It’s 2017, a new year. It is time for the film critics to analyze the performance of films at the box office. The year 2016, saw animated movies perform much better at the box office, than the mainstream cinemas. Animated feature films are around for years now, and they are consistently getting better.
With some of the big animated production houses like Disney, Warner Bros. Studio, Pixar and DreamWorks, the year witnessed some outstanding animated movies which conquered not only the minds of children, but also adults, who are impishly getting addicted to the animated characters.
The year 2016 had a few animated movies which remained the most talked about animated films. Some of which have been in the works for years. So without any delay, we are listing down the ten best animated movies which entertained the viewers in 2016.
1. Kung Fu Panda 3:
Release date: 29th, January
One of the most successful and awaited animated movie of 2016. It remained one of the biggest comedy adventures. Po and the Furious Five are back in the hilarious and critically-acclaimed hit film your whole family will love! When Po discovers a secret village of fun-loving, clumsy pandas, he must train them to defeat Kai, a supernatural villain who threatens to destroy Kung Fu.
This second sequel of Kung Fu Panda franchise was terrifically star-studded. Many A-list celebs lent their voice to the film, including Jack Black, Kate Hudson, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen and Bryan Cranston.
Release date: 4th,March
If you haven’t watched Zootopia yet, then they you’re definitely missing out something. It looks like Walt Disney Studio has proved their acumen in creativity and animation once again. Zootopia is a city inhabited by modern mammals. A place where everyone can live from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.
This story is all about a rabbit who gets involved in solving a mysterious case. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with fast-talking scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery, which makes her work much harder.
3. The Angry Birds Movie:
Release date: 20th, May
This film is based on the most popular iPhone game application from Rovio. In this hilarious animated adventure comedy, you’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. In an island paradise populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts- Red, Chuck and Bomb, to figure out what the pigs are up to. This movie features voice-overs by stars like Jason Sudeikis, Sean Penn, Danny McBride etc.
4. Finding Dory
Release date: 17th, June
A sequel to Finding Nemo (2003), Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? The story whirls around the California coastline; which welcomes few new characters, those who are proving to be a vital part of Dory’s life. Dory begins the search for her long lost parents and experiences a life changing adventure along the ocean of California.
5. The Secret Life of Pets
Release date: 8th, July
The same minds who have entertained the audience with their film “Despicable Me” back in 2010, have presented this year again another cute, family – friendly movies. The story based on bustling Manhattan apartment, where the real life of a pet dog starts after its owner leaves for work. It is about the only pets and how their life turns upside down when its owner brings home a new pet.
6. Ice Age: Collision Course
Release date: 15th, July
Ice Age 5 created by Blue Sky Studio, it is the fifth episode of Ice Age film series and the sequel to Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). The inhabitants of Ice Age world, Manny, Diego, Sid and the rest of the herds join up with Buck to fend off a meteor strike that would about to destroy their world.
7. Kubo and the Two Strings:
Release date: 10th, August:
Everyone may not like this animated movie, but this is certainly a fascinating and unique movie. This film is about young Kubo who lives in a quite small town. Suddenly he faces a vengeful spirit from the past which turns his life upside down. The film involves God, monster, and supernatural elements. Armed with the magical instruments, Kubo fights with Moon King and other Gods to solve the mystery of his late father.
8. The Sausage Party:
Release date: 12th, August
This is actually an animated movie for adults. This is a film about the journey of sausage after it dumped out of the shopping cart. One sausage leads a battalion of sausages in order to discover the truth about their existence and what happens to them after they leave the grocery store.
Release date: 4th, November
Trolls is the third animated movie created by DreamWorks Animation. This film is a grand scale musical comedy centered around troll dolls which were popular in 1960’s. Trolls is a 3D animation filled with drama, music and hair–raising adventure.
Release date: 23rd November
Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer animated musical fantasy comedy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation. This story is about a spirited teenager who sails out to accomplish a daring mission and to fulfill her ancestor’s unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets the ocean God Maui, and together they explore the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering various marine creatures and impossible odds.
This list of animated movies which were released in 2016 was intensive. But here we have penned down those ten films that bring changes in our mood, emotion or modifies the inner life. Like the previous year the film industry has gifted us with some great entertaining movies. In the year 2017, we hope the same legacy to be maintained by the film industry.