Last year was a truly great one for animated movies. I mean, just look at the Oscar race for Best Animated Feature. The nominees haven't been announced yet, but some of the films expecting to hear their names called are two instant classics from Disney, Zootopia and Moana, Laika's stunning Kubo and the Two Strings, Pixar's blockbuster Finding Dory, and Netflix's gorgeous and heartfelt The Little Prince. So how could the animated movies in 2017 possibly compare to this level of talent? Are there really that many animated movies coming out this year that you've just gotta see?
There's no way of knowing yet if 2017's animated crop will contain as many critical darlings as 2016's did, but there are certainly a great number of films that have potential. Although Disney Animation has no movies coming out in 2017, Pixar has two, including their first non-sequel film since The Good Dinosaur (and their last until at least 2020). There are also new installments in the super fun Lego and Despicable Me series, as well as a ton of original offerings from a bunch of different studios. So take a look below at the 19 most exciting animated films heading your way in 2017.