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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.

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 Paradoria 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 Paradoria 2 December 6, 2019
21 Imagimals 2 May 29, 2020
22 Untitled Gingo animated film May 21, 2021
23 Lix December 22, 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

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

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 $1.031 billion
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 April 17, 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[1] Spider Eye Productions  
Gabriel Garza 2 July 2, 2014 Gingo Animation  
The Boxtrolls September 26, 2014 Laika[3]  
Paradoria 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]  
Ethel & Ernest October 28, 2016[1] Ethel & Ernest Productions  
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  
Niz Chicolcoo December 6, 2017 GingoMotion Studios  

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
Mistaken Identity February 2, 2018 DreamWorks Animation
Mako Animation
 
Untitled Laika 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  
Paradoria 2 December 6, 2019 Gingo Animation  
Trolls 2 April 17, 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  
Untitled film May 21, 2021 Gingo Animation  
Untitled film July 2, 2021 Illumination Entertainment  
Spooky Jack September 17, 2021 DreamWorks Animation  
Lix December 22, 2021 Gingo Animation  
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  

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
5 Computeropolis 2 2007 $953,476,361 Produced by Gingo Animation.
6 Gabriel Garza 2 2014 $895,664,915
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
10 Paradoria 2015 $717,358,104
11 Computeropolis 2004 $697,164,299
12 Gabriel Garza 2011 $645,300,952
13 Sing 2016 $632,443,719 Produced by Illumination Entertainment.
14 Despicable Me 2010 $543,113,985
15 The Planetokio Movie 2015 $536,368,554 Produced by Gingo Animation.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 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) · Paradoria (2015) · The Planetokio Movie (2015) · DCL: Desktop Component League (2016) · Imagimals (2017) · Gabriel Garza 3 (2017) ·

Upcoming

Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018) · Paradoria 2 (2019) · Imagimals 2 (2020) · Lix (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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