While some of us aren’t sure how we’ll cope without a big new LEGO movie in 2018, at least we can take solace in knowing that some good-sounding animated stuff is on its way. Like these…

 

Isle of Dogs
Studio: Indian Paintbrush
Australian release: March 22*

In animated terms this is Wes Anderson’s follow-up to the quite wonderful Fantastic Mr Fox. The tale of a boy named Atari who’s lost his dog and does his all to find it, the voice cast includes (deep breath) Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Fisher Stevens, Courtney B Vance, F Murray Abraham, Ken Watanabe, Yoko Ono and, of course, Bill Murray.

 

Sherlock Gnomes
Studio: MGM/Paramount
Australian release: March 22*

OK, we’ll be honest, we’re not sure what we think of this one. After almost all the gnomes disappear, the sworn protector of garden gnomes is called in. His name? Oh come on… The voice cast includes Johnny Depp as super-sleuth Sherlock Gnomes, while James McAvoy and Emily Blunt rekindle their roles as ceramic sweethearts Gnomeo and Juliet. Also joining the garden are Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mary J Blige, while Elton John provides some song-like things.

 

Early Man
Studio: Aardman
Australian release: March 29 (Victoria & Queensland)/April 5 (national)*

Now this is one that we can’t wait for. Aardman do their full-on stop motion plasticiney thing in this tale of reluctant caveman Dug. It’s the turning of ages from Stone to Bronze, and the very British-sounding cavemen find themselves up against the very French-sounding, erm, French folk. In order to protect their land, Dug must lead his tribe to victory – in a soccer match. Voice cast notables include Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Miriam Margolyes, Timothy Spall and Richard Ayoade.

The Incredibles 2
Studio: Pixar
Australian release: June 14*

This needs no introduction, but too late – we’ve already written what you’re reading. The simple synopsis so far is “Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.” The original voice cast return, including Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L Jackson, while Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk join the incredible fray.

 

Hotel Tranyslvania 3: Summer Vacation
Studio: Sony
Australian release: July 12*

Adam Sandler gives good Dracula, and he’s back and off on holiday. It’s his turn to get pampered, as his monster posse take to the sea on a luxury cruise. Love is in the air – but what’s at stake? The familiar voice cast, including Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, Mel Brooks, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Kevin James and Fran Drescher.

 

Smallfoot
Studio: Warner
Australian release: September 27*

You’re familiar with the legend of Bigfoot, yes? Well this one does the old switcheroo on it, telling the tale of the mythical “smallfoot” from the side of the yetis. Yep, you guessed it, smallfoot is… man! Migo, voiced by Channing Tatum, is a smart yeti, as he believes that humans are real. Those around him aren’t so sure though, and see him as a bit of a nutter. But he’ll show them! The voice cast also includes Danny DeVito, Zendaya, Common, Lebron James, Gina Rodriguez and James Corden.

 

The Grinch
Studio: Illumination
Australian release: November 8*

Dr Seuss’ brilliant Christmas tale of the grumpy old Grinch and his assault on the seasonal festivities of Whoville gets the treatment from the Despicable Me people, their second retelling of a tale of the good doc’s after 2012’s The Lorax. Co-directed by Yarrow Cheney (The Secret Life of Pets) and Peter Candeland (who’s previously worked with Gorillaz), the only voice reveal so far is that of the Grinch – and it’s Benedict Cumberbatch.

Grinch

 

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
Studio: Disney
Australian release: November 22*

THe first outing of Ralph’s surprised many with it’s aceness. Yes, we loved it and can’t wait for this one, where the big guy and Vanellope von Schweetz are let loose on the internet in search of a fix for the Sugar Rush game, encountering all manner of new sights and sounds – and Disney princesses – along the way. All the key cast are returning, a bunch of cameos are planned and Taraji P Henson joins the mix as the mysterious (well, currently at least) Yesss.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Studio: Sony
Australian release: December 13*

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) take on the world of Spider-Man in style, introducing Miles Morales to the Marvel movie mix. In this universe, separate to the usual Marvel one, more than one person can wear the Spidey mask – so yes, you really are seeing double, four Spider-Men! The film stars The Get Down‘s Shameik Moore as the voice of Morales, while Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber and Mahershala Ali (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) also give voice to characters.

Madagascar 4
Studio: Dreamworks
Australian release: TBC

Umm, well, erm… Madagascar go-to guy Tom McGrath hinted early in 2017 that this was still in the works, and a 2018 release date remains sticky-taped to it. The eventuation of this would be a good thing, as beyond the usual mania-filled fun of the now familiar crew, it would likely stop any thoughts of a sequel to The Boss Bab– oh damn, one’s set for 2021!

Madagascar

 

* Many of these dates are likely to be changed due to school holiday scheduling and such