Being an animation fan, I thought it would be great to let people know what they might be able to catch, miss and then eventually watch on DVD this year! This is definitely the year of sequels: Cars 2, KungFu Panda 2, Happy Feet 2 and Hoodwinked 2. But aside from these, there are some great movies to look forward to: Rango, Hop, Smurfs, Rio, Adventures of Tintin, The Lion of Judah, Puss in Boots and many more!
The Lion of Judah
US Release Date: 25 March
The Lion of Judah is the sequel to the movie Once Upon a Stable, taking place 30 years after the events of the first film. Follow the adventures of a bold lamb (Judah) and his stable friends as they try to avoid the sacrificial alter the week preceding the crucifixion of Christ. Interesting thing, it features the voice of Anupam Kher!
EDDY DECO starts off as a classic hard boiled detective story. Eddy is hired by a beautiful and mysterious woman to find her missing father, but as the plot unfolds with several bizarre twists and turns, the story has similarities to Men in Black, and Star Wars. Eddy’s search leads him to villains who have a disconcerting habit of turning into giant lobsters and octopi.
US Release Date: 1 April
The Easter Bunny is accidentally hit by a car, and it’s up to the offending driver to save Easter. The movie tells of E.B. a teenage rabbit who on the eve of taking over from his father as the Easter Bunny, leaves his home in Easter Island for Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer, and is hit by Fred O’Hare an out of work slacker who was driving home. Feigning injury, E.B. manipulates Fred to take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world’s worst house guest, both will learn what it takes to finally grow up, as Fred is pressed to partner with E.B. to save Easter from a evil Easter Chick named Carlos who wants Easter Chicks to be in charge of Easter.
US Release Date: 15 April
When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams. Blu is a rare species of blue Spix’s macaw resident at a bookstore in Moose Lake, Minnesota, who is the last of his kind. When scientists learn that another macaw was spotted in South America and that the macaw, Jewel is female, they take him out of Minnesota and send him to Rio de Janeiro to meet her. While there, he learns to confront his fear of flying in order to win her heart. Along the way, they get kidnapped by poachers to sell them to get a fortune. After they escape, they try to avoid the thieves and their pet Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Nigel with help from a few friends on the way.
Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil
US Release Date: 29 April
Red is in training for the Sister Hoods. Now, teaming with Wolf, Red must investigate the mysterious disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.
Kungfu Panda 2
US Release Date: 26 May
Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon. Po, now a kung fu master, is fighting to protect the Valley of Peace alongside with Master Shifu and the Furious Five; when a new evil, the emperor peacock Lord Shen, emerges to take over China with a weapon so powerful, it threatens the existence of kung fu itself. Po sets out with the Furious Five to vanquish this threat, but must first confront his own mysterious past in order to find the strength to succeed. This movie was originally going to be named Kung Fu Panda 2: Pandamonium, then changed to Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom, and is now finally, just Kung Fu Panda 2.
US Release Date: 24 June and UK on July 22
Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.
US Release Date: 3 August
When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours — in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.
Puss in Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer
US Release Date: 4 November
The film is based on and follows the character of Puss in Boots from Shrek and his adventures before his first appearance in 2004’s Shrek 2. The prequel’s story centers on the swashbuckling cat and how he comes to meet Shrek and his friends, while introducing new characters as well.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Release Date India: 11 November, US Release Date: 23 December
Tintin and his friends discover directions to a sunken ship commanded by Capt. Haddock’s ancestor and go off on a treasure hunt.
Happy Feet 2
US Release Date: 18 November
Brittany Murphy, the original voice actress of Mumble’s love interest Gloria, was set to reprise her role and begin recording sometime in 2010 but she died in December 2009. Singer Pink appears to be the late Murphy’s replacement and will contribute a song for the film while Brad Pitt and Matt Damon will be the “tiny krill” voices in the film.