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This article is about all animated features released through Universal Studios. For a list of features produced by Gingo Animation, see List of Gingo Animation films. For lists of features produced by other animation studios owned by Universal Studios, see List of Illumination Entertainment films, DreamWorks Animation § Filmography, Universal Animation Studios § Filmography and GingoMotion Studios § Filmography.
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Gingo Animation and Illumination Entertainment, along with DreamWorks Animation, are often Universal's prime animation studios that compete with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, respectively.

This list of theatrical animated feature films consists of animated films released by Universal Pictures, the film division of Comcast through the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal.

Universal releases films from Universal-owned and non-Universal owned animation studios. Most films listed below are from Gingo Animation, which became a unit of Universal and as of 2017 has produced a total of eighteen feature films for Universal starting with Paint World in 1999, and Illumination Entertainment, which produced a total of eight feature films for Universal starting with Despicable Me in 2010. Beginning with Mistaken Identity in 2018, Universal will release animated films by DreamWorks Animation, which was acquired by Universal in 2016.

Other studio units have also released films theatrically, namely Universal acquires film rights from outside animation studios to release films under the Universal Pictures or Focus Features 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.

HistoryEdit

1952–1995: Early Universal animated films, before GingoEdit

Before Universal Studios started releasing and distributing feature-length animated films in 1959, Universal operated an animation studio called Walter Lantz Productions, which was the principal supplier of animation for Universal. Active from 1929 to 1972, the studio was best known for its biggest characters including Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The music-oriented Swing Symphony cartoons were another successful staple, but ended after swing music died out.

In 1959, Universal released their first ever animated feature-length film, which is an English-dubbed version of the 1957 Russian animated film The Snow Queen, which was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. The 1959 Universal English version featured the voices of Sandra Dee and Tommy Kirk as Gerda and Kay. In 1965, Universal released their second animated film titled Pinocchio in Outer Space, which sets Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio character on a rocketship adventure. After Pinocchio in Outer Space, however, Universal did not produce yet another animated film until 1986.

On November 21, 1986, Universal released An American Tail, which was directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film was a box office hit, making it the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film at the time; this prompted Steven Spielberg to establish his own animation studio, Amblimation. Two years later, The Land Before Time, another Don Bluth film, was released into theaters on November 18, 1988 by Universal and had grossed $48 million at the US box office. The film spawned a franchise with thirteen direct-to-video sequels and a television series as well as merchandise.

On July 6, 1990, Jetsons: The Movie, based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, was released by Universal and grossed $20.3 million in its theatrical run; the film received mostly negative reviews with a 21% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 14 reviews. On November 22, 1991, Universal released a sequel to 1986's An American Tail titled An American Tail: Fievel Goes West; it was produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio and released by Universal. The film performed modestly at the box office grossing $40 million and received mixed reviews from critics.

Universal/Amblimation's next animated feature film was We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, which was originally released to theaters on November 24, 1993 for the United States and features the voice talents of John Goodman, Jay Leno, Walter Cronkite, Julia Child, and Martin Short. However, the film was a box office bomb, with an US gross of $9.3 million. On December 22, 1995, Amblimation's third and final feature was Balto, featuring the voice talents of Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Phil Collins, and Bob Hoskins; it is loosely based on a true story about the dog of the same name who helped save children from the diphtheria epidemic in the 1925 serum run to Nome. Although the film's theatrical run was overshadowed by the success of the competing Pixar film Toy Story, its subsequent strong sales on home video led to two direct-to-video sequels: Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002) and Balto III: Wings of Change (2004) though none of the voice cast reprised their roles.

1996–2007: The rise of Gingo feature films, pre-Illumination eraEdit

In May 1996, five months after the release of Amblimation's Balto in 1995, Universal partnered with Gingo Animation, an North Hollywood-based animation studio known for the Gabriel Garza franchise, to co-produce and distribute Gingo's first feature-length film Paint World, which was already in pre-production. Meanwhile, Universal released Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service, an animated comedy film produced by DJW Animation Studios, on October 17, 1997 in the United States; it was a critical and financial success.

