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Warner Bros. Sets Two New Animation Releases for 2017 and 2018

With “The Lego Movie” established as a major hit, Warner Bros. is tooning up its animation schedule by announcing release dates for two movies in 2017 and 2018.

The studio, which has been looking to catch up to competitors in the animated game, announced early last year that it had formed an animated think-tank style creative consortium aimed at delivering one “high-end” pic per year.

“Lego,” the first film to go out as a Warner Animation Group title, has overperformed with $457 million worldwide and set a sequel for release on May 26, 2017.

The untitled animated films — both in 3D — have landed on Feb. 10, 2017 and on Feb. 9, 2018. Warner Bros. did not disclose further details. Both are the first projects to land on those dates.

Fox has already dated five animated projects for 2018 while Disney has dated three.

The Warner consortium included “Lego” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller along with Jared Stern, who’s writing the sequel along with John Requa, Glenn Ficcara and Nicholas Stoller.

Despite being home to the Looney Tunes characters, Warner Bros. has been relatively light on animated fare when compared with rivals.

“Looney Tunes: Back in Action” hybrid flopped in 2003 while its best performer was 2006′s “Happy Feet” with $384 million in worldwide grosses; 2010′s “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” and the “Happy Feet” sequel turned in middling results with $140 million and $150 million respectively in worldwide grosses.

 

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