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Warner Bros. Will Release 3 Animated Features in 2017-’18

Following the success of the LEGO Movie—$457 million to date—Warner Bros. is getting back into feature animation in a big way. They’ve already announced a sequel to the LEGO Movie, to be directed by Chris McKay and released on May 26, 2017. Now, they’ve set dates for two more animated features—both in 3D—for February 10, 2017 and February 9, 2018.

The names of the titles have not been released, though the new Warner Animation Group had previously announced two feature titles called Storks and Smallfoot, the latter of which is definitely still in active development.

With the exception of Happy Feet, almost all of Warner Bros.’ animated efforts in the past decade have been duds, including Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Yogi Bear, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, The Ant Bully, and the Happy Feet sequel.

The studio admitted their total cluelessness last year when they launched a poor man’s version of Pixar’s “brain trust” which they dubbed a think tank”. The goal of that group is to release “one high-end animated motion picture per year.” It looks like audiences will have to wait until 2017 to see how well that tank thinks.

(source: Variety)

  • Bixby

    Put Bruce Timm in charge!!

    • Vero

      That would be amazing!!!

  • jonhanson

    I read “Storks” as “Snorks” and was pretty worried. As of now I’m cautiously optimistic.

  • LukeHancock

    Anyone know which studio has the rights to Bone?

  • AmidAmidi

    I wrote “in the past decade.” That was 15 years ago.

    • elliot Lobell

      damn, i feel old.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Welcome to my world.

  • Ace

    An fully animated Scooby Doo feature film is in development as well,

    • Chris Sobieniak

      oh boy. :-/

    • MaskedManAICN

      Only excited if it’s 2D, but I’m sure it’s not.

  • Marco_Sensei

    I agree on that but the thing that worries me a lot is when I see how badly they distributed The LEGO Movie Worldwide… 166 copies only for the Japanese release ? And in France… It was n°3 of Box Office 2 weeks in a row and then… they’ve just stopped putting it on screens on week 3 (only a few weekend screening left in Paris and only 1 theater with original version… in week 3 ! O_o). That film worth much more that those 457 millions but the Worldwide release was bumpy and messy, and I surely hope they wont do it again with their next hit… -_-

  • John A

    Iron Giant was a great film that did disappointing box office due to horrible marketing. I hope this “brain trust” succeeds in overhauling the entire process of making and marketing animated films for WB.

    • MaskedManAICN

      They bungled “Cat’s Don’t Dance” as well. WB always seemed hell bent on failing to me.

  • TJR

    Wasn’t a Space Jam sequel already announced recently?

    • Kris Åsard

      Nope, those news got misinterpreted. A Space Jam sequel might be *in development* wich essentially would mean that they’re paying a writer to throw stuff at the wall to see if anything sticks. Doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone is gonna want to finance and produce a movie.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Given it’s about “Storks”, who thinks this will be another “believe in yourself” scenario? Not knowing anything else, I keep thinking of it surrounding a baby delivering service, if people still like to believe in that. :-P

  • Adzl33t

    WB makes the best Tv animation, some off thoses animators should be promoted

  • John A

    Now that you mention it, I have found you get the best results when you follow your gut.

  • Personally, I think the only way “The Thief and the Cobbler” would get true justice would be as an indie project. Frankly, no studio’s going to pick it up now since getting it finished would be a labor of love, not a cash cow. That being said, there’s certainly hope for it in that direction.