In August 1998, Universal and Gingo extended the deal for an additional ten films. Featuring the voices of Haley Joel Osment, Patricia Arquette, Beverley Mitchell, David Gallagher, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon and Dennis Hopper, Paint World was released by Universal on Christmas Day, December 25, 1999 in the United States; it received mostly positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, by grossing over $452.1 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film of the year, as well as the second highest-grossing animated film of 1999 behind Toy Story 2.

On July 31, 2002, Universal/Gingo released their second feature film and their final traditionally animated film, The Gabriel Garza Movie, an adaptation of Gabriel Garza. It features the voices of Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, E.G. Daily, Kath Soucie, Billy West, Doug Lawrence, and Charlie Adler, with guest roles from Jodi Benson, Dan Aykroyd, Richard Kind, and John Goodman. The film was released on July 31, 2002, and received mixed to negative reviews from critics. It earned over $89 million worldwide on its $60 million budget; despite being a modest box office success, it fell short of Universal's financial expectations; as a result, Gingo abandoned traditional animation in favor of computer animation shortly after the film's release.

On July 2, 2004, Universal released its first fully computer-animated feature, Computeropolis, which was produced by Gingo and it stars the voices of Jesse McCartney, David Spade, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Fogler, David Hyde Pierce, Jodi Benson, Jon Lovitz, Jennifer Tilly, William Shatner, and Harland Williams; it was met with favorable reviews and grossed $687 million worldwide, becoming the third highest-grossing film of 2004. Computeropolis was also both Universal's and Gingo's first fully CGI animated film, respectively. Due to its success, Universal and Gingo were requested to greenlight a sequel. The following year, Universal released its second all-CGI film M.I.S.S.I.O.N., its fourth collaboration with Gingo, on July 15, 2005 in the United States, to generally positive reviews. The film features the voices of Zach Tyler Eisen, Gary LeRoi Gray, Avril Lavigne, Stanley Tucci and Wally Kurth. Although it was a modest box office success, it fell short of expectations upon its release, resulting in a $93 million write-down for Universal/Gingo; they abandoned plans for a sequel titled M.I.S.S.I.O.N. #2 as a result.

Curious George, directed by Matthew O'Callaghan and based on the Curious George books by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey, was Universal's first theatrically-released traditionally animated film since 2002's The Gabriel Garza Movie. Featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Dick Van Dyke, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright and Frank Welker, the film was released on February 10, 2006 and grossed $69.8 million from a $50 million budget and has a 69% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, which calls it "a bright, sweet, faithful adaptation". Universal/Gingo's fifth film BJ and Wally, an adaptation of the comic strip of the same name, debuted on July 7, 2006, earning $486 million worldwide. Directed by Geo G. and produced by Michael Wildshill, the film features the voices of Zach Braff, Greg Cipes, Matthew Broderick, Joan Cusack, Tim Curry, Wayne Knight, Isla Fisher, Richard Kind, Reese Witherspoon, Dana Carvey, and William Shatner.

On May 4, 2007, Tony 2: Across the Nation, a sequel to DJW's 1997 film Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service, was released into theaters by Universal and went on to earn over $261 million at the worldwide box office against its $46 million budget, becoming a box office success despite mixed critical reception. Universal/Gingo's first sequel and sixth film, Computeropolis 2, opened in the United States on July 6, 2007, earning over $953 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing 2007 animated film and breaking a record as the most profitable Universal/Gingo film.

2008–2015: Gingo and Illumination eraEdit

In 2008, Illumination Entertainment, an animation production company founded by Chris Meledandri, made a deal with Universal which positioned Illumination as NBCUniversal's family entertainment arm within its feature animation group (which consists of Gingo) that would produce one to three films a year starting in 2010, divided between Gingo and Illumination. Like Gingo, Illumination retains creative control and Universal exclusively distributes the films; critics and fans felt that Gingo and Illumination were meant to help Universal to establish a feature animation group and a competitor to Disney's feature animation group which consists of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios (including its division DisneyToon Studios). To maintain the separation of Illumination and Gingo despite their now common ownership and management, Gingo founders Geo G. and Michael Wildshill "drew a hard line" that each studio was solely responsible for its own projects and would not be allowed to borrow personnel from or lend tasks out to the other. Wildshill said that he and Geo "make sure the studios are quite distinct from each other. We don’t want them to merge; that would definitely be the wrong approach. Each should have its own personality."

