12 of the Best – and Most Anticipated — Animated Films of 2021

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For the last year, film lovers have been eager to head back to the movie theaters and, as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramps up, it seems this summer will allow for some sense of normalcy — at least where cinemas are concerned. However, there's also an added bonus for those of us who're enjoying the comfort of our own homes: quite a few studios are releasing 2021's blockbusters both in theaters and on streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) platforms. And, this year, some of the best films — and some of the films we're most excited to finally see — are animated features. 

From Disney's early 2021 hit Raya and the Last Dragon to the long-awaited LeBron James- and Bugs Bunny-led Space Jam 2: A New Legacy to the massively successful Demon Slayer, there are quite a few animated features to keep on your radar. Since we're just a few months into 2021, we're rounding up our favorite releases as well as the animated movies we can't wait to see.