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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 Universal Animation Studios which began as the feature animation department of Universal, producing its first feature-length animated film Ama and the Mysterious Crystal in 1997 and as of 2018 has produced a total of 23 feature films. Beginning with Despicable Me in 2010, Universal also released animated films by Illumination Entertainment, which was founded in 2007 by Chris Meledandri and became a division of Universal.

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.

For the alternate version of the page that shows the lists that have been broken down categorically by sub-studio, etc., see here.

FilmsEdit

ReleasedEdit

Color legend
Universal Animation Studios  
DreamWorks Animation  
Illumination Entertainment  
Universal Television Animation  
Rubix Entertainment  
Laika
Other Universal studio  
Third-party studio  
Title Original theatrical release date Animation studio
The Snow Queen 1959[rls 1] Soyuzmultfilm  
Pinocchio in Outer Space 1965 Belvision Studios
An American Tail November 21, 1986 Sullivan Bluth Studios
The Land Before Time November 18, 1988
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
Romeo and Juliet September 23, 1994 Gingo Feature Animation
Ghost Vision October 27, 1995
Balto December 22, 1995 Amblimation
Ama and the Mysterious Crystal September 26, 1997 Universal Animation Studios  
Galaxion July 2, 1999
Paint World December 25, 1999
Cassiopeia September 1, 2000[rls 2] NDR Filmes  
Mistress Masham's Repose March 16, 2001 Universal Animation Studios  
The Gabriel Garza Movie July 31, 2002 Universal Television Animation  
Me & Mobo September 27, 2002 Universal Animation Studios  
Magina March 7, 2003
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem May 28, 2003 Toei Animation  
Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service October 17, 2003 DJW Studios
Computeropolis July 2, 2004 Universal Animation Studios  
M.I.S.S.I.O.N. July 1, 2005
Metro Cone September 2, 2005 Rubix Entertainment  
Curious George February 10, 2006 Imagine Entertainment  
BJ and Wally July 7, 2006 Universal Animation Studios  
Tony 2: Across the Nation May 4, 2007 DJW Studios  
Computeropolis 2 July 6, 2007 Universal Animation Studios  
The 10 Feet September 14, 2007 Rubix Entertainment  
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie January 11, 2008 Big Idea Entertainment  
Metro Cone 2 February 1, 2008 Rubix Entertainment  
Swapped July 2, 2008 Universal Animation Studios  
The Tale of Despereaux December 19, 2008 Framestore Feature Animation  
Coraline February 6, 2009 Laika[st 1]  
Woo La La March 13, 2009 Universal Animation Studios  
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! July 10, 2009 (Denmark)[rls 3] Imagine Entertainment  
9 September 9, 2009 Starz Animation[st 1]  
Computeropolis 3 March 5, 2010 Universal Animation Studios  
Despicable Me July 9, 2010 Illumination Entertainment  
Buddy December 3, 2010 Rubix Entertainment  
Defender D June 3, 2011 DJW Studios  
ROBLOX: The Movie June 17, 2011[st 2] TjsWorld2011 Pictures
Gabriel Garza July 8, 2011 Universal Animation Studios  
Shinning the Metal September 23, 2011 Rubix Entertainment  
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax March 2, 2012 Illumination Entertainment  
Plucky Chicken July 27, 2012 Universal Animation Studios  
Uploaded August 10, 2012 TjsWorld2011 Pictures  
ParaNorman August 17, 2012 Laika[st 1]  
Metro Cone 3: The Mystery to New York December 14, 2012 Rubix Entertainment  
Quest March 1, 2013 Universal Animation Studios  
Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Illumination Entertainment  
Underdogs July 18, 2013 (Argentina)[st 2] Prana Studios  
Workers December 13, 2013 Rubix Entertainment  
Moshi Monsters: The Movie December 20, 2013[st 2] Spider Eye Productions  
Gabriel Garza 2 July 2, 2014 Universal Animation Studios  
The Boxtrolls September 26, 2014 Laika[st 1]  
Paradoria March 6, 2015 Universal Animation Studios  
Minions July 10, 2015 Illumination Entertainment  
Luna & Zak December 11, 2015 Universal Animation Studios  
The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 Illumination Entertainment  
Kubo and the Two Strings August 19, 2016 Laika[st 1]  
Imagimals September 9, 2016 Universal Animation Studios  
Ethel & Ernest October 28, 2016[st 2] Ethel & Ernest Productions  
Sing December 21, 2016 Illumination Entertainment  
Gabriel Garza 3 March 3, 2017 Universal Animation Studios  
Defender 2D April 26, 2017 DJW Studios  
Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 Illumination Entertainment  
Lix December 8, 2017 Universal Animation Studios  
Mistaken Identity February 2, 2018 DreamWorks Animation  
Computeropolis: The Deep Web May 4, 2018 Universal Animation Studios  

