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Warner Animation Group (abbreviated as WAG) is the feature animation division of Warner Bros. Animation. The studio is the successor to traditional-animation department Warner Bros. Feature Animation.

History

In January 2013, Jeff Robinov (then the 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. It is the successor to the dissolved hand-drawn animation department Warner Bros. Feature Animation. The group includes John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Nicholas Stoller, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and Jared Stern. Warner Bros. created the group with the hope that the box office reception of their films will be competitive with other animation studios' releases. 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.

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. On the same day, they announced their third film, Smallfoot, which was originally scheduled for release in 2016, but was later moved to 2018. Storks was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks and was met with mixed reviews from critics.

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 Sequel. The sequel was announced to be released on May 26, 2017, 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. 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". 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.

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.

Upcoming projects

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 currently set for release in 2019.

Other WAG films announced are based on Adventure Time, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Speedy Gonzales 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.

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. In May 2017, Warner Bros. announced that the film, titled Scooby, to be directed by Tony Cervone and Dax Shepard, and will be released May 15, 2020. Another film part of this universe will be based on The Jetsons, with Conrad Vernon set to direct, and Matt Lieberman doing the screenplay.

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.

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.

Filmography

Feature films

Released films

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s) Budget Gross RT MC
1 The Lego Movie February 7, 2014 Village Roadshow Pictures
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Vertigo Entertainment
Lin Pictures
Animal Logic $60 million $469.2 million 96% 83
2 Storks September 23, 2016 RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Stoller Global Solutions (uncredited)
Sony Pictures Imageworks $70 million $182.4 million 64% 56
3 The Lego Batman Movie February 10, 2017 DC Comics
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Lord Miller Productions
Vertigo Entertainment
Lin Pictures
Animal Logic $80 million $312 million 90% 71
4 The Lego Ninjago Movie September 22, 2017 RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Vertigo Entertainment
Lord Miller Productions
Lin Pictures
$70 million $123.1 million 55% 55
5 Smallfoot September 28, 2018 Zaftig Films Sony Pictures Imageworks $80 million $213 million 76% 60
6 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part February

8, 2019

Lego System A/S, Vertigo Entertainment, Lord Miller Productions, Rideback Productions Animal Logic $99

million

$190

million

85% 80

Upcoming films

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation service(s) Current Production Status
7 Scoob! May 15, 2020 Atlas Entertainment
Primate Pictures
Reel FX Creative Studios Production
8 Tom & Jerry April 16, 2021 Turner Entertainment

The Story Company

TBA Production
9 Space Jam 2 July 16, 2021 SpringHill Entertainment TBA Production
10 DC Super Pets May 22, 2022 DC Entertainment TBA Pre-Production

Films in development

Title
The Jetsons [1]
The Flintstones [2]
Wacky Races [3]
The Billion Brick Race [4] [5]
Bone [6]
Speedy Gonzales[7] [8]
Coyote Vs. Acme [9]
Meet The Beatles [10]
The Ice Dragon [11] [12] [13]
Toto [14] [15] [16] [17]
Dr. Seuss‘s, The Cat In The Hat [18] [19] [20]
Untitled The Lego Batman Movie Sequel [21]
Funko [22] [23]

Short films

# Title Release date Distributor Animation service(s) Release with Notes
1 Enter the Ninjago June 17, 2014 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Animal Logic The Lego Movie Home video release
2 The Lego Movie: 4D - A New Adventure January 29, 2016 Warner Bros. Pictures Pure Imagination Studios Theme park ride
3 The Master September 23, 2016 Animal Logic Storks Theatrical release
4 Pigeon Toady's Guide to Your New Baby December 20, 2016 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Sony Pictures Imageworks Home video release
5 Dark Hoser June 13, 2017 N/A The Lego Batman Movie
6 Batman is Just Not That Into You
7 Cooking with Alfred Animal Logic
8 Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
9 Shark E. Shark in "Which Way to the Ocean?" December 19, 2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie
10 Zane's Stand Up Promo N/A

Franchises

Title Release date
The Lego Movie 2014–present

Gallery

Trivia

  • During the opening logo, "Merrily We Roll Along" was used as a fanfare for the company.
  • This company has not yet made a G-rated production, as every one of its feature-length films so far has been rated PG by the MPAA, due to stricter reasons.