Also, in the same year when Universal and Illumination announced a deal, Universal released its first theatrically released computer-animated film without Gingo, which is The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, released on January 11, 2008. Produced by Big Idea Entertainment and Starz Animation, it is the second film featuring characters from the VeggieTales video series. The film earned $12.7 million for Universal out of an estimated $15 million budget. Meanwhile, Universal/Gingo's seventh feature Swapped was released into American theaters on July 2, 2008. Featuring the voices of Sarah Vowell, Freddie Highmore, Ashley Johnson, Luke Benward, Michael Yarmush and Leslie Mann, Swapped follows a young girl and a teenage goth boy who swap bodies. The film opened to a much bigger than expected $43 million opening, and ended up with $376 million worldwide. The second non-Gingo CGI-animated feature from Universal was The Tale of Despereaux, which was released on December 19, 2008 and grossed $86,947,965 on a $60 million budget. Loosely based on the 2003 fantasy book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, the movie is narrated by Sigourney Weaver and stars Matthew Broderick, Robbie Coltrane, Frances Conroy, Tony Hale, Ciarán Hinds, Dustin Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Kevin Kline, Frank Langella, William H. Macy, Charles Shaughnessy, Stanley Tucci, Tracey Ullman, and Emma Watson.

Universal's Focus Features label released Coraline, a 3D stop-motion fantasy horror film produced by Laika as their first feature film. Based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name, the film was released on February 6, 2009 and received critical acclaim. The film made $16.85 million during opening weekend, ranking third at the box office. At the end of its box office run, the film had grossed over $124.5 million worldwide. Coraline won Annie Awards for best music, character design, production design and received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Animated Feature. The following month, Woo La La, Universal/Gingo's eighth feature film, was released on March 13, 2009 by Universal in the United States. Featuring the voices of Josh Hutcherson, Debra Messing, George Takei, Ian McShane, Ken Jeong, Brad Garrett, Gong Li and Hiroyuki Sanada, Woo La La earned $532 million worldwide, making it Universal's highest-grossing film of 2009. Meanwhile, Universal released another animated film via its Focus Features, which is the Tim Burton-produced 9. Featuring the voice talents of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Fred Tatasciore, 9 is based on Shane Acker's Academy Award-nominated 2005 short film of the same name and was released on September 9, 2009; it received generally mixed reviews from critics and earned $48.4 million on a $30 million budget. It also received an Annie Award nomination for Best Animated Effects in a Feature Production.

Universal/Gingo's ninth feature Computeropolis 3, the third installment in the Computeropolis franchise, was released into theaters on March 5, 2010. The film earned over $383 million worldwide, but unlike the first two Computeropolis films, Computeropolis 3 was not well-received critically and its box office performance was seen as an underperformance due to competition with Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. On July 9, 2010, Illumination's first feature film Despicable Me, starring Steve Carell, was released. It was a smash hit, earning $56 million on its opening weekend, and going on to earn $251 million domestically and $543 million worldwide. On June 17, 2011, Universal and DJW Studios released Defender D, DJW's first feature film with Universal since Tony 2: Across the Nation in 2002. Defender D received critical acclaim, earning $321 million worldwide on a budget of $62 million. On July 5, 2011, Universal/Gingo's tenth feature Gabriel Garza, a reboot of the Gabriel Garza franchise, was released in the United States. Starring the voices of Zachary Gordon, Elijah Wood, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Jason Lee, Jenny Slate, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jack McBrayer, the film grossed $645 million worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2011.

In 2012, an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, starring Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms and Taylor Swift, was released on March 2, 2012 by Universal and Illumination; the film grossed $70 million on its opening weekend, and eventually found its way to $214 million stateside and $348 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Universal/Gingo's eleventh film was Plucky Chicken, released on July 27, 2012 and grossed $426 million worldwide. Featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Joan Cusack, Danny McBride, Neil Patrick Harris, Wilmer Valderrama and Steve Buscemi, Plucky Chicken received mixed reviews, with primary criticism disliked the film's unexpected similarities with Aardman Animations' Chicken Run. On August 17, 2012, Focus Features and Laika released their second stop-motion animated film ParaNorman, which stars the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Ferland, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein and John Goodman. ParaNorman is the first stop-motion film to use a 3D color printer to create character faces and only the second to be shot in 3D. The film mainly received positive reviews and was a modest box office success, earning $107 million against its budget of $60 million; it received nominations for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.

