Illumination’s Secret Life of Pets, Sing and Minions sequels gets new release dates

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2016 was a fantastic year for animation which seemingly saw all the big animation studios like Disney, Pixar, Laika, DreamWorks and Illumination all releasing major, critically lauded movies. Looking at the Oscar nominations for the category shows that there was so much goodness to choose from , that there wasn’t even room for Pixar’s long awaited Finding Dory on it. And yet I don’t feel disappointed as the movies that all did make it were fantastic, and if the animation studios keep producing this kind of quality, then I’m all for it.

One of the recent studios to make their mark on animation has been Illumination Entertainment, perhaps most widely known for their Despicable Me and Minions properties. And while the quality of their films has perhaps not been on par with the other studios, 2016 saw them release two really fun and successful movies, The Secret Life of Pets and Sing.

Considering that the studio works with typically smaller budgets than their bigger counterparts makes the kind of box office intake they made even more impressive (over $1 Billion between the two films internationally). And because of the success of these two properties, the studio has sequels for both those movies in production. However, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer for them as the studio has rejiggered their release schedule to fit it all in.

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According to Deadline, the new release schedule will still have a third Despicable Me film in 2017, but the studio will now be releasing a Secret Life of Pets sequel on 4 July in 2019, just under later than its original 13 July 2018 date. The planned Minions 2 is actually landing a week earlier than its original date on 10 July 2020, and then Sing 2 will release on Christmas day of that year.

It might seem like quite a distance away, but animated films take a long time to make and with the studio still wrapping up work on Despicable Me 3, and the countless number of Minion shorts we are going to get in between, they do have their hands full. There could be some potential new properties they are working on in the interim as well, so hopefully it won’t just all be sequels from the studio.

Either way, as a fan of animated films, things are looking up and while I am sick of the Minions by now, there is a host of potentially good Illumination films to look forward to.

Last Updated: January 26, 2017

  • MonsterCheddar

    Secret life of pets was corny, but I loved it.

  • MonsterCheddar

    • Is this called “getting work done”? xD

      • MonsterCheddar

        Well, among other things.

    • Original Heretic

      best part of the movie! Loved the poodle.

      • MonsterCheddar

        Yes. LOL

  • I love animations. But I did not enjoy secret life of pets.

    • Indeed, the story was super shallow.

      • PurplePariah

        Still better than Twilight. Or any Tom Cruise movie.

        • GG

        • Hey. Twilight was not so bad 😛

          • MonsterCheddar

            Jirre Otto

          • WTF Otto

          • Hammersteyn

            You go too far sir

          • MonsterCheddar

            Hammer is going to challenge Otto to a duel.

            *gets popcorn and camera ready

          • /)(

          • MonsterCheddar

            No Otto. Fight your own battles

          • Now now Sparkle. Remember sunshine in your heart!

          • MonsterCheddar

            More like. Murder Death Kill.

          • PurplePariah

            Are those… Are those… Pony… ears?

          • No. It’s a bro hoof. Sparkle knows whats up.

          • MonsterCheddar

            LOL

          • PurplePariah

            I need to cure you.

          • MonsterCheddar

            AWWWWWW YUS. SLIPKNOT!!!!!!!!! I’m like the biggest fan.

          • Dresden

            Blegh!

          • MonsterCheddar

            We can’t all be Kurt Darren fans.

          • Dresden

            How dare you insult me like that?!
            I actually love metal/ rock music, just don’t think much of them. They have talent (some of them), just don’t like their style.
            They actually have a few good songs like Vermilion, but other than that I generally dislike them.

          • MonsterCheddar

            😛

          • Original Heretic

            I love your cure.

            “This is year…hope fails us!!”

          • Much to mainstream. Try this

          • PurplePariah

            That’s a no from me.

          • This ain’t masterchef xD

          • Hammersteyn

            Too bad, we could have had Sparkles for lunch

          • O.o

          • PurplePariah

            Turns out, he/she really is a one-trick pony.

            Sparkles, play lunch!

            *deep frying noises*

          • MonsterCheddar

            Yep. A definite Nope.

          • Hammersteyn
          • Original Heretic

            I see your NO.

            And I raise you with a “HELL NO!!”

          • MonsterCheddar

            No Otto. You are going backwards.

            Shia LAPOEF. Seriously??? I hate that guy.

          • *makes note

          • Hammersteyn

            You’re feeding the troll

          • MonsterCheddar

            Yes. It would seem that I never learn.

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

          • MonsterCheddar

            Does he have a pony tail over his shoulder?????????? OMW. DIe ou is ‘n groter doos as wat ek gedink het.

          • Hammersteyn

            He punched Brad Pitt on the set of Fury O_o

          • MonsterCheddar

            Ek hoop hy is hard terug gemoer.

          • Hammersteyn

            Poor guy, he’s only little

          • Dresden

            My Youtube is blocked at work…
            Mind informing me what this is?

          • PurplePariah

            It’s some my little pony parody thing. None of us clicked play, you’re not missing out.

          • Hammersteyn

            I did, I tried to end it but network cabling cant support my weight

          • PurplePariah

            XD

          • Dresden

            Bwahahaha xD

          • xD

          • Should I remind you, you were the one that gave me this. xD

          • PurplePariah

            Yes. Yes I did. I saw it on the internet, and it was your birthday if I recall.

