June 2021 streaming guide June 2021 streaming guide

Welcome to our monthly guide to streaming animation.

We’ve rounded up the shows and films — new and old alike — coming to Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Criterion Channel, and Apple TV+ in June (in the U.S.). Fully animated and hybrid titles are included, as are documentaries about subjects related to animation.

Check out our six picks of the month, then scroll on down for the full list.

Our picks

Wish Dragon. Boy and magical dragon — who’s channeling more than a touch of Disney’s genie — venture across Shanghai in this Sony-China co-production, which kicks off a rich month for animated film premieres on streaming. The feature is the first product of SPA’s young international initiative, announced in 2019. Netflix acquired it mid-pandemic. (Netflix, June 11)

Luca. Home viewers are spoiled this month: Pixar’s latest is the second made-for-theaters animated film to debut on streaming in as many weeks. Controversy over the release strategy notwithstanding, hopes are high for this Italy-set coming-of-age fantasy, the third straight original feature from the studio. The director is longtime Pixar story artist Enrico Casarosa. (Disney+, June 18)

America: The Motion Picture. The first original animated feature that Netflix announced (way back in 2017) is coming out at last. It happens to be R-rated, offering a darkly comic revisionist take on the nation’s history. Channing Tatum stars; Archer exec producer Matt Thompson directs; Phil Lord and Chris Miller are among the producers. (Netflix, June 30)

Central Park. Apple TV+’s programming, animated and otherwise, remains paltry. Central Park, whose second season debuts this month, is a bright spot on the slate. The sitcom centers on a family who live in the eponymous New York park, following their struggles against land developers with sweet humor and songs aplenty. The show shares a studio (Bento Box) and creator (Loren Bouchard) with Bob’s Burgers. (Apple TV+, June 25)

Super Friends. HBO Max continues to fill out its DC animation back catalogue by adding this, a surefire nostalgia boost for comic fans of a certain stripe. The Hanna-Barbera series, which is based on the Justice League comics, ran to many seasons (under various titles) between 1973 and 1985, and it’s unclear exactly which will come to the platform this month. (HBO Max, June 18)

Aya of Yop City. Animation is criminally underrepresented in the Criterion Collection’s physical media releases, but the Criterion Channel has been doing a considerably better job of representing both animated features and shorts. This month, the service will make available three European animated features, including this César-nominated effort from 2013 which adapts Marguerite Abouet’s graphic novels set against the backdrop of 1970s Ivory Coast. Abouet co-directed the film with her husband, Clément Oubrerie, who illustrated the graphic novels. (Criterion Channel, June 23)


Netflix
  • Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, season 2 (series; June 1)
  • Cocomelon, season 3 (series; June 1)
  • Super Monsters: Once Upon a Rhyme (special; June 1)
  • The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, season 1 (series; June 1)
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (two-part feature, June 3)
  • Trese, season 1 (series; June 10)
  • Wish Dragon (feature, June 11)
  • Rhyme Time Town, season 2 (series; June 15)
  • Record of Ragnarok, season 1 (series; June 17)
  • Godzilla Singular Point, season 1 (series; June 24)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement (series; June 28)
  • Starbeam, season 4 (series; June 29)
  • America: The Motion Picture (feature; June 30)

Disney+
  • Raya and the Last Dragon, free access (feature; June 4)
  • Disney Amphibia, season 2 (series; June 4)
  • Muppet Babies, season 3 (series; June 4)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (feature; June 4)
  • Us Again (short; June 4)
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch (series; new eps on June 4, 11, 18, 25)
  • Puppy Dog Pals, season 4 (series; June 11)
  • Zenimation, season 2 (series; June 11)
  • Luca (feature; June 18)
  • Dino Ranch, season 1 (series; June 18)
  • PJ Masks, season 4 (series; June 25)

HBO Max
  • Leapfrog: Math Adventure to the Moon (special; June 1)
  • Leapfrog: Numbers Ahoy (special; June 1)
  • Leapfrog: The Letter Factory (special; June 1)
  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (feature; June 1)
  • To Your Eternity (series; June 2)
  • The Fungies!, season 2a (series; June 2)
  • Lazor Wulf, season 2 (series; June 10)
  • Summer Camp Island, season 4 (series; June 17)
  • Super Friends (series; June 18)

Criterion Channel
  • A Cat in Paris (feature; June 12)
  • Tales of the Night (feature; June 19)
  • Aya of Yop City (feature; June 23)

Apple TV+
  • Central Park, season 2 (series; June 25)

Image at top, left to right: “Luca,” “America: The Motion Picture,” “Aya of Yop City”

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