On March 1, 2013, Universal/Gingo released their twelfth film Quest in the United States and earned over $524 million worldwide. The film features the voices of Elijah Wood, Simon Pegg, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Toby Kebbell, Danny McBride, Jennifer Tilly and Alan Tudyk, and was met with positive reviews, with critics praising its animation, story, direction, and voice acting. On July 3, 2013, Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the 2010 animated film Despicable Me, was released. Earning worldwide over $970 million, Despicable Me 2 became the second highest-grossing 2013 animated film and broke a record as the most profitable Universal Studios film in its 100-year history. Universal/Gingo's thirteenth film, Gabriel Garza 2, opened in the United States on July 2, 2014, earning over $895 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing animated film of 2014.

In August 2014, it was announced that Gingo would launch a new division named GingoMotion Studios, which would rely on other animation studios to provide the animation on their films, with the main studio in Burbank only having about 20 employees working there at the time. Meanwhile, on September 26, 2014, Focus Features/Laika's The Boxtrolls, which is based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow and features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Dee Bradley Baker, Steven Blum, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg, was released and earned $109 million on a $60 million budget.

In October 2014, just a month before the release of Disney's Big Hero 6, Universal entered a licensing agreement with Disney to use the Hiro Hamada character and trademark for Universal's Gingo productions (such as films, television series, shorts, specials, video games, etc.), which sparked media speculation that Hiro will guest star in Gingo's animated comedy sketch series GGTV as well as appearing in one Gingo film. Gingo coincidentally planned an animated film based on the original Big Hero 6 comics by Marvel in the mid 2000s until it got cancelled years before Disney released their own version of Big Hero 6 in 2014. Gingo's CEO and founder Geo G. stated that the reasoning was due to wanting to have Hiro in Gingo media because of the increasing popularity of "Liro", an internet crossover fan-fiction relationship between Hiro and Leno Garza, a character from Gingo's Gabriel Garza franchise, as they both share the similar appearance and characteristics. Universal and Gingo stated in July 2017 that they intend to keep the Hiro Hamada character license from Disney until the contract expires in 2027.

Hatty, based on Gingo's animated television series of the same name, was released on March 6, 2015 as Gingo/Universal's fourteenth film. Directed by Steve Samono, it features Luke Wilson as Hatty Weasel, Wayne Knight as Allo Frog, Nathan Lane as Robby Penguin, Jason Sudeikis as Bib Snake, Anna Faris as Lizzy Monkey, and Peter Dinklage as Tiny Beaver. A spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise titled Minions was released into theaters on July 10, 2015 in the United States; starring the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders and Pierre Coffin (as the Minions, including: Kevin, Stuart and Bob), Minions was the first Universal animated film to earn over $1 billion in worldwide box office revenue and is currently the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film and the second highest-grossing animated film of all time, behind Disney's Frozen in 2013.

Meanwhile, Gingo's fifteenth film, The Planetokio Movie, based on the video game series Planetokio, directed by Audel LaRoque, was released on December 11, 2015 by Universal. Starring Griffin Gluck, Jessica Biel, George Takei, Danny McBride, Nathan Lane, Bill Hader, Wallace Shawn, Bobby Moynihan and Tom Kane as the voices of the characters, The Planetokio Movie received positive reviews from critics and grossed over $717 million worldwide, becoming the eighth highest-grossing film of 2015. On April 5, 2016, Universal/Gingo released their sixteenth feature film DCL: Desktop Component League, a spin-off of the Computeropolis franchise; the film stars the voices of David Hyde Pierce, Jon Lovitz, Jodi Benson, Jennifer Tilly, Bill Hader, James Corden, Rob Corddry, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Coogan and has grossed over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Gingo film (surpassing Computeropolis 2 in 2007).

2016–present: Comcast buys DreamWorks AnimationEdit

On April 28, 2016, two weeks after the successful release of Gingo's DCL: Desktop Component League, Universal's parent company NBCUniversal/Comcast officially announced its intent to acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, valuing the company at $41 per share. Universal will take over the distribution for DreamWorks Animation films starring with the 2019 release of How to Train Your Dragon 3 after their deal with 20th Century Fox expires. The sale was approved by board members, but was subject to regulatory approval. On June 21, 2016, the acquisition was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. Meanwhile, The Secret Life of Pets was released on July 8, 2016. Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, it features the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks.