          • So sweet xD

          • Since then I have found a remastered version of it…teehee

          • PurplePariah

            lol. Only you would actually go looking for one XD

          • It was in the recommended area for some strange odd reason.

          • PurplePariah

            mmmm. “strange”.

          • Hammersteyn

            Youtube knows all

          • Dresden

            Thanks. Guess my employers are actually looking out for me.

          • Hammersteyn

            Aw yeah!

          • Dresden

            I assume this is Slipknot. What song?
            Never liked them, though I have to admit Vermilion is a very good song.

          • PurplePariah

            “All Hope is Gone”.

            Thought it would get the message across 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            *Phones glue factory

          • MonsterCheddar

            XD

          • Original Heretic

            Not sure what’s worse: this comment or the upvotes it received.

          • Hammersteyn

            OCD, sorry not sorry

          • Original Heretic

            You have upvote issues. Freud might say that you have a pathological need to be loved.
            I just say you’re brain damaged, with sprinkles of messed-upness.

          • Hammersteyn

            I do have a need to be loved, I love myself daily

          • Yes me two

          • PurplePariah

            Twice a day? dude. There aren’t enough pink ponies on earth for that.

          • You sure?

          • PurplePariah

            No. Ponies are your thing. I’m just hoping there aren’t, because one is too much already.

          • Original Heretic

            Now why are you telling everyone this? Unless you’re the epitome of Aphrodite-hotness, I don’t want to know such things.

          • Hammersteyn

            Because this thread has all the wrong things in it already. One more couldn’t hurt

          • Hammersteyn

            DAAAAAAWWWWWWW

          • PurplePariah

            Aren’t these reserved for ION… Oh wait.

          • Now you made me sad 🙁

          • Hammersteyn

            🙁

          • Hammersteyn

            Too soon

          • Original Heretic

            Pariah just went and scored…a critical hit.

          • Hammersteyn

            Hahahaha!

          • dude. why

          • 4pm to 5pm seems so long these days…

          • I know right 🙁

          • Original Heretic

            It doesn’t have ALL the wrong things….YET!

            Now you’ve made me want to speak about wrong things.

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

          • Dresden

            Messed-up(voted)ness

          • PurplePariah

            I just can’t help but upvote a good troll. Professional courtesy and all that.

          • Almost at 100 comments. My work is not yet done.

          • I was pretty surprised myself xD

          • Admiral Chief

            ^^^THIS^^^

        • Hammersteyn

          Tom Cruise has had a few decent movies. Twilight made me hate vampires… then again those weren’t vampires. I don’t care what people say. Vampires do not glitter in the sunlight. They erupt into a flaming mass that should have been Twilight’s script

          • PurplePariah

            Once upon a time, Bella was eaten by a real vampire and Twilight was never written.

          • MonsterCheddar

            That sounds dirty.

          • PurplePariah

            It has the word Twilight in it. Of course it does.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Yes, lets leave it there and pretend that’s why.

      • The best character was Katy (or whatever her name was) and she appeared in the movie like 3 times. Beginning, bringing the dog home and the end.

        The main characters, the animals, were…. bland…. Except the cat. Because the cat was an A class A-Hole.

        • And yet I will end up watching it anyway, because I have an addiction to animation movies…

          • Hammersteyn

            Same here. don’t even care if I’m judged

          • MonsterCheddar

            Me neither.

          • My kid has a fascination with it so I’ve seen it a gazzilion times

          • I have a fascination with wreck it ralph. I have watched it an unhealthy amount of times.

          • But Wreck it Ralph is awesome. So all good

          • PurplePariah

            I have to ask. Princess Unikitty?

          • No this is Fluffles from pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows.

          • PurplePariah

            I was asking if you liked the character. I think the pink is eroding your capacity to reason.

            😀

          • Now I am off on a google adventure.

          • Hammersteyn
          • Hammersteyn

            Awesome movie

          • Original Heretic

            I can relate.

        • Lu

          *Chloe. And yeah that pretty much was the most accurate depiction of a cat in any movie I’ve seen.

    • Hammersteyn

      There were one or two good parts, but Zootopia was infinitely better

    • miaau

      yeah, me too. Was weak.

    • Admiral Chief

      Ditto, mediocre at best.
      90% of the movie’s awesomeness was in the trailer

  • Hammersteyn

    I hate Minions

    • So does the Honest Movie trailer guy xD

      • Hammersteyn

        They’re irritating AF

  • PurplePariah

    Ps, why no mention of Storks. Best animation 2016. Screw these guys.

    • Hammersteyn

      Best part of the movie

      • PurplePariah

        WOLF PACK!!!!

        • Hammersteyn

          Tastes like flowers!
          *licking sounds

          • PurplePariah

            I AGREE I AGREE I AGREE I AGREE!

            Ah man.

          • Hammersteyn

            So good!

  • Original Heretic

    As someone who has to watch animated movies countless times with my 2yr old lad, I am truly thankful for the high quality they are producing these days.

  • Dresden

    Haven’t seen one of these movies. Mind you, I haven’t even seen Despicable Me or Minions.
    …I don’t watch a lot of movies 🙁

    • PurplePariah

      You’re not missing that much. Although saying that – watch Storks.

  • CodeDisQus

    Sing was AWeSOME!! Glad we are getting more awesome quality animations!

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