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Netflix Reveals 2021 Animated Film Slate

Arriving with immaculate timing, just too late for our 2021 movie preview, Netflix have revealed their animated movie offerings for 2021. The streaming behemoth is considerably upping their game with regards to original feature films, with an ambitious plan to release one a week this year, including several animated features. 

This doesn't represent Netflix's entire animated output for the year, however. TV series, adult animation and anime titles will be announced separately. None of the below titles have yet been given a release date, but all are set to be released sometime in 2021.

A Winter's Tale From Shaun The Sheep

The UK's stop-motion supremos Aardman are one of the latest animation studios to find a new home with Netflix. In this 30-minute special, the beloved sheep is inadvertently responsible for the disappearance of the youngest member of his flock, Timmy. Can Shaun bring him home for Christmas?


Trollhunters: Rise Of The Titans

Guillermo del Toro's Tales of Arcadia saga comes to a climax as the town of Arcadia comes under threat in this feature-length conclusion. The heroes of Trollhunters, 3Below and Wizards must come together and fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all.

Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

Rise seems to be all-but finished on TV (although the final episodes are yet to air) but fans of this creative spin on the half-shelled heroes still have this to look forward to. After being visited by a stranger from the future with a dire warning, the turtles must fight an alien invasion from the Krang!

Back To The Outback

CG family feature with an Aussie flavour. A rag-tag group of Australia's most deadly animals ( a snake, a scorpion, a spider and a thorny devil lizard) are tired of being gawked at like they're monsters by humans. So they mount a daring plan to break out of their zoo and get back to the Outback, pursued all the way by a zookeeper and his sidekick. The voice-cast is packed with well known Aussie actors including Isla Fisher, Guy Pearce- and musical comedian Tim Minchin as a cute but obnoxious koala called Pretty Boy. Strewth!


Robin Robin

Stop-motion holiday musical special from Aardman.  Dan Ojari and Mikey Please write and direct their first work for the UK's biggest animation studio, bringing us the story of a Robin (named Robin) raised by a loving family of mice.  An ugly duckling story meets a heist movie.

Bombay Rose

Hand-drawn Indian adult animated feature that tells three entwined stories of impossible loves in the city that spawned Bollywood.  A romance between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy. A love between two women. The love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars.  Writer-director Gitanjali Rao's feature is based on true events.


Wish Dragon

Sony Pictures Animation's co-production with China's Tencent Pictures, Cultural Investment Holdings and Base Media. The Shanghai set fantasy features working-class student Din who teams up with Long, a cynical but all-powerful dragon with the power to grant wishes. Together they set off on an adventure in pursuit of Lina, Din's long-lost childhood friend.

The Loud House Movie

Nickelodeon's other movie spin-off coming to Netflix this year sees the return of the Loud family. In this movie outing, the Louds travel to Scotland, finding they are descendants of Scottish royalty. And their ancestral home is a castle!


Maya And The Three

The Book Of Life director Jorge Guiterrez's event series is also confirmed for 2021.  The series takes place in a world inspired by mesoamerican culture and mythology and sees a warrior princess named Maya on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to save her world.


Arlo The Alligator Boy

Half-human and half alligator, young Arlo discovers that his long-lost father is from New York City.  Upon hearing the news, he decides to leave his sheltered life in the swamp for the bright lights of the big city to try and find him.