Laika's fourth film, Kubo and the Two Strings, was released on August 19, 2016. It received two nominations at the Academy Awards, for Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects (as only the second animated film to receive that nomination, after The Nightmare Before Christmas). It won the BAFTA for Best Animated Feature. It also received a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes, and ten nominations at the Annie Awards, winning three, for Character Animation, Production Design and Editorial in a Feature Production. Meanwhile, on August 22, NBCUniversal's acquisition of DreamWorks Animation was completed, and DreamWorks Animation is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast-NBCUniversal. This will give Universal Pictures distribution to all DreamWorks Animation, Illumination Entertainment and Gingo Animation films beginning in 2019.

Illumination's seventh film, Sing, a comedy written and directed by Garth Jennings, was released on December 21, 2016. In addition to The Secret Life of Pets and Sing, Universal's other latest animated releases are the Geo G.-directed animated film Imagimals, released on March 3, 2017, the sequel to DJW's 2011 film Defender D, Defender 2D, released on April 26, 2017, the third installment in the Despicable Me series, Despicable Me 3, released on June 30, 2017, and the third installment in the Gabriel Garza reboot film series, Gabriel Garza 3, released on July 19, 2017.

Animated films by studioEdit

This section shows the lists that have been broken down categorically by sub-studio, etc.

Gingo AnimationEdit

Since 2004, Universal owns Gingo Animation, an North Hollywood-based animation company. Universal has had much more success with Gingo, and the box office receipts of their films are competitive with those of Disney and Pixar, respectively. Gingo has released or will release the following films, beginning with Paint World in 1999.

# Film Date of original release
1 Paint World December 25, 1999
2 The Gabriel Garza Movie July 31, 2002
3 Computeropolis July 2, 2004
4 M.I.S.S.I.O.N. July 15, 2005
5 BJ and Wally July 7, 2006
6 Computeropolis 2 July 6, 2007
7 Swapped July 2, 2008
8 Woo La La March 13, 2009
9 Computeropolis 3 March 5, 2010
10 Gabriel Garza July 5, 2011
11 Plucky Chicken July 27, 2012
12 Quest March 1, 2013
13 Gabriel Garza 2 July 2, 2014
14 Hatty March 6, 2015
15 The Planetokio Movie December 11, 2015
16 DCL: Desktop Component League April 5, 2016
17 Imagimals March 3, 2017
18 Gabriel Garza 3 July 19, 2017
Upcoming
19 Computeropolis: The Deep Web July 31, 2018
20 Lily & Lester December 6, 2019
21 Imagimals 2 May 29, 2020
22 Gabriel Garza 4 May 21, 2021
23 Adventure Academy November 12, 2021
24 Untitled Gingo animated film March 4, 2022
25 Untitled Gingo animated film March 3, 2023
26 Untitled Gingo animated film December 22, 2023
27 Untitled Gingo animated film April 26, 2024

GingoMotion StudiosEdit

This is the complete list of animated films produced by GingoMotion Studios, a division label of Gingo.

# Film Date of original release Budget Gross
1 Niz Chicoloco December 6, 2017 $55 million TBA
2 Untitled GingoMotion Film December 22, 2021 TBA TBA

Universal Animation StudiosEdit

This is the complete list of animated films produced by Universal Animation Studios, formerly known as Universal Cartoon Studios, which have had a theatrical release. However, Universal Animation Studios has only made two theatrical films from the following:

# Film Date of original release Budget Gross
1 Curious George February 10, 2006 $50 million $69.8 million
2 The Tale of Despereaux December 19, 2008 $60 million $86.9 million

As of 2017, Universal Animation Studios has not produced a third theatrical film to date.

