AWARDS WATCH 2018 – Animation Scoop


Checklist of Animated Features To Be Released in the U.S. in 2018

1. MARY AND THE WITCHES FLOWER (1/18/18) GKIDS. D: Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

2. BILAL: A NEW BREED OF HERO (2/2/18) Vertical Entertainment. D: Khurram H. Alavi, Ayman Jamal

3. PETER RABBIT (2/9/18) Warner Bros. D: Will Gluck.

4. EARLY MAN (2/16/18) Lionsgate. D: Nick Park.

5. THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES (2/23/18) GKIds. D: Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner.

6. SHERLOCK GNOMES (3/23/18) Paramount. D: John Stevenson.

7. ISLE OF DOGS (3/23/16) Fox Searchlight. D: Wes Anderson.

8. DUCK DUCK GOOSE (4/20/18) Open Road Films. D: Christopher Jenkins.

9. SMALLFOOT (5/11/18) Warner Bros. D: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig

10. THE INCREDIBLES 2 (6/15/18) Disney-Pixar. D: Brad Bird.

11. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION (7/13/18) Columbia. D: Genndy Tarakovsky.

12. TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (7/27/18) Warner Bros. D: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail.

13. THE GRINCH (11/9/18) Universal. D: Peter Candeland, Yarrow Cheney, Matthew O’Callaghan.

14. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2 (11/21/18) Disney. D: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore.

15. SPIDERMAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (12/14/18) Columbia. D: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

NOTES: 2018 Limited-release theatricals (movies going Direct-to-Video (DVD, VOD but getting a theatrical billboard) began this year with a pair of anime via Fathom Events – DIGIMON ADVENTURE TRI: LOSS, directed by Keitarou Motonaga on February 1st; then MAZINGER Z: INFINITY, directed by Junji Shimizu, on February 10th. Much more to come!

On The Radar

These films are tentatively scheduled for 2018 but lack a release date or a US distributor. This list will be constantly updated throughout the year.

MONSTER FAMILY (2/9/18) Direct TV. D: Holger Tappe.

SGT. STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO (4/13/18) D: Richard Lanni.

ARCTIC JUSTICE: THUNDER SQUAD (4/27/18) D: Aaron Woodley


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David is currently Vice-President of ASIFA-Hollywood, the International Animated Society that has its roots in France, and produces The Annie Awards, animation’s highest honor. David is a digital producer at Twentieth Television, where he creates digital content for social media platforms, which includes the company’s YouTube channel and other digital outlets. He was previously at ABC Studios and was involved with shows like Desperate Housewives, LOST, Alias, Grey’s Anatomy, Commander in Chief, Scrubs, Private Practice, According to Jim and Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as television miniseries Muppets’ Wizard of Oz and Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital.
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