Universal Pictures is bringing back “The Croods” and the musical animated-comedy “Sing.” Both animated franchises will have sequels over the next few years, and both now have release dates.

“Sing 2” hits theaters on Independence Day weekend in 2021. The film will feature Buster, Meena, Rosita, Gunter, Johnny, and Ash as they prepare for a bigger stage and a brighter spotlight. The gang is leaving the small theater and heading out to the big city in “Sing 2” in just a couple of years. Garth Jennings, the writer and director of the first film, joins Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll and Tori Kelly.

The original “Sing” opened in 2016 with a $35M opening weekend. The film went on to make over $634M for Universal Pictures worldwide.

The studio also confirmed that Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Leslie Mann, and Peter Dinklage are featured in the follow-up to the 2013 hit “The Croods.” The animated-comedy will release in December 2020, and the Croods will face their biggest threat since leaving the cave: another family. 

“The Croods” was nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2014; the movie was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

At the annual Annie Awards “The Croods” won for Animated Effects in an Animated Production; Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production, and Character Design in an Animated Feature Production. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature; Directing in an Animated Feature Production; Music in an Animated Feature Production; Production Design in an Animated Feature Production; Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production; and Editorial in an Animated Feature Production.
 
Universal Pictures is also putting together the big musical “CATS,” and a film adaptation of the musical “Wicked.”

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