In 2021, the joyous tradition of Saturday-morning cartoons is still going strong. Animation technology is improving all the time, even if it might occasionally fall into uncanny valley territory (looking at you, CATS). Animated films, on the other hand, frequently provide us with the unique gift of whimsical depictions of our wildest aspirations. With the situation of the world as it is, we may require more hilarious, silly, and beautiful cartoons than ever before. Fortunately, the animation business is well-positioned to thrive in these remote-working times, and we may expect an increase in animated films (for all ages!) in the future years. Here are the ten most anticipated animated movie releases for 2021, ranging from the upcoming Space Jam film to Bob’s Burgers: The Movie—and everything in between. Here are the best animated shows of all time to make your day and yes, you can watch these shows even if you are an adult working in a Malaysia MLM software company.
- Tom and Jerry (2021)
The world’s most renowned cartoon foes reunite for a cat-and-mouse game on the big screen. When Jerry moves into a small suite at a posh New York City hotel (complete with AirPods as speakers), Tom is hired to apprehend Jerry before he wrecks an important wedding. The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pea, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, and Ken Jeong and is a blend of live-action and computer animation.
- Rango (2011)
After working together on the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski reunited for this delightfully weird animated western about a pet lizard that becomes left in a desert hamlet and reluctantly becomes its rescuer. Rango makes parallels to everything from Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” films to Depp’s own gonzo Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but it’s the surreal visual jokes and deadpan tone that make this a must-see — it’s like a cartoon version of a Coen Brothers comedy.
- Spongebob 2 (2021)
The coming SpongeBob movie has been postponed several times, but it will eventually be released this year via PVOD and CBS All Access in the United States, most likely in February. Our old Bikini Bottom pals will appear a little different thanks to 3D animation, but they’ll still go on the same silly escapades we know and love. SpongeBob and Patrick must rescue Gary, who has been “snail-napped” in Sponge on the Run. Keanu Reeves makes an odd cameo as a wise sage tumbleweed who gives them advice on their voyage.
- Coraline (2009)
The Nightmare Before Christmas has its frightening moments, but Henry Selick’s Neil Gaiman adaptation book is simply creepy. Angry at her inattentive parents, the protagonist of the film finds herself in a world where everyone she knows has been replaced by a cheerier but empty clone, their living eyes replaced with hard black buttons.
- Charlotte’s Web (1973)
The Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, Jungle Book) turned E.B. White’s beloved children’s novel about Wilbur the pig and his friend Charlotte the spider into a musical with earwormy songs: one never forgets Templeton the rat dancing through a fairground gorging himself on the trash and singing “the fair is a veritable smorgasborg-orgasborg-orgasborg!” White is said to have despised the picture, yet it preserves much of the softness and melancholy of White’s novel, a modest tale of enchantment in an unexpected setting.
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