cg feature (Warner Bros./Animal Logic)
    Director: Mark Osborne (director, The Little Prince; co-director, Kung Fu Panda)
    Creator: Jeff Smith
    Writers: Adam Kline, Mark Osborne
    Executive producers: Mark Bauch (Lin Pictures), Mark Osborne
    Producers: Dan Lin (Lin Pictures), Zareh Nalbandian (Animal Logic)
  • Billion Brick Race
    In development – cg feature (Warner Bros./Animal Logic)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)
  • Space Jam 2
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid
    Director: Justin Lin (director on The Fast and the Furious franchise)
  • The Jetsons
    In development – cg feature (Warner Bros. Animation)
    Director: Conrad Vernon (co-director, Sausage Party, Madagascar 3, Monsters vs. Aliens)
Independent Studio Productions
  • Bubbles (more)
    In development – stop-motion feature (Starburns Industries)
    Directors: Mark Gustafson, Taika Waititi
    Writer: Isaac Adamson
    Executive producer: Isaac Adamson, Lee Stobby
    Producers: Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak (End Cue), Dan Harmon (Starburns Industries)
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Branded Pictures Entertainment)
    Writer: David Bowers, Brian Sawyer, Gregg Rossen
  • Foxy Trotter (more)
    In development – 2D hand-drawn (Titmouse/Fairy Dust/Bold Films)
    Director: Chris Prynoski
    Writers: Jess Rotter, Michael Reich, Jessica Hindley, Mike Pinkney
    Producer: Natalie Portman, Chris Prynoski
  • Kung Fu Space Punch (more)
    In development – cg feature (ReelFX)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)
    Writer: Doug Langdale
  • Pet Robots
    Pre-production – cg feature (Blue Dream Studios)
    Director: Scott Christian Sava (Animal Crackers)
    Writers: Scott Christian Sava, Audry Taylor, David Wise
    Art director: Armand Serrano (visual development artist, Zootopia, Big Hero Six)
  • The Book of Life 2
    In development – cg feature (ReelFX)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)
  • Untitled Transformers film
    In development – cg feature (Hasbro/Boulder Media Studio)
  • Wendell and Wild
    In development – stop-motion feature (no studio attached)
    Director: Henry Selick (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas)
    Writers: Jordan Peele, Henry Selick
    Producer: Henry Selick
  • Wish Police (more)
    In development – cg feature (ReelFX/Headless)
    Directors: Adrian Garcia, Alfredo Torres, Victor Maldonado (Headless Productions)
    Producer: Kirk Bodyfelt
  • Daniel Park

    Wow Mark Osborne has a ton of stuff in development. Really looking forward to what he does with Bone.

  • Bart Crowe

    I swear I thought Sony was working on an animated Spider-Man movie. Maybe I confused it with the upcoming Spider-Man PS4 game or they handed the reigns off to Disney.
    Is Bone based off the Jeff Smith comic? Seems like a smart idea to adapt that into an animated movie.

    • Dave 52

      No, Sony is still working on that animated Miles Morales Spider-Man Movie, it’s just that this list doesn’t have it on here. It has a release date for December 2018 along with it’s cast as well. This list is also missing a couple other films, particularity from Warner Bros such as The LEGO Movie Sequel, the Adventure Time Movie, and Space Jam 2. Sony also has two more original animated films they have announced from Michael Rianda and Jon Saunders.

      • AmidAmidi

        Some of the films you mention, like Spider-Man and Lego Movie sequel are beyond development as far as I’m aware. But yes, added Rianda and Saunders to the list of development projects.

  • James Wiseman

    Is it wrong that I want to see a Sonic the Hedgehog movie? Not sure about the live action/animation hybrid tho…

  • Blasko

    Was really hoping to see Shane Acker’s name somewhere in here. He was attached to Beasts of Burden, but haven’t heard an update since 2013.

  • Anonymous

    You left out Avatar 2 because that’s also a animated feature.

  • Andres Molina

    Thats lot of films in development. First. Lets acknowledge the elephant to the room: The medium of these films! You know what I’m talking about.
    LiveAction/CGI or Fully CGI: 29 Films.
    Hand-Drawn: 0!!