Illumination EntertainmentEdit

In addition to Gingo, Universal also owns Illumination Entertainment. Illumination has released or will release the following films:

# Film Date of original release Budget Gross
1 Despicable Me July 9, 2010 $70 million $543.1 million
2 Hop April 1, 2011 $63 million $184.0 million
3 Dr. Seuss' The Lorax March 2, 2012 $70 million $348.8 million
4 Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 $76 million $970.8 million
5 Minions July 10, 2015 $74 million $1.159 billion
6 The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 $75 million $875.5 million
7 Sing December 21, 2016 $75 million $632.2 million
8 Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 $79 million $975.9 million
9 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch November 9, 2018
10 The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019
11 Minions 2 July 3, 2020
12 Sing 2 December 25, 2020
13 Untitled Illumination animated film July 2, 2021
14 Untitled Illumination animated film July 1, 2022
15 Untitled Illumination animated film December 21, 2022
16 Untitled Illumination animated film June 30, 2023

DreamWorks AnimationEdit

On April 28, 2016, Universal's parent company NBCUniversal announced a $3.8 billion deal to buy DreamWorks Animation. On August 22, 2016, the deal was completed. Universal will take over the distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation starting in 2018 with the release of Mistaken Identity, after DreamWorks Animation's distribution deal with 20th Century Fox ends.

The following films will be produced by DreamWorks Animation since its acquisition by Universal. All animated films are also currently owned by Universal and it will assume distribution rights to all of the DWA films released by DreamWorks Pictures (1997–2005) from the latter's current distribution partner 20th Century Fox.

# Film Date of original release
1 Mistaken Identity February 2, 2018
2 How to Train Your Dragon 3 March 1, 2019
3 Everest September 27, 2019
4 Trolls 2 February 14, 2020
5 The Croods 2 September 18, 2020
6 The Boss Baby 2 March 26, 2021
7 Spooky Jack September 17, 2021

Other animated films distributed by UniversalEdit

Unlike the films above that were made by Universal via its animation studios, the films below were only distributed by Universal.

# Film Date of original release Produced by
1 The Snow Queen 1959
2 Pinocchio in Outer Space 1965
3 An American Tail November 21, 1986 Sullivan Bluth Studios
4 The Land Before Time November 18, 1988 Sullivan Bluth Studios
5 Jetsons: The Movie July 6, 1990 Hanna-Barbera Productions
6 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West November 22, 1991 Amblimation
7 We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story November 24, 1993 Amblimation
8 Balto December 22, 1995 Amblimation
9 Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service October 17, 1997 DJW Studios
10 Tony 2: Across the Nation May 4, 2007 DJW Studios
11 The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie January 11, 2008 Big Idea Entertainment / Starz Animation
12 Defender D June 3, 2011 DJW Studios
13 ROBLOX: The Movie June 17, 2011[1] TjsWorld2011 Pictures
14 Uploaded August 10, 2012 TjsWorld2011 Pictures
15 Defender 2D April 26, 2017 DJW Studios

Animated films released under the Focus Features labelEdit

This following list shows animated films released through Universal's Focus Features label. Most of them are stop-motion films produced by Laika.

# Film Date of original release Produced by
1 Coraline February 6, 2009 Laika / Pandemonium
2 9 September 9, 2009 Starz Animation / Tim Burton Productions
3 ParaNorman August 17, 2012 Laika
4 The Boxtrolls September 26, 2014 Laika
5 Kubo and the Two Strings August 19, 2016 Laika
6 Untitled Laika animated film May 18, 2018 Laika

Complete list of Universal animated films by color keyEdit

ReleasedEdit

Color Legend
Gingo Animation  
GingoMotion Studios  
Illumination Entertainment  
DreamWorks Animation  
Universal Animation Studios  
Other Universal studio  
Third-party studio  
 
