Calling all animation-lovers, 2018 is going to be an exciting year at the cinemas!

After some lacklustre releases from last year (only “Despicable Me 3” and “Coco” stood out), this year’s animated calendar features a healthy list of animated sequels and superheroes. Regardless of age group, we’re positive these characters will appeal to both young and older audiences around the world.

1. “Sherlock Gnomes”

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  • Release Date: 15th March 2018
  • Voice Cast: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J. Blige

The beloved garden gnomes from Gnomeo and Juliet are back for a whole new adventure in London. When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there’s only one gnome to call… Sherlock Gnomes. The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city.”

2. “Peter Rabbit”

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  • Release Date: 15th March 2018
  • Voice Cast: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (played by Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (portrayed by Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.”

3. “The Incredibles 2”

  • Release Date: 14th June 2018
  • Voice Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, Huckleberry “Huck” Milner, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini

In this trailer (or Olympic sneak peak) of “Incredibles 2”, we pick up exactly where the first film left off, with The Underminer threatening to tear the city apart. The trailer also, introduces a new character voiced by Bob Odenkirk that could quite possibly be the villain of this movie. We also get a bunch of cool action sequences involving Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. But what made the first “Incredibles” really awesome is the depth of its characters and the family dynamic. Fear not, we get loads of that too!

4. “Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation”

  • Release Date: 12th July 2018
  • Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Mel Brooks

Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury monster cruise ship so he can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel, and the rest of Drac’s Pack cannot resist tagging along. The monsters are all having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens as Drac falls for the intriguing-yet-dangerous captain of the ship. Balancing family, friends, and a budding romance might just be too much, even for the most powerful vampire.”

5. “Smallfoot”

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  • Release Date: 12th July 2018
  • Voice Cast: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez

‘Smallfoot’ turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.”

6. “The Grinch”

  • Release Date: 6th November 2018
  • Voice Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch

Watch out! Someone’s about to ruin Christmas. The classic Dr. Seuss story has received several adaptations over the years. It’s be interesting to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s interpretation as a classically trained actor as opposed to Jim Carrey’s comedic delivery. Directed by Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney, “The Grinch” will be stealing Christmas this coming November.

7. “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”

  • Release Date: 22nd November 2018
  • Voice Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Taraji P. Henson, Auli’i Cravalho, Kristen Bell, Kelly Macdonald, Mandy Moore, Anika Noni Rose

Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet – the netizens – to help navigate the way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head of algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.”

8. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”

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    • Release Date: 13th December 2018
    • Voice Cast: Shameik Moore, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry

Based on the Marvel Comics, “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” centres on the character Miles Morales as Spider-Man. As he taps into the limitless possibilities in front of him, the Brooklyn teen must juggle between school life and his responsibilities as a superhero. It has been revealed that although Peter Parker is in the plot, the storyline will only show him acting as a middle-aged mentor and passing the baton to Miles.

Source: Coming soon.

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