Top Animated Movie Preview – 2017

Just as in previous years 2017 promises to be a huge year for popular movies, especially those that will spin-off a range of toys for kids and adults.  Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect in the Animated movie category for the coming year.

The Lego Batman Movie

lego-batman-movieThe Lego company is now pumping out movies that leverage their classic building toys.  This movie successfully mixes the action of the Batman franchise with the fun of the Lego toys.  Having been released earlier this year we already know that this movie is a big hit with kids and we can expect a range of related toys to appear in time for Christmas. (February Release)



An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina.  She flees her rural Brittany and heads for Paris where she passes for someone else and rises to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.  The talented Elle Fanning voices the lead role in this beautifully-produced tale. (March Release)

The Boss Baby


Alec Baldwin takes a break from imitating Donald Trump and plays the suit-wearing briefcase-carrying boss baby who teams up with his seven-year old brother to stop the evil plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.  Other big stars can be heard in this movie such as Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Tobey McGuire.  This already-released movie is making waves and filling the theaters. (March Release)

Smurfs: The Lost Village


The Smurfs are up to their old tricks in this adventure movie where we find Smurfette and her friends using a mysterious map to race through the Forbidden Forest towards the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.  Expect requests for lots of little blue toys this holiday season from the little ones. (April Release)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie


The books series that has been cracking up kids for years is now hitting the big screen for the very first time.  The movie features two imaginative pranksters who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a enthusiastic yet dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.  Hilarity ensues.  Real-life funny-guys Jordan Peele and Kevin Hart lead the cast of this laughter. (June Release)

Cars 3


Kids are eagerly anticipating the third installment of the movie that spawned a whole “Land” in Disney California Adventures theme park.  Lightning McQueen returns to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world. (June Release)

Despicable Me 3


They’re baaaaack.  Gru meets his twin brother Dru he never knew about. (June Release)

Blazing Samurai


Expect to hear the voices of top stars in this fun-looking movie, with the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Michael Cera, and even the fan-favorites Mel Brooks and George Takei.  A samurai hopes to make his dreams come true but he must survive challenge after challenge to defeat his enemies. (August Release)

The Nut Job 2


Will Arnett reprises his role of Surly in this sequel about how the friends try to stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a unnecessary amusement park. (August Release)

Other Movies This Fall

The Lego Ninjago Movie – Six young ninjas are tasked with defending their island home, using their skills and awesome vehicles to fight villains and monsters. (September)

My Little Pony – Follow the ponies of Ponyville on an adventure to save their home. (October)

Coco – Highly anticipated Disney Pixar release. (November)

Ferdinand – A bull with a big heart is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and torn from his home. He leads a misfit team on an adventure to help him return to his family. (December)



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Animated Movie Toys – 2016

It is now autumn of 2016 and many of the popular animated movies have come and gone, but their merchandising will live on for months or years to come.  Disney does not have a stranglehold on animation these days.  The other prominent movie studios are churning out blockbusters that compete with and often beat Disney at their own game.  The age of fantastic animation is here, and it will only get better.

Here is a rundown of some of the hottest animated movies of 2016 and a representative sample of toys spun off from those movies.

Finding Dory

At this point in the year Disney’s Finding Dory is the #1 grossing movie of 2016.  This Finding Nemo sequel focuses on the forgetful fish Dory and has become a good example of a sequel that can be as good as the original.

Finding Dory Educational Kit

Finding Dory Educational Kit

For kids this Finding Dory 4-in-1 Educational Kit looks like it will be a blast.  Designed for kids 3-8 years old this kit has games that help children develop their observational skills as well as their memory.  It might just be a great gift for fans of Dory.


The Secret Life of Pets

Using a very original premise for a movie Universal Studios created the widely popular Secret Life of Pets.  The animation in this movie is superb, which made a lot of the action in the movie almost believable. The movie was filled with many fun-loving characters, each with his or her own personality.


Secret Life of Pets Apartment Playset

The Secret Life of Pets 3-Story Apartment playset just looks so darned cute.  It includes three pet figures (Max, Gidget and Snowball) and kids will have fun pretending they are playing with the real pets themselves.  The apartments are separate and can connect together in different ways.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.


Ty Beanie Baby Chloe Plush

Ty Beanie Baby Chloe Plush

There are many adorable Secret Life of Pets figures and plushes.  We just love the attitude of Chloe – typical cat all the way.  The Chloe plush is appropriate for ages 3 years and older.


Zootopia is yet another Disney animated hit movie.  Following the theme of animal-based animated moves Zootopia follows the unlikely teamwork between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist as they investigate the disappearance of predator civilians within their metropolis.

