Must-See Animal Movies of 2021

Several movies that were due to open in 2020 are now coming out in 2021. Many films’ release dates are still changing or up in the air. This list will be updated as more information becomes available, including whether the films will be on streaming, VOD or in theaters. (Last updated: January 21, 2021)

Raya and the Last Dragon (March 5, 2021) 

In this animated Disney film, a young warrior (Cassie Steele) embarks on a quest to find the last dragon (voiced by Awkwafina).

Tom & Jerry (March 5, 2021)

Tom & Jerry Reboot Movie May Release on HBO Max & In Theaters

The classic animated duo hits the big screen in a film that will include animation with live-action. The live cast includes Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, and Colin Jost. While the animated characters will be voiced by Frank Welker and (archivally) by William Hanna, Mel Blanc, and June Foray. It will be released on HBO Max.

Stray (March 5, 2021)

This award-winning documentary follows 3 of the 100,000 homeless dogs in Istanbul. Read: Trailer: Documentary ‘Stray’ Follows the Homeless Dogs of Istanbul

The Truffle Hunters (March 21, 2021)

In the forests of Northern Italy, a dwindling group of old men and their faithful dogs search for the world’s most expensive ingredient, the white Alba truffle. Sony Classics will distribute the movie, which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance in 2020.

Godzilla vs. Kong (March 26, 2021) 

The two titans go up against each other in this sequel to “Godzilla, King of the Monsters” and “Kong: Skull Island, which was bumped up two months from May to March 2021 release date. It will be released theaters (where possible) and simultaneously on HBO Max.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (April 2, 2021)

James Corden returns as the voice of Peter Rabbit in this sequel to the 2018 film.

Cruella (May 28, 2021)

Emma Stone stars as a punk version of Cruella in this live-action remake.

Luca (June 18, 2021)

A young boy befriends makes a friend who’s secretly a sea monster in this Pixar adventure.

Jungle Cruise (July 30, 2021)

Director Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”) brings the famed Disney ride to the big screen. Emily Blunt stars as a wealthy adventuress who hires steamboat captain Dwayne Johnson to help her find a legendary treasure. We expect to see big cats, hippos, elephants, piranhas and, of course, the back side of water. It was originally set to be released July 24, 2020.

BIOS (August 13, 2021)  

In this sci-fi tale, Tom Hanks stars as the last human left on a post-apocalyptic earth. He creates a robot to be a protective companion to his dog when he dies. We expect to cry copiously.

Clifford the Big Red Dog (November 5, 2021)

Clifford The Big Red Dog First Look Teases 2021 Release

This live-action family comedy film is based on Norman Bridwell’s book series of same name. It stars Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, John Cleese, Sienna Guillory, Kenan Thompson, and Rosie Perez. The first glimpse of Clifford — who is not CGI, but just a regular dog supersized and tinted red — did not inspire the Internet.

Sing 2 (December 22, 2021)

The voice cast of the first film will return for a sequel to the 2016 animated hit, which also adds Idina Menzel and Selena Gomez.

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