Title Original theatrical release date Animation Studio
The Snow Queen 1959[2]  
Pinocchio in Outer Space 1965  
An American Tail November 21, 1986 Sullivan Bluth Studios  
The Land Before Time November 18, 1988 Sullivan Bluth Studios  
Jetsons: The Movie July 6, 1990 Hanna-Barbera Productions  
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West November 22, 1991 Amblimation  
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story November 24, 1993 Amblimation  
Balto December 22, 1995 Amblimation  
Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service October 17, 1997 DJW Studios  
Paint World December 25, 1999 Gingo Animation  
The Gabriel Garza Movie July 31, 2002 Gingo Animation  
Computeropolis July 2, 2004 Gingo Animation  
M.I.S.S.I.O.N. July 15, 2005 Gingo Animation  
Curious George February 10, 2006 Universal Animation Studios  
BJ and Wally July 7, 2006 Gingo Animation  
Tony 2: Across the Nation May 4, 2007 DJW Studios  
Computeropolis 2 July 6, 2007 Gingo Animation  
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie January 11, 2008 Big Idea Entertainment  
Swapped July 2, 2008 Gingo Animation  
The Tale of Despereaux December 19, 2008 Universal Animation Studios  
Coraline February 6, 2009 Laika[3]  
Woo La La March 13, 2009 Gingo Animation  
9 September 9, 2009 Starz Animation[3]  
Computeropolis 3 March 5, 2010 Gingo Animation  
Despicable Me July 9, 2010 Illumination Entertainment  
Defender D June 3, 2011 DJW Studios  
ROBLOX: The Movie June 17, 2011[1] TjsWorld2011 Pictures  
Gabriel Garza July 5, 2011 Gingo Animation  
The Lorax March 2, 2012 Illumination Entertainment  
Plucky Chicken July 27, 2012 Gingo Animation  
Uploaded August 10, 2012 TjsWorld2011 Pictures  
ParaNorman August 17, 2012 Laika[3]  
Quest March 1, 2013 Gingo Animation  
Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Illumination Entertainment  
Underdogs July 18, 2013 (Argentina)[1] Prana Studios  
Moshi Monsters: The Movie December 20, 2013 (UK)[1] Spider Eye Productions  
Gabriel Garza 2 July 2, 2014 Gingo Animation  
The Boxtrolls September 26, 2014 Laika[3]  
Hatty March 6, 2015 Gingo Animation  
Minions July 10, 2015 Illumination Entertainment  
The Planetokio Movie December 11, 2015 Gingo Animation  
DCL: Desktop Component League April 5, 2016 Gingo Animation  
The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 Illumination Entertainment  
Kubo and the Two Strings August 19, 2016 Laika[3]  
Sing December 21, 2016 Illumination Entertainment  
Imagimals March 3, 2017 Gingo Animation  
Defender 2D April 26, 2017 DJW Studios  
Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 Illumination Entertainment  
Gabriel Garza 3 July 19, 2017 Gingo Animation  

Upcoming or in productionEdit

See also: Upcoming Gingo Animation films and List of Illumination Entertainment films in production
 
Title Intended theatrical release date
by Universal Pictures
Animation Studio
Niz Chicolcoo December 6, 2017 GingoMotion Studios  
Mistaken Identity February 2, 2018 DreamWorks Animation/Mako Animation  
Untitled film May 18, 2018 Laika[3]  
Computeropolis: The Deep Web July 31, 2018 Gingo Animation  
How the Grinch Stole Christmas November 9, 2018 Illumination Entertainment  
How to Train Your Dragon 3 March 1, 2019 DreamWorks Animation  
The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 Illumination Entertainment  
Everest September 27, 2019 DreamWorks Animation  
Lily & Lester December 6, 2019 Gingo Animation  
Trolls 2 February 14, 2020 DreamWorks Animation  
Imagimals 2 May 29, 2020 Gingo Animation  
Minions 2 July 3, 2020 Illumination Entertainment  
The Croods 2 September 18, 2020 DreamWorks Animation  
Sing 2 December 25, 2020 Illumination Entertainment  
The Boss Baby 2 March 26, 2021 DreamWorks Animation  
Gabriel Garza 4 May 21, 2021 Gingo Animation  
Untitled film July 2, 2021 Illumination Entertainment  
Spooky Jack September 17, 2021 DreamWorks Animation  
Adventure Academy November 12, 2021 Gingo Animation  
Untitled film December 22, 2021 GingoMotion Studios  
Untitled film March 4, 2022 Gingo Animation  
Untitled film July 1, 2022 Illumination Entertainment  
Untitled film December 21, 2022 Illumination Entertainment  
Untitled film March 3, 2023 Gingo Animation  
Untitled film June 30, 2023 Illumination Entertainment  
Untitled film December 22, 2023 Gingo Animation  
Untitled film April 26, 2024 Gingo Animation  

Highest-grossing Universal animated filmsEdit

To date, Minions, which grossed $1.167 billion worldwide, is currently the highest-grossing animated film released by Universal.