Zootopia Police Station Playset

The Zootopia Police Station playset puts you right into the action of this animated movie.  This set is over 31 inches wide and 13 inches tall, and includes the Clawhauser figure, and a mini-helicopter with mini-Safety Squirrel figure.  There is also a mini-projector that simulates a computer monitor with 3 different images.  There is a moving elevator, working jail cell, and lots of other fun things to play with.  Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

The Angry Birds Movie

The hugely popular gaming app has been transformed into a blockbuster movie.  Usually it’s the movie that spawns other consumer products, but in this case the Angry Birds mobile game clearly spawned the movie, and fans of the game are eating it up.

LEGO Angry Birds Set

LEGO Angry Birds Building Set

This LEGO Angry Birds building set offers hours of fun.  It includes 859 pieces which includes a wide array of movie-specific accessories and figures.  It is highly-rated on Amazon, as are most LEGO building sets, and we think most kids will get a real kick out of this set.  Recommended for ages 8-14.


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The Secret Life of Pets – Hot Toys

The Secret Life of Pets is one the most widely anticipated movies of 2016.  Trailers and commercials have been playing for months, raising the excitement level in both kids and parents alike.  The premise is fantastic: What do your pets do when you leave the house for the day?  Plus add the wonderful animation and personality-filled characters, then you have a laugh-a-minute movie.

At this time the movie has just been released and has had a great opening weekend.  So although the movie is hot the hotness of the toys are not yet established, but we’ll highlight some toys we think your kids would love and adore.

Chloe Plush (and others)

(Links take you to Amazon product listings)

There are so many cute plushes, but we love the Chloe plush, the Buddy plush, and the Gidget plush.


Chloe Plush


Buddy Plush

Gidget Plush

Gidget Plush

Movie Posters

Don’t want or need a plush? Then how about a reproduction Secret Life of Pets movie poster.  These posters are not huge, but they’ll add a spice to any kid’s room. (again, links take you to Amazon)

Duke Movie Poster

Duke Movie Poster

Max Poster

Max Movie Poster


Large Wall Decal

Secret Life of Pets Decal

Secret Life of Pets Decal

This is a neat wall decal from the Secret Life of Pets.  It’s a pretty large size – about 39 inches wide.  And it has many of the characters from the movie. The decal is removable and repositionable.

Secret Life of Pets Lunch Kit

Secret Life of Pets Lunch Kit

Secret Life of Pets Lunch Kit

This Chloe lunch kit is really cute and would be a welcome gift for any Secret Life of Pets fan.


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Hot Zootopia Toys in 2016

zootopiaZootopia is the 55th animated feature movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.  The city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where animals live very productive lives. Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, and she quickly learns how difficult it will be to enforce the law.  She jumps at the chance to solve a mysterious case, but that means working with Nick Wilde, a sly fox who makes her job even harder.

This was a very popular film for Disney, and it breaks from the traditional princess-centered fairy tales that Disney is known for.  You could compare it to Bug’s Life, but the animation is much more modern and incredibly sharp.

Here are a number of Zootopia toys to keep your child’s imagination churning.

Judy’s Police Cruiser and Nick’s Convertible

Check out these cars that will keep the action going.

Zootopia - Judy's Cruiser

Zootopia – Judy’s Cruiser

The Judy Cruiser includes Judy’s Police Cruiser, an Officer Judy Hopps figure, and a Law Breaking Mouse Figure.  The wheels all turn, and the trunk even transforms into a jail cell.

Zootopia - Nick's Convertible

Zootopia – Nick’s Convertible

Nick’s convertible also comes with a Nick figure, and it comes with a parking meter.  The cars come with holes in the seats to fit the figures’ tail.  How neat!

These cars are recommended for ages 3-6 years of age (small parts warning – not for kids under 3).

Zootopia Walkie Talkies


If you want some interactive play, but you don’t want to go all out on an expensive playset, this pair of Zootopia-themed walkie talkies might just fit the bill. They are pretty basic but they have the Zootopia look, and they have flexible antennas so they won’t be easily broken.  Single push-button operation is all it takes.

Recommended for ages 3-15 years.

Zootopia Playset


Disney Zootopia Playset

This Zootopia playset has everything your kid needs.  This is an official DIsney playset, and it has 10 figures up to 4 inches tall.  The set includes:  Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Mayor Lionheart, Benjamin Clawhauser, Flash, Yak, Bellwether, Mr. Big,Baby, elephant with ice pop, and young bunny.

Recommended ages: 4 years and up


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