List of Universal Pictures theatrical animated feature films

This list of theatrical animated feature films consists of animated films released by Universal Pictures.

Universal Pictures releases films from Universal-owned and non-Universal owned animation studios. Most films listed below are from Illumination Entertainment which began as the feature animation department of Universal, producing its first feature-length animated film Despicable Me in 2010. Beginning with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in 2019, Universal also released animated films by DreamWorks Animation, which was acquired by NBCUniversal in 2016.[1][2][3]

Other studio units have also released films theatrically, primarily Universal Animation Studios which produced a few theatrical animated films before focusing on animating television shows and direct-to-video films, and the studio's distribution unit, which acquires film rights from outside animation studios to release films under the Universal Pictures or Focus Features film labels. For example, Laika's stop-motion animated features were released by Universal through its Focus Features label. Other studios globally have released films through Universal Pictures which maintains distribution rights in certain territories.

FilmsEdit

ReleasedEdit

Color legend
Universal Animation Studios  
Illumination Entertainment  
Amblin Entertainment  
DreamWorks Animation  
Other Universal studio  
Third-party studio  
Live-action/animation hybrid S
Not produced by Universal Pictures, but released under its label. R
An adult animated production. A
Title Original theatrical release date[rls 1] Animation studio
The Snow Queen[R][S] November 20, 1959[rls 2] Soyuzmultfilm  
Pinocchio in Outer Space December 22, 1965 Belvision Studios
An American Tail November 21, 1986 Amblin Entertainment and Sullivan Bluth Studios  
The Land Before Time November 18, 1988
Jetsons: The Movie[R] July 6, 1990 Hanna-Barbera  
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West November 22, 1991 Amblimation  
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story November 24, 1993
Balto December 22, 1995
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle[S] June 30, 2000 Jay Ward Productions and TriBeCa Productions  
The Abrafaxe – Under The Black Flag[R] October 25, 2001 (German)[st 1] Abrafaxe Trickfilm  
Momo[R] December 21, 2001 (Italy)[st 1] Taurus Produktion
Curious George February 10, 2006 Universal Animation Studios and Imagine Entertainment  
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie[R] January 11, 2008 Big Idea Entertainment and Starz Animation  
The Tale of Despereaux December 19, 2008 Framestore  
Coraline[R] February 6, 2009 Laika[st 2]
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! July 10, 2009 (Denmark)[rls 3] Universal Animation Studios and Imagine Entertainment  
9[A][R] September 9, 2009 Starz Animation[st 2]  
Nikté[R] December 18, 2009 (Mexico)[st 1] Animex Producciones
Despicable Me July 9, 2010 Illumination Entertainment  
Hop[S] April 1, 2011
The Lorax March 2, 2012
ParaNorman[R] August 17, 2012 Laika[st 2]  
Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Illumination Entertainment  
Underdogs July 18, 2013 (Argentina)[st 1] Prana Studios  
Moshi Monsters: The Movie December 20, 2013[st 1] Spider Eye Productions
The Boxtrolls[R] September 26, 2014 Laika[st 2]
Yellowbird[R] October 11, 2014[st 1] TeamTO
Minions July 10, 2015 Illumination Entertainment  
Ratchet & Clank[R] April 29, 2016 Rainmaker Entertainment[st 3]  
The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 Illumination Entertainment  
Kubo and the Two Strings[R] August 19, 2016 Laika[st 2]  
Ethel & Ernest October 28, 2016[st 1] Cloth Cat Animation
Sing December 21, 2016 Illumination Entertainment  
Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017
Woody Woodpecker[S] October 5, 2017 (Brazil)[rls 3] Universal Animation Studios and Cinemotion  
The Grinch November 9, 2018 Illumination Entertainment  
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World[R] February 22, 2019 DreamWorks Animation  
The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019[4] Illumination Entertainment  
Abominable[R] September 27, 2019[5][6][7][8][9] DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio  
The Addams Family[R] October 11, 2019[st 1] Cinesite Studios and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  
Trolls World Tour[R] April 10, 2020[10][11][12][13][14][15] DreamWorks Animation  
The Croods: A New Age[R] November 25, 2020[16][17]

UpcomingEdit

Title Intended theatrical release date
by Universal Pictures
Animation studio
Spirit Untamed[R] June 4, 2021[18][19] DreamWorks Animation  
The Boss Baby: Family Business[R] September 17, 2021[20]
The Addams Family 2[R] October 1, 2021[st 1][21][22] Cinesite Studios and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  
Sing 2 December 22, 2021[4][17][23] Illumination Entertainment  
Abruptio[A][R] 2021 HellBent Pictures, LLC.  
The Bad Guys[R] April 15, 2022[24] DreamWorks Animation  
Minions: The Rise of Gru July 1, 2022[4][17][23] Illumination Entertainment  
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish[R] September 23, 2022[25][26] DreamWorks Animation  
TBA December 21, 2022[27] Illumination Entertainment  
Untitled animated Mario film 2022[28][29] Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo
TBA April 7, 2023[24] DreamWorks Animation  
June 30, 2023[27] Illumination Entertainment  

Highest-grossing filmsEdit

Rank Film Worldwide gross Studio Year Ref.
1 Minions $1,159,398,397 Illumination 2015 [30]
2 Despicable Me 3 $1,034,799,409 2017 [31]
3 Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 2013 [32]
4 The Secret Life of Pets $875,457,937 2016 [33]
5 Sing $634,151,679 [34]
6 Despicable Me $543,113,985 2010 [35]
7 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World $519,758,180 DreamWorks Animation 2019 .[36]
8 The Grinch $511,303,509 Illumination 2018 [37]
9 The Secret Life of Pets 2 $432,982,678 2019 [38]
10 The Lorax $348,840,316 2012 [39]

NotesEdit

Release Notes

  1. ^ Listed are the original theatrical release dates in the United States (or other non-U.S. territories) when the film was contributed by Universal. Different distributors are attributed and credited for distributing each film throughout the history of Universal.
  2. ^ Original release date was November 15, 1957
  3. ^ a b Not released theatrically in the United States

Studio/Production Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Released by Universal outside North America
  2. ^ a b c d e Released by Focus Features.
  3. ^ Released by Gramercy Pictures.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  32. ^ "Despicable Me 2". Box Office Mojo.
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  34. ^ "Sing". Box Office Mojo.
  35. ^ "Despicable Me". Box Office Mojo.
  36. ^ "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World". Box Office Mojo.
  37. ^ "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch". Box Office Mojo.
  38. ^ "The Secret Life of Pets 2". Box Office Mojo.
  39. ^ "The Lorax". Box Office Mojo.

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