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Warner Animation Group (WAG) is an American animated film production company that is the feature animation label of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which is part of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Established on January 7, 2013, the studio is the successor to the dissolved 2D traditional hand-drawn animation studio Warner Bros. Feature Animation, which shut down in 2004, and is also a sister to the regular Warner Bros. Animation studio.

Its first film, The Lego Movie, was released on February 7, 2014, and its most recent film was Space Jam: A New Legacy on July 16, 2021; their upcoming slate of films includes DC League of Super-Pets on May 20, 2022, and Coyote vs. Acme on July 21, 2023. Films produced by WAG have grossed a total of $1.7 billion at the box office.

History

On January 7, 2013, Jeff Robinov (then 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. The group includes John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Nicholas Stoller, Jared Stern, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Warner Bros. created the group with the hope that the box office reception of their films will be competitive with other animation studios' releases.

On February 7, 2014, Warner Animation Group released their first film, The Lego Movie, a film animated by Animal Logic, which also provided the animation for both spinoffs. It was met with positive reviews and proved to be a box office success.

WAG's second film, Storks, was released September 23, 2016. It received mixed reviews from critics.

On February 10, 2017, Warner Animation Group released The Lego Batman Movie, which received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success. On December 14, 2017, Warner Bros. announced Allison Abbate had been named Executive Vice President, and Chris Leahy has been named Senior Vice President.

The Lego Ninjago Movie, based on the Lego Ninjago toys, was released on September 22, 2017. Upon release, the film was met with mixed reviews from critics and became the first film from the studio and franchise to fail to recoup its budget.

Smallfoot, released September 28, 2018, earned a 75% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with mostly positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $214 million worldwide.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, a sequel to The Lego Movie, was released February 8, 2019 and earned an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with generally positive reviews from critics but only grossed around $192.3 million worldwide, almost barely recouping its budget and becoming the studio and franchise's second box office disappointment.

In October 2019, Locksmith Animation formed a multi-year production deal with Warner Bros., which will distribute Locksmith's films.

An animated reboot of the Scooby-Doo film series titled Scoob! was initially set for a theatrical release on May 15, 2020, but then it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 21, 2020 it was announced that it would instead go to video on demand in response to the pandemic. It received mixed reviews from critics.

A live action/animated film based on Tom & Jerry was released internationally on February 11, 2021 and on February 26 in the United States in theaters and HBO Max simultaneously, which also debuted the company's new logo to match with the design of the new shield logo that Warner Bros. debuted back in November 2019. Just like its regular WB logo, which was revamped earlier that year with Locked Down, it is made by Devastudios, with clouds created using Terragen. It received mostly negative reviews from critics.

Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James, was released on July 16, 2021, and was the first film from Warner Animation Group to incorporate traditional animation. It also received mostly negative reviews from critics.

Upcoming releases

An animated film based on the Legion of Super-Pets titled DC League of Super-Pets is scheduled for release on May 20, 2022.

WAG's third live-action/animation hybrid, a Wile E. Coyote film titled Coyote vs. Acme, will be released on July 21, 2023. The film will be directed by Dave Green and produced by Chris DeFaria and James Gunn.

A musical feature adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's children's book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story Of The Wizard Of Oz began animation production in February 2021. It is being directed by Alex Timbers, from a screenplay by John August, and produced by Derek Frey.

Production

Similar to Disney's 20th Century Animation, Universal's DreamWorks Animation and Illumination, Paramount Animation and Sony Pictures Animation, WAG outsources their animated films' production to other studios, such as Animal Logic (The Lego Movie franchise, DC's League of Super-Pets and Toto), Sony Pictures Imageworks (Storks and Smallfoot), Reel FX Creative Studios (Scoob!), Framestore (Tom & Jerry) and Industrial Light & Magic (Space Jam: A New Legacy).

The budgets for their films tend to range within $60–80 million. Their most expensive films to date, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Scoob! and Space Jam: A New Legacy, cost $99 million, $90 million and $150 million respectively.

The screenplay department 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. The group is nicknamed the "think tank".

Filmography

Film Released

Upcoming Released

  • DC League of Super Pets (2022)
  • Coyote VS Acme (2023)
  • The Cat in the Hat (2024)
  • Thing One and Thing Two (2026)
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go! (2027)

Development

Title Notes
Toto
The Flintstones
Funko
The Ice Dragon
The Jetsons
Wacky Races
Zero Co-production with Imagine Entertainment
That Christmas Co-production with Locksmith Animation
Untitled Locksmith Animation original musical-comedy film Co-production with Locksmith Animation
Untitled Scoob! sequel
Untitled third Space Jam film

Short Films

# Title Release date Type of short
1 Enter the Ninjago June 17, 2014 Direct-to-video short
2 The Lego Movie: 4D - A New Adventure January 29, 2016 4D attraction
3 The Master September 23, 2016 Theatrical short
4 Pigeon Toady's Guide to Your New Baby December 6, 2016 Direct-to-video short
5 Dark Hoser June 13, 2017
6 Batman is Just Not That Into You
7 Cooking with Alfred
8 Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
9 Shark E. Shark in "Which Way to the Ocean?" December 19, 2017
10 Zane's Stand Up Promo
11 Turkish Airlines: Safety Video with The LEGO Movie Characters August 1, 2018