Fans of 3D animated films have never had it better. With as many as 25 ­animation flicks, 10 of them big-budgeted, making it to the big screen in India this year, the ­audiences are in for a treat. “Indigenous animated movies do not really fare well among the Indian audience, because they prefer those desi movies which have Bollywood star presence in them. On the other hand, their Hollywood kin are not only popular but also bring in good revenue. It’s great that so many of the much awaited animation films are releasing this year,” says Komal Nahta, trade analyst. “The number of animated films has ­drastically increased over the years and are well received at the box office,” says Alok Tandon, CEO Inox Leisure.
This buddy comedy by Dreamworks Animation is based on a childrens’ book by Adam Rex and is around the unlikely pair of Oh, a banished member of the alien race Boov, and a resourceful and chirpy teen girl called Tip. Lending their voices to the movie will be names such as Grammy award winner Rihanna, and Jim Parsons, best known for his role in The Big Bang Theory.
Produced by Illumination Entertainment, this comedy is a prequel to/spin-off of Despicable Me, and will see ­everyone’s favourite minions — Kevin, Stuart and Bob embark on a journey to serve the most despicable masters of all time. Leading the voice cast will be Sandra Bullock and Michael Keaton.
Directed by Chris Columbus, this 3D science fiction action comedy will see aliens wage war on earth using classic arcade game characters like Donkey Kong and Pac Man. The film stars actor Adam Sandler.
Hotel Transylvania 2
Sequel to the 2012 film Hotel Transylvania, this ­animated fantasy comedy revolves around an impromptu family get-together when old fashioned Vampire Vlad comes to visit Count Dracula. Names like Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg will be part of the voice cast for the movie.