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Theatrical films
The Lego Movie (2014) • Storks (2016) • The Lego Batman Movie (2017) • The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) • Smallfoot (2018)
Upcoming films
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) •The Billion Brick Race (2019) • Scooby (2020)
Short films
Enter the Ninjago (2014) • The Lego Movie: 4D - A New Adventure (2016) • The Master (2016) • Pigeon Toady's Guide to Your New Baby (2016) • Dark Hoser (2017) • Batman is Just Not That Into You (2017) • Cooking with Alfred (2017) • Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That? (2017) • Which Way to the Ocean (2017) • Zane's Stand Up Promo (2017)
People
See also


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Looney Tunes/Spielberg universe
Animated series: The Bugs Bunny ShowTiny Toon AdventuresTaz-ManiaAnimaniacsThe Sylvester & Tweety MysteriesPinky and the BrainFreakazoid!Road RoversHisteria!Pinky, Elmyra and the BrainThe Cat&Birdy Warneroonie PinkyBrainy Big Cartoonie ShowBaby Looney TunesDuck DodgersLoonatics UnleashedThe Looney Tunes ShowNew Looney Tunes

Films: Bugs Bunny: SuperstarThe Bugs Bunny/Road Runner MovieThe Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny MovieBugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit TalesDaffy Duck's Fantastic IslandDaffy Duck's QuackbustersSpace JamWakko's WishTweety's High-Flying AdventureLooney Tunes: Back in ActionBah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes ChristmasLooney Tunes: Rabbits Run

DC Comics
Animated series: Batman: The Animated SeriesSuperman: The Animated SeriesBatman BeyondStatic ShockThe Zeta ProjectJustice LeagueTeen TitansJustice League UnlimitedThe BatmanKrypto the SuperdogLegion of Super HeroesBatman: The Brave and the BoldYoung JusticeGreen Lantern: The Animated SeriesTeen Titans Go!Beware the BatmanDC Super Hero Girls

Animated films: Batman: Mask of the PhantasmBatman & Mr. Freeze: SubZeroThe Lego Batman MovieBatman: Return of the Caped CrusadersBatman vs. Two-Face

Hanna-Barbera
Animated series: What's New, Scooby-Doo?Tom and Jerry TalesShaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedThe Tom and Jerry ShowBe Cool, Scooby-Doo!Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!

Direct-to-video film series: Scooby-Doo on Zombie IslandScooby-Doo! and the Witch's GhostTom and Jerry: The Magic RingTom and Jerry: Blast Off to MarsThe Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!

Other TV series
Detention¡Mucha Lucha!Xiaolin ShowdownCoconut Fred's Fruit Salad IslandBaby BluesRight Now KapowDorothy and the Wizard of OzBunniculaGreen Eggs and HamUnikitty!WayneheadOzzy & DrixMike Tyson Mysteries3 SouthMadJohnny TestFirehouse TalesThunderCatsThunderCats Roar
Other original films
Theatrical: Quest for CamelotThe Iron GiantOsmosis JonesThe Lego MovieStorksThe Lego Ninjago Movie

Direct-to-video: Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El MaléficoHappiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

Films, distribution only
Gay Purr-eeThe Incredible Mr. LimpetTreasure IslandOliver TwistThe Nutcracker PrinceRover DangerfieldThumbelinaA Troll in Central ParkThe Pebble and the PenguinCats Don't DanceThe Fearless FourThe King and IThe Scarecrow


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Founders
Jack L. Warner | Harry Warner | Albert Warner | Sam Warner
Executives
Kevin Tsujihara
Theatrical Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures | Warner Bros. Family Entertainment | Warner Animation Group | New Line Cinema | Castle Rock Entertainment | Flagship Entertainment | Cartoon Network Movies
Television Production and Distribution
Warner Bros. Televison Productions UK | Eyeworks | Alloy Entertainment | Telepictures | Warner Bros. Animation | Warner Bros. Television | Warner Bros. International Television | Warner Bros. International Television Production
Broadcast TV
The CW
Cable TV Channels
Warner Channel | WB Channel
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Monolith Productions | TT Games (Traveller's Tales | TT Games Publishing | TT Fusion) | NetherRealm Studios | Rocksteady Studios | Turbine | WB Games Montréal
DC Entertainment
DC Films | DC Comics (Mad | Vertigo)
Home Video
Warner Home Video | Warner Archive Collection
Public Attractions
Warner Bros. Studio Tours | Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter | Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Filming Studios
Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank | Warner Bros. Studio, Leavesden
Miscellaneous
Warner Bros. Digital Networks | Fandango Media | Turner Entertainment | WaterTower Music


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Board of directors
Subsidiaries
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