As a whole, the animated film release set for release 2017 may not be as exciting as 2016. But, with big successes like Zootopia, Inside Out and Finding Dory, there’s a lot of hype to live up to.

Also, a lot of major studios like Disney and Pixar are gearing up for the huge films they’ll be rolling out in 2018 and 2019. (Toy Story 4, Gigantic, The Incredibles 2, etc.) However, there are a few animated releases that have us counting down the days until we can see them in 2017.

5. Coco

If you’re annoyed by the growing number of sequels and prequels studios keep dishing out, here’s some good news: Disney Pixar is releasing a new original film called Coco. The film is inspired by the Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It follows the story of a young boy named Miguel who explores what would happen if we could actually talk to our dead family members. Lee Unkrich (aka the director of Toy Story 3) directed the film. The film premieres a little after the actual Dia de Los Muertos holiday on November 22, 2017.

4. Cars 3

 

After the horrible Cars 2 sequel and the even more disappointing spin-off, Planes, nobody was asking for a Cars 3. But, we’re getting one in June of 2017. Mostly, we are excited to figure out what was going on in that extremely dark trailer that showed Lightning McQueen crashing.  

3. Despicable Me 3

If you love animated series, then you’ll want to check out the third film in the Despicable Me franchise. The film has a new villain named Balthazar Bratt, but still has the same lovable characters that made its predecessors successful. You can watch it in theaters in late June.

 

2. Captain Underpants

The upcoming Captain Underpants movie has a release date of June 2, 2017. There are still a lot of details shrouded in mystery though. Some details that have been revealed have excited many fans of the popular comic book series that it is based on. Ed Helms and Kevin Hart are leading the cast, and it’s being animated by Mikros Image and produced by DreamWorks Animation.

2. The Lego Batman Movie

 

When The LEGO Movie came out in 2014, it was a smash hit. But, there was one character that stole the show: Lego Batman. Audiences loved the unique and comical spin on Batman so much that he’ll have his own movie in 2017. If the trailers are any indication, it is going to be amazing.

With venture animators, witty writing and clever casting choices (Billy Dee Williams is voicing Two-Face), it could be an even bigger hit than The LEGO Movie. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until February 10 to find out.

For animation lovers, there are a few gems in the 2017 release schedule to look forward to. What are your top animated film picks for 2017?