Upcoming (schedule)Edit

See also: Upcoming Universal Animation Studios films and List of Illumination films in production
 
Title Intended theatrical release date
by Universal Pictures
Animation Studio
Cool Spot September 14, 2018 Gingo Animation  
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch November 9, 2018 Illumination Entertainment  
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World March 1, 2019 DreamWorks Animation  
Paradoria 2: Enchanted Realm April 26, 2019 Universal Animation Studios  
The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 Illumination Entertainment  
Abominable September 27, 2019 DreamWorks Animation  
Luna & Zak: Level Two February 21, 2020 Universal Animation Studios  
Trolls World Tour April 17, 2020 DreamWorks Animation  
Minions 2 July 3, 2020 Illumination Entertainment  
The Croods 2 September 18, 2020 DreamWorks Animation  
Sing 2 December 25, 2020 Illumination Entertainment  
Earth Farm February 19, 2021 Universal Animation Studios  
The Boss Baby 2 March 26, 2021 DreamWorks Animation  
Hyper May 21, 2021 Universal Animation Studios  
Untitled film July 2, 2021 Illumination Entertainment  
Spooky Jack September 17, 2021 DreamWorks Animation  
Untitled films December 22, 2021
February 25, 2022 Universal Animation Studios  
April 15, 2022 DreamWorks Animation  
July 1, 2022 Illumination Entertainment  
December 21, 2022
February 24, 2023 Universal Animation Studios  
April 7, 2023 DreamWorks Animation  
June 30, 2023 Illumination Entertainment  
December 20, 2023 Universal Animation Studios  

Active developmentEdit

 
Title Animation Studio
Madagascar 4 DreamWorks Animation  
Johnny Express Illumination Entertainment  
Sector 7 Universal Animation Studios  
Shrek 5 DreamWorks Animation  
Shadows
Gabriel Garza 4 Universal Animation Studios  
Polly and the Black Ink
Despicable Me 4 Illumination Entertainment  
Untitled Super Mario Bros. animated film
Lix 2 Universal Animation Studios  
Imagimals 2

NotesEdit

Release Notes

  1. Original release date was 1957
  2. Original release date was April 1, 1996
  3. Not released theatrically in the United States

Studio/Production Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Released by Focus Features.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Released by Universal outside North America

See alsoEdit


v - e - dUniversal Pictures theatrical animated features
Universal Animation Studios

Ama and the Mysterious Crystal (1997) · Galaxion (1999) · Paint World (1999) · Mistress Masham's Repose (2001) · Me & Mobo (2002) · Magina (2003) · 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) · Paradoria (2015) · Luna & Zak (2015) · Imagimals (2016) · Gabriel Garza 3 (2017) · Lix (2017) · Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018) ·

Upcoming

Paradoria 2: Enchanted Realm (2019) · Luna & Zak: Level Two (2020) · Earth Farm (2021) · Hyper (2021)

Illumination

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

The Grinch (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) · Mistaken Identity (2018) ·

Upcoming

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) · Abominable (2019) · Trolls World Tour (2020) · The Croods 2 (2020) · The Boss Baby 2 (2021) · Spooky Jack (2021)

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) · Romeo and Juliet (1994) · Ghost Vision (1995) · Balto (1995) · Cassiopeia (2000) · The Gabriel Garza Movie (2002) · Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003) · Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service (2003) · Metro Cone (2005) · Curious George (2006) · Tony 2: Across the Nation (2007) · The 10 Feet (2007) · Metro Cone 2 (2008) · The Tale of Despereaux (2008) · Buddy (2010) · Defender D (2011) · ROBLOX: The Movie (2011) · Uploaded (2012) · Metro Cone 3: The Mystery to New York (2012) · Workers (2013) · Defender 2D (2017) ·

Animated Films Distributed by Focus Features

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