Warner Animation Group

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Warner Animation Group
Division
Industry Animation
Motion pictures
Predecessor Warner Bros. Feature Animation
Founded January 2013; 5 years ago (January 2013)
Headquarters Burbank, California, U.S.
Key people
Allison Abbate
(Executive Vice President)
Chris Leahy
(Senior Vice President)
Products Animated films
Parent Warner Bros. Animation
(Warner Bros. Entertainment)

The Warner Animation Group (WAG) is the feature animation division of Warner Bros. Animation, established in January 2013. The studio is the successor to traditional-animation department Warner Bros. Feature Animation. Its first film The Lego Movie was released on February 7, 2014, and its latest release was The Lego Ninjago Movie on September 22, 2017 with its next release being Smallfoot on September 28, 2018.

History[edit]

In January 2013, Jeff Robinov (then head of the studio's motion picture division) founded a screenplay development department, nicknamed a "think tank" for developing theatrical animated films, known as the Warner Animation Group.[1] The group includes John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Nicholas Stoller, Jared Stern, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.[1] Warner Bros. created the group with the hope that the box office reception of their films will be competitive with other animation studios' releases.[1] The group is reportedly somewhat similar to Pixar Animation Studios' "brain trust" in terms of how its members consult with one another and give feedback on each other's projects.[2]

On February 7, 2014, Warner Animation Group released their first film, The Lego Movie, a film animated by Animal Logic. It was met with positive reviews and proved to be a box office success.

On January 7, 2013, Warner Animation Group announced their second film, Storks, which was originally scheduled for a 2015 release, but was pushed to September 23, 2016.[3] On the same day, they announced their third film, Smallfoot, which was originally scheduled for release in 2016, but was later moved to 2018.[3] Storks was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks and was met with mixed reviews from critics.[4]

On February 7, 2014, the same day The Lego Movie was released, it was reported that Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan were hired to write The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.[5] The sequel was announced to be released on May 26, 2017,[6] but later that year, it was reported that a spin-off film featuring Batman from The Lego Movie might take the sequel's release date, pushing the sequel to May 18, 2018.[7] Phil Lord and Christopher Miller returned to script and co-direct the sequel. Rob Schrab was set to direct the film, but was later replaced by Mike Mitchell due to "creative differences".[8] On June 2016, the release date was pushed to February 8, 2019.

On February 10, 2017, Warner Bros. released The Lego Batman Movie, which received positive reviews from critics.[9][10]

The Lego Ninjago Movie, based on the Lego Ninjago theme of Lego toys, was released September 22, 2017. Upon release, the film was met with mixed reviews from critics and failed to recoup its budget, making it the first Warner Animation Group film to do so.[11][12]

Upcoming projects[edit]

On March 27, 2015, it was reported that Jason Segel and Drew Pearce was going to co-direct and write a script to a new "Lego Movie" spin-off named The Billion Brick Race, which is set for release in 2019.[13]

Other WAG films announced are based on Adventure Time, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Speedy Gonzales[14] and Bone.

In late September 2015, it was reported that Warner Bros. and Warner Animation Group were working on an animated musical called Meet The Beatles based on The Beatles, the film is to be directed by Paul King, who directed Paddington.[15]

In March 2016, Warner Bros. announced plans for a shared universe of animated films based on various Hanna-Barbera characters, starting with a reboot of the Scooby-Doo film series, originally scheduled for September 21, 2018 in the United States.[16] In May 2017, Warner Bros. announced that the film, titled Scooby, to be directed by Tony Cervone and Dax Shepard, will be released May 15, 2020.[17] Another film part of this universe will be based on The Jetsons, with Conrad Vernon set to direct,[18] and Matt Lieberman writing the screenplay.[19][20]

On January 24, 2018, it was announced that an animated Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat film was in development as part of a creative partnership with Seuss Enterprises.[21]

On May 23, 2018, it was announced that WAG will produce an animated adaptation of The Ice Dragon, a children's fantasy book by George R. R. Martin. Martin will produce and possibly write the script for the film.[22]

On July 12, 2018, it was announced that WAG will produce an animated movie about Toto from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The new film will be based on the children’s book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of The Wizard of Oz. [23]

On August 29, 2018, Warner Bros. is developing Coyote Vs. Acme as a Wile E. Coyote animated movie with The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay on board to produce.[24]

Process[edit]

Following in a similar fashion to other animation studios like Sony Pictures Animation and Paramount Animation, the studio outsources their animated films to different animation and visual effects studios. This would include Animal Logic (The Lego Movie franchise, the upcoming Bone film), Sony Pictures Imageworks (Storks, Smallfoot), and Reel FX Creative Studios (the upcoming Scooby film).

