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Welcome to our first-ever monthly guide to streaming animation.

We’ve rounded up the shows and films — new and old alike — coming to Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max in January (in the U.S.). Fully animated and hybrid titles are included, as are documentaries about subjects related to animation. We’ll be publishing a new round-up every month.

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


Our picks

Carmen Sandiego. Netflix’s well-liked take on the long-running edutainment franchise returns for a fourth and final season, which will continue to flesh out the benevolent super-thief’s back story. (Jan 15)

Isle of Dogs. Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated feature is a love letter to pooches, an homage to Akira Kurosawa and yakuza films, and an immaculately crafted stop-motion marvel wrapped into one. Three years after its release, it is joining Disney+. (Jan 15)

Studio Ghibli documentaries. Over the last decade or so, the hermetic Japanese studio has greenlit a string of behind-the-scenes documentaries, two of which — The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness and Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki — are on HBO Max. (Jan 12)

Vintage Cartoon Network. HBO Max is also welcoming a torrent of old shows from its sister network. Subscribers can now revisit Codename: Kids Next Door; Courage the Cowardly Dog; Ed, Edd n Eddy; and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. (Already streaming)

Pixar Popcorn. Buried in the deluge of announcements at Disney’s recent Investor Day, this series of mini-shorts is one of the first newly unveiled shows to launch. We know little about it, other than that it features established Pixar characters in new storylines. (Disney+, Jan 22)


Netflix
  • Abby Hatcher (series; Jan 1)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (feature; Jan 1)
  • The Haunted Hathaways (series; Jan 1)
  • Headspace Guide to Meditation (series; Jan 1; Netflix Original)
  • Running Man (series; Jan 1)
  • Gabby’s Dollhouse (series; Jan 5; Netflix Original)
  • Charming (feature; Jan 8; Netflix Original)
  • The Idhun Chronicles, part 2 (series; Jan 8; Netflix Original)
  • Mighty Little Bheem: Kite Festival (series; Jan 8; Netflix Original)
  • Carmen Sandiego, season 4 (series; Jan 15; Netflix Original)
  • Disenchantment, part 3 (series; Jan 15; Netflix Original)
  • Kuroko’s Basketball (series; Jan 15)
  • Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie (feature; Jan 15)
  • Pinkfong & Baby Shark’s Space Adventure (feature; Jan 15)
  • Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, season 2 (series; Jan 22; Netflix Original)
  • Go Dog Go (series; Jan 26; Netflix Original)
Disney+
  • Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (feature; Jan 1)
  • Ferdinand (feature; Jan 8)
  • Star Wars Forces of Destiny (series; Jan 8)
  • Toy Story That Time Forgot (tv special; Jan 8)
  • Elena of Avalor, season 3 (series; Jan 15)
  • Isle of Dogs (feature; Jan 15)
  • Mary Poppins Returns (feature; Jan 15)
  • Pixar Popcorn, premiere (series; Jan 22)
  • Epic (feature; Jan 29)
HBO Max
  • 12 oz. Mouse (series; Jan 1)
  • Apple & Onion (series; Jan 1)
  • Batman Beyond (series; Jan 1)
  • Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker (feature; Jan 1)
  • Batman: Bad Blood (feature; Jan 1)
  • Batman: Death in the Family (short; Jan 1)
  • Batman: Hush (feature; Jan 1)
  • Batman: The Animated Series (series; Jan 1)
  • Codename: Kids Next Door (series; Jan 1)
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog (series; Jan 1)
  • Craig of the Creek (series; Jan 1)
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy (series; Jan 1)
  • Happy Feet (feature; Jan 1)
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series (series; Jan 1)
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (series; Jan 1)
  • Happily N’Ever After (feature; Jan 1)
  • Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White (feature; Jan 1)
  • The Jellies! (series; Jan 1)
  • Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (feature; Jan 1)
  • Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart (series; Jan 1)
  • Superman: Doomsday (feature; Jan 1)
  • Superman: Man of Tomorrow (feature; Jan 1)
  • TMNT (feature; Jan 1)
  • Tom Goes to the Mayor (series; Jan 1)
  • Squish (series; Jan 8; HBO Max Original)
  • Ben 10, season 4A (series; Jan 9)
  • Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation (feature; Jan 12)
  • Alpha and Omega 6: Dino Digs (feature; Jan 12)
  • Hellboy: Blood and Iron (feature; Jan 12)
  • Hellboy: Sword of Storms (feature; Jan 12)
  • Hellboy: The Dark Below (feature; Jan 12)
  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (feature; Jan 12)
  • Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers (short; Jan 12)
  • Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting on Lemonade (short; Jan 12)
  • Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team (short; Jan 12)
  • Leapfrog: Numberland (short; Jan 12)
  • Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (feature; Jan 12)
  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (feature; Jan 12)
  • Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure (feature; Jan 12)
  • The Ollie & Moon Show (series; Jan 12)
  • Promare (feature; Jan 12)
  • Ride Your Wave (feature; Jan 12)
  • A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (feature; Jan 12)
  • Vixen (series; Jan 12)
  • Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World (director’s cut), season 1 (series; Jan 15)
  • Looney Tunes Cartoons, second batch of episodes (series; Jan 21)

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