6 animated projects we can’t wait to see in the second half of 2018


From original shows to top-notch feature films, there are several exciting animated projects on the horizon.

As the summer gradually comes to an end, it’s time to look at what kind of animated content will debut this fall and winter. Some of them, like big blockbuster movies, are getting good promotion. There are others, however, that are flying under the radar.

Here are six animated shows and movies we’re looking forward to watching before the year ends.

The Dragon Prince

Coming soon to Netflix on September 14 is a new fantasy adventure from head writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender Aaron Ehasz, Avatar: The Last Airbender director Giancarlo Volpe, and Uncharted game director Justin Richmond.

In the world of The Dragon Prince, the use of dark magic has caused tension to rise between the various magical lands and kingdoms. Princes Callum (voiced by Jack DeSena) and Ezran (Sasha Rojen) break the cycle when they ally themselves with Rayla (Paula Burrows), a moonshadow elf who was sent to kill them. The alliance is forged in an attempt to end the conflict between their people.

Fans who jump into this world will be surprised to discover that a companion video game is also in development by the same company producing the show, Wonderstorm. Not much is known about the game at this time, but it will provide viewers with an opportunity to experience The Dragon Prince universe in a different way.

Star Wars Resistance

Premiering on October 7 on the Disney Channel, Star Wars Resistance is an exciting new adventure from Lucasfilm that takes place prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The series follows Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono (Christopher Sean), a Resistance pilot who’s been assigned an undercover mission by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). During this mission, Kaz is sent to the Colossus, a massive refueling station located on an outer rim ocean planet. There, his responsibility is to spy on the locals and find out who among them is loyal to the Resistance and who isn’t.

Star Wars Resistance is unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Lucasfilm, and while the show is naturally aimed at a younger generation of fans, it’s also an adventure meant to be enjoyed by the whole family.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Produced for Netflix by DreamWorks Animation, a new reboot series based on the much-beloved She-Ra is scheduled to be released on November 16. The series will be executive produced by Noelle Stevenson, the award-winning author behind Nimona and Lumberjanes.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will follow Adora (Aimee Carrero), a young orphan from the planet Etheria. After discovering a magical sword, she becomes She-Ra, the Princess of Power. Wielding this magical sword, however, comes with an immense responsibility. A group of magical princesses help guide her through her journey while she simultaneously fights against Hordak and his army of Horde troopers.

Many remember the original series, but many more haven’t been exposed to it. This is the perfect opportunity to get a younger generation interested in the story of She-Ra and what she has to offer as a role model.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Arriving just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday is the sequel of the 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph. Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Ralph Breaks the Internet has released a few clips that pretty much confirm the sequel will be just as comedic and entertaining as its predecessor.

This highly anticipated adventure takes place 6 years after the events of the first movie. When a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade where Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz reside, things inevitably get a bit hectic. The two find themselves surfing the Internet and encounter several familiar faces and brands along the way.

Just recently, it was announced that Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) will voice Shank, a street racer with a bad-girl vibe from an online racing game called Slaughter Race. Gal Gadot as a street racer? All the more reason to add this sequel to your must-watch list.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Miles Morales finally gets to star in his own feature film, which is scheduled for release on December 14. Developed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation, this film will show us how Morales becomes one of the Spider-Men.

Doing so is not an easy task, however, since he has to learn how to juggle his high school life and his role as a superhero. Along the way, he befriends an older Peter Parker and a free-spirited Gwen Stacy as they introduce him to the Spider-Verse.

The comic book style developed for this movie is nothing short of incredible. In order to get the look and the animation just right, Sony Pictures Animation worked with more than 140 animators. That’s the largest crew ever used by the studio for a feature film. The amount of time and effort that went into this movie has not gone unnoticed, so we can’t wait to watch a fan-favorite Spidey take to the skies later this winter.

3 Below

Created for Netflix by Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation, 3 Below is a companion series to Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia that will debut later this year.

It follows two royal teen aliens, known as Aja (Tatiana Maslany) and Krel (Diego Luna), after they crash land on Arcadia. The two siblings struggle to blend in with their surroundings as they try to repair their ship and evade intergalactic bounty hunters.

Fans who watched Trollhunters got their first glimpse of Aja and Krel in the season 3 episode “In Good Hands.” They’re strange in a cool way, but most importantly, their story promises to be just as thrilling, unique, and high in quality as Trollhunters before it.

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What animated show or movie are you excited to watch later this fall and winter?