After theater closures following the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the worst box office returns since 1980, Hollywood has an uncertain year ahead. But one thing’s for sure. In 2021, every major studio is betting big on family animation.
There’s lots of sense to this. Family-friendly animated films form a genre that, alongside superhero movies, is all but “guaranteed” to get people into theaters.
With more than 30 cartoon movies slated for release this year, count on several to bomb hard. The jury is very much out whether audiences will respond to big-screen reboots of nostalgia franchises like “Tom and Jerry” and “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” or prequels on top of sequels like “Minions: The Rise of Gru.”
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Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, the hitmaker behind “Hamilton” and “Moana,” has two animated musicals set to release. There’s even a WWE-backed “monster wrestling” movie coming.
All this considered, maybe a glut of worthwhile entries will cause families to seek