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Released films[edit]

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation services Budget Gross RT MC Notes
1 The Lego Movie[S] February 7, 2014 Village Roadshow Pictures
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Vertigo Entertainment
Lin Pictures
Animal Logic $60 million $469 million 96% 83 First film.
First installment of the Lego Movie franchise.
First collaboration with RatPac Dune Entertainment, The Lego Group, Vertigo Entertainment, and Lin Pictures.
Only collaboration with Village Roadshow Pictures.
First collaboration with Animal Logic.
2 Storks September 23, 2016 RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Stoller Global Solutions (uncredited)
Sony Pictures Imageworks $70 million $183 million 65% 56 First original film.
First fully-animated film.
First collaboration with Stoller Global Solutions, despite the producer-owned independent being uncredited.
First film with a September release.
First collaboration with Sony Pictures Imageworks.
3 The Lego Batman Movie February 10, 2017 DC Entertainment
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Lord Miller Productions
Vertigo Entertainment
Lin Pictures
Animal Logic $80 million $311 million 90% 75 First collaboration with DC Entertainment and Lord Miller Productions.
First collaboration with Animal Logic to be completely animated.
4 The Lego Ninjago Movie[S] September 22, 2017 RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Vertigo Entertainment
Lord Miller Productions
Lin Pictures
$70 million $123 million 55% 55 First film to be based on a television series.
First film based on a pre-existing Lego set.
Final collaboration with RatPac-Dune Entertainment.
Final collaboration with Lin Pictures before renaming itself Rideback.
First collaboration with Animal Logic to be released in September.
First film to be a Box Office Flop.
5 Smallfoot September 28, 2018 Zaftig Films Sony Pictures Imageworks TBA TBD 77% 50 First collaboration with Zaftig Films.
First musical film.
First film based on a book.
First twin film.
Second original film.
First September release to come out one week before Columbus Day.

Upcoming films[edit]

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation services Current Production Status Ref(s) Notes
6 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part[S] February 8, 2019 Lego System A/S
Vertigo Entertainment
Lord Miller Productions
Rideback
Animal Logic Post-Production [9][25] First sequel.
First collaboration with Rideback after rebranding itself from Lin Pictures.
7 The Billion Brick Race TBA 2019 Pre-Production [26][27] N/A
8 Scooby May 15, 2020 Atlas Entertainment
Primate Pictures
Reel FX Creative Studios [28][29][30][31] First collaboration with Atlas Entertainment and Primate Pictures.
First collaboration with Reel FX Creative Studios.
9 Untitled film December 22, 2021 TBA Development [32]

Films in development[edit]

Title Ref(s)
The Jetsons [33][34][35]
Bone [36][37][38]
Space Jam reboot[S] [39][40][41][42]
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat [43]
Speedy Gonzales [14]
Meet the Beatles [15]
The Ice Dragon [22]
Toto [23]
Super Pets [44]
Coyote vs Acme [24]
S Combines live-action with animation.

Short films[edit]

# Title Release date
1 Enter the Ninjago June 17, 2014
2 The Lego Movie: 4D - A New Adventure January 29, 2016
3 The Master September 23, 2016
4 Pigeon Toady's Guide to Your New Baby December 6, 2016
5 Dark Hoser June 13, 2017
6 Batman is Just Not That Into You
7 Cooking with Alfred
8 Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
9 Shark E. Shark in "Which Way to the Ocean?" December 19, 2017
10 Zane's Stand Up Promo

Franchises[edit]

Title Release date
The Lego Movie 2014–present

Accolades[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2014 The Lego Movie Best Original Song "Everything is Awesome" written and lyrics by Shawn Patterson Nominated

Golden Globes[edit]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2014 The Lego Movie Best Animated Feature Film Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Nominated

BAFTA Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2014 The Lego Movie Animated Film Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Won

Critics' Choice Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2014 The Lego Movie Best Animated Film Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Won
Best Original Song "Everything is Awesome" written and lyrics by Shawn Patterson Nominated
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Best Animated Film Chris McKay

Annie Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2015 The Lego Movie Best Animated Feature Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Dan Lin and Roy Lee Nominated
Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production Jayandera Danappal, Matt Ebb, Christian Epunan Hernandez, Danielle Brooks, and Raphael Gadot
Directing in an Animated Feature Production Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Directors; Chris McKay, Co-Director
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Grant Freckelton
Writing in an Animated Feature Production Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Won
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production David Burrows, Todd Hansen, Doug Nicholas, Jonathan Tappin and Courtney O'Brien-Brown Nominated
2017 Storks Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Katie Crown
2018 The Lego Batman Movie Directing in a Feature Production Chris McKay
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Zach Galifianakis
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production David Burrows, Matt Villa and John Venzon

Heartland Film Festival[edit]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2014 The Lego Movie Truly Moving Picture Award Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Won
2016 Storks Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Chris McKay

Kids' Choice Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Winner/Nominee(s) Result
2014 The Lego Movie Favorite Movie Actor Will Arnett Nominated
Favorite Animated Movie Nominated
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Nominated

See also[edit]

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