16 Top Animated Movies of 2017

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This week's "The LEGO Batman Movie" is the first of an anticipated 16 mainstream animated movies set to be released this year. Here's a look at the lineup:

Feb. 10 - “THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE”
Studio: Warner Bros.
Voice Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis
Story in a Sentence: The miniature version of The Caped Crusader is back - ready to save LEGO Gotham City from The Joker and more.

Feb. 24 - “ROCK DOG”
Studios: Lionsgate/Summit
Voice Cast: Luke Wilson, J.K. Simmons, Kenan Thompson
Story in a Sentence: After hearing a song on the radio, a dog dreams of being a musician.

Mar. 3 - “LEAP!”
Studio: The Weinstein Co.
Voice Cast: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen
Story in a Sentence: An orphan girl travels to Paris with her friend to become a Ballerina.
Sidenote: English-dubbed version of French-Canadian film.

Mar. 31 - “THE BOSS BABY”
Studios: Fox, DreamWorks Animation
Voice Cast: Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel
Story in a Sentence: A baby with a briefcase and a deep, mature voice joins his new brother on a secret mission.

Apr. 7 - “SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE”
Studios: Columbia, Sony Pictures Animation
Voice Cast: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Julia Roberts
Story in a Sentence: The little blue creatures are on a quest to uncover the biggest secret of their kind.
Sidenote: Unlike the two previous "Smurfs" movies, this is completely CGI.

Apr. 14 - “SPARK”
Studio: Open Road
Voice Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank
Story in a Sentence: A teenage monkey seeks the help of his friends to regain a planet.

June 2 - “CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE”
Studios: Fox, DreamWorks Animation
Voice Cast: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Jordan Peele
Story in a Sentence: Two students turn their principal into the title hero.
Sidenote: Based on children’s novel series.

June 16 - “CARS 3”
Studios: Disney/Pixar
Voice Cast: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy
Story in a Sentence: Lightning McQueen questions whether he should retire as a new generation of racers look to steal his racing thunder.

June 30 - “DESPICABLE ME 3”
Studios: Universal, Illumination Entertainment
Voice Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker
Story in a Sentence: 1980s child star Balthazar Bratt seeks world domination - and it’s up to Gru, Lucy and the Minions to stop him.

Aug. 4 - “THE EMOJI MOVIE”
Studios: Columbia, Sony Pictures Animation
Voice Cast: T.J. Miller, James Corden, Maya Rudolph
Story in a Sentence: The colorful mobile phone images come to life.

Aug. 18 - “THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE”
Studio: Open Road
Voice Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Bobby Cannavale
Story in a Sentence: Surly the squirrel joins his friends to prevent their home from being destroyed.

Sept. 22 - “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE”
Studio: Warner Bros.
Voice Cast: Jackie Chan, Olivia Munn, Dave Franco
Story in a Sentence: Ninjas and warriors defend their homeland.
Sidenote: Based on LEGO sets of toys.

Oct. 6 - “MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE”
Studio: Lionsgate
Voice Cast: Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, Kristen Chenoweth
Story in a Sentence: Ponies must save their home from a dark force.
Sidenote: Based on popular toys and TV series.

Nov. 10 - “THE STAR”
Studios: Columbia, Sony Pictures Animation
Voice Cast: Zachary Levi, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey
Story in a Sentence: A donkey and his animal pals experience the first Christmas.

Nov. 22 - “COCO”
Studios: Disney/Pixar
Voice Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor
Story in a Sentence: Boy Miguel unveils an incredible mystery before experiencing a powerful family reunion.

Dec. 15 - “FERDINAND”
Studios: 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios
Voice Cast: Adam Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Trevor Noah
Story in a Sentence: A timid bull ends-up in the ring.
Sidenote: Based on iconic characterImage Credit: The Hollywood Reporter
Release Dates Credit: Box Office Mojo
Info Credit: IMDb

Jackson Murphy: Emmy Award-winning Film Critic / Entertainment Reporter. Broadcast Film Critics Assoc. (@CriticsChoice), SAG-AFTRA (@SAGAwards)