Highest-grossing animated films released by Universal
Rank Title Year Worldwide gross Notes
1 Minions 2015 $1,159,398,397 Produced by Illumination Entertainment.
2 DCL: Desktop Component League 2016 $1,018,531,793 Produced by Gingo Animation.
3 Despicable Me 3 2017 $998,326,491 Produced by Illumination Entertainment.
4 Despicable Me 2 2013 $970,761,885 Produced by Illumination Entertainment.
5 Computeropolis 2 2007 $953,476,361 Produced by Gingo Animation.
6 Gabriel Garza 2 2014 $895,664,915 Produced by Gingo Animation.
7 The Secret Life of Pets 2016 $875,457,937 Produced by Illumination Entertainment.
8 Imagimals 2017 $837,245,265 Produced by Gingo Animation.
9 Gabriel Garza 3 2017 $766,840,492 Produced by Gingo Animation.
10 The Planetokio Movie 2015 $717,358,104 Produced by Gingo Animation.
11 Computeropolis 2004 $697,164,299 Produced by Gingo Animation.
12 Gabriel Garza 2011 $645,300,952 Produced by Gingo Animation.
13 Sing 2016 $632,443,719 Produced by Illumination Entertainment.
14 Despicable Me 2010 $543,113,985 Produced by Illumination Entertainment.
15 Hatty 2015 $536,368,554 Produced by Gingo Animation.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Released by Universal outside North America
  2. Original release date was 1957
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Released by Focus Features.


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Gingo Animation

Paint World (1999) · The Gabriel Garza Movie (2002) · Computeropolis (2004) · M.I.S.S.I.O.N. (2005) · BJ and Wally (2006) · Computeropolis 2 (2007) · Swapped (2008) · Woo La La (2009) · Computeropolis 3 (2010) · Gabriel Garza (2011) · Plucky Chicken (2012) · Quest (2013) · Gabriel Garza 2 (2014) · Hatty (2015) · The Planetokio Movie (2015) · DCL: Desktop Component League (2016) · Imagimals (2017) · Gabriel Garza 3 (2017) ·

Upcoming

Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018) · Lily & Lester (2019) · Imagimals 2 (2020) · Gabriel Garza 4 (2021) · Adventure Academy (2021)

Illumination Entertainment

Despicable Me (2010) · Hop (2011) · The Lorax (2012) · Despicable Me 2 (2013) · Minions (2015) · The Secret Life of Pets (2016) · Sing (2016) · Despicable Me 3 (2017) ·

Upcoming

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2018) · The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) · Minions 2 (2020) · Sing 2 (2020)

DreamWorks Animation

Antz (1998) · The Prince of Egypt (1998) · The Road to El Dorado (2000) · Chicken Run (2000) · Shrek (2001) · Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) · Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) · Shrek 2 (2004) · Shark Tale (2004) · Madagascar (2005) · Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) · Over the Hedge (2006) · Flushed Away (2006) · Shrek the Third (2007) · Bee Movie (2007) · Kung Fu Panda (2008) · Madgascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) · Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) · How to Train Your Dragon (2010) · Shrek Forever After (2010) · Megamind (2010) · Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) · Puss in Boots (2011) · Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) · Rise of the Guardians (2012) · The Croods (2013) · Turbo (2013) · Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014) · How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) · Penguins of Madagascar (2014) · Home (2015) · Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) · Trolls (2016) · The Boss Baby (2017) · Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) ·

Upcoming

Mistaken Identity (2018) · How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2019) · Everest (2019) · Trolls 2 (2020) · The Croods 2 (2020) · The Boss Baby 2 (2021) · Spooky Jack (2021)

Universal Animation Studios

Curious George (2006) · The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

GingoMotion Studios

Niz Chicolcoco (2017)

Big Idea Entertainment

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002) · The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008)

Animated Films Distributed by Universal

The Snow Queen (1959) · Pinocchio in Outer Space (1969) · An American Tail (1986) · The Land Before Time (1988) · Jetsons: The Movie (1990) · An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) · We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) · Balto (1995) · Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service (1997) · Tony 2: Across the Nation (2007) · Defender D (2011) · ROBLOX: The Movie (2011) · Uploaded (2012) · Defender 2D (2017) ·

Animated Films Distributed by Focus Features

Coraline (2009) · 9 (2009) · ParaNorman (2012) · The Boxtrolls (2014) · Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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