    Its staggering that, of all the films currently being announced, every single one of them is part, or completely CGI. I have nothing against CGI, in fact, I’m ADORE and LOVE CGI, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be CGI. At this point, and practically according to this list, the only 2 studios that even has the mere possibility of making a hand-drawn film is Pixar and Disney, and only because they haven’t announced what films are in development yet. And when they are announced, chances are, their films will be CGI. It’s saddening to see traditional animation be put aside and forgotten. So at this point, and yes, I’m probably crazy for saying this, but the first studio that needs to make a fully hand drawn film is PIXAR! Yes, Pixar, because even though this isn’t what they have done in the past, I believe that seeing a hand drawn film come out of the studio that focused its entire history with CGI, would not only send a beneficial shock wave to the entire animation industry, but it could convince all the other studios that if THE studio that practically kickstarted CGI is doing hand-drawn feature animation, then maybe the other studios would convince themselves to branch out and embrace other mediums, and maybe we’ll see more films using traditional animation.

    Its not surprising to see Pixar and Disney without films announced in their development slate. Pixar is overall very secretive and reserved when it comes to films in their early stages, possibly to avoid leaks and even in a way, to surprise the audience with what they are releasing once these films are in production. So far they have 3 films currently in development with release dates but we don’t know what they are yet, so, at least for me, it makes it all the more exciting to await what they have once they announce them. So far, I’m betting my Money on Mark Osborne’s Bone, which has the most potential to being the best of them all. Overall, despite the over abundance of CGI, I’m really excited to see what these people come up with.

    • AmidAmidi

      Actually, one of the films on the list is stop motion, but your point is taken.

      More than 30 films pitched at the European forum Cartoon Movie last March incorporated hand-drawn elements, and many of those films will be produced. Hand-drawn is a valid creative choice that serves certain ideas well, and it continues to be successful in other parts of the world. In fact, the 8th-highest grossing animated release of last year was a hand-drawn film, “Your Name,” and it achieved that success with few box office dollars from American viewers.

      The reason for the overwhelming dominance of cg by U.S. studios is because it’s a top-down business decision imposed on filmmakers by the people who control the money. Animation directors who choose to direct in the U.S. have to abide by that and choose ideas that will hopefully be best served by the cg process.

  • Elsi Pote

    R.I.P. Sonic the Hedgehog, Sony will hammer the last nail on your coffin.

    How ironic is Sony killing Sega a second time around. But, whatever!

    • Dave 52

      With the director of Deadpool involved in your film there is a chance that your film can possibly be decent.

      • Strong Enough

        the writers of deadpool made it what it was. the direction wasn’t anything special

  • Jack Franco

    Yay! Almost all CGI (with some stop motion) and now hand drawn animation though wouldn’t space jam be hand drawn? They never said anything about it did they?

    • David

      I think you’re safe from seeing any hand drawn animation on the big screen , Jack. I seriously doubt the Space Jam sequel will have any hand drawn animation (except maybe in the end credits sequence , they might hire someone like Uli Meyer or Ken Duncan to do some nice looking “tribute” animation to the classic Warner Bros. characters … )

  • Strong Enough

    wonder what happened to Teddy Newton. he comedic talents need to be mined.

    • Luke

      It’s also quite the tragedy that the Brizzi Brothers haven’t been able to get a feature off the ground. In a much better universe, they’d be given the Stanley Kubrick treatment and do whatever they want to do.

  • Tigercat919

    Wait, are they actually planning a Space Jam sequel? I honestly thought those “Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James” rumors were just that.

    • Glowworm

      That’s what I thought too. Cracked.com had to keep debunking that rumor.

  • Mister Twister

    Please no Space Jam 2………

  • LarryBundyJr

    Nothing from Laika on the horizon?

  • Glowworm

    I accidentally misread “Kung Fu Space Punch” as “Kung Fu Space Panda” and laughed hysterically.

  • David

    Nothing announced from Blue Sky or Laika ?