2016 furry movie preview
2016 is shaping up to be a benchmark year for furry movies. Though movies featuring talking or otherwise anthropomorphic animals are hardly uncommon, this year looks to be exceptionally full, and many of the movies coming out have impressive pedigrees. It should also be noted that there is a ridiculously high number of foxes featured, for those of us who find that important.
Cartoon Brew has a list of 47 animated movies planned to be released next year, where most of these movies are drawn from; not all of them contain furry characters, but many do. There are also a few live action titles that can be counted on to be furry. Notably, 2016 release Zootopia's first trailer provided a list of unique features it contained, including bipedal, tech-using, clothed talking animals in a human free world; though these attributes are uncommon, if not actually original, 2016 will contain six movies that meet these requirements (Kung Fu Panda 3, Rock Dog, Sing, Sly Cooper, Spark and Zootopia).
The following list is mostly aimed towards an audience living in the United States of America; release dates listed are American. Some of the movies listed do not have solid release dates, and may fail to be shown; others may have had release dates outside the U.S. earlier this year. Also, movies listed contain only anthropomorphic animal movies; movies featuring anthropomorphic characters not based on specific animals are not listed.
Furry movies with set American release dates
IMDB summary: "Displaced from their Arctic home, a polar bear named Norm and his three lemming friends wind up in New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of a corporation he soon learns is tied to the fate of his homeland."
Release date: January 15
IMDB summary: "Continuing his 'legendary adventures of awesomeness', Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home."
Release date: January 29
IMDB summary: "In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends."
Release date: March 4
IMDB summary: "A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to make sure she is prepared for it. Her neighbor, The Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of The Little Prince."
Release date: March 18
Note: This is the English dub's American release date; different language versions of this movie first came out this year.
IMDB summary: "An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther."
Release date: April 15
IMDB summary: "Bird Island is an untouched paradise inhabited by birds who are naive and innocent, who know nothing of the outside world. They treasure eggs, and are all carefree and easygoing, except for few."
Release date: May 20
IMDB summary: "Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter."
Release date: May 27
IMDB summary: "The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way."
Release date: June 17
IMDB summary: "The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat."
Release date: June 3
IMDB summary: "Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happily-owned pets and their owners."
Release date: July 8
IMDB summary: "Scrat's epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet."
Release date: July 22
IMDB summary: "A young orphan seeks refuge from his abusive adoptive parents with the help of a pet dragon and a couple who live in a lighthouse."
Release date: August 12
IMDB summary: "Storks deliver babies...or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company's top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl."
Release date: September 23
IMDB summary: "A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition."
Release date: December 21