The joyful legacy of Saturday-morning cartoons is alive and well in 2021. The technology of animation just keeps getting better and better, even if sometimes it can veer towards uncanny valley territory (looking at you, CATS). But more often than not, animated movies give us the unique gift of whimsical renderings of our wildest dreams. With the state of the world being what it is, we may need silly, goofy, beautiful cartoons now more than ever.
Luckily, the animation industry is uniquely situated to thrive in the remote-working times that we’re living in, and we are sure to see a rise in animated features (for all ages!) in the coming years. From the new Space Jam movie to Bob’s Burgers: The Movie—and every cartoon chronicle in between—here are the ten most anticipated animated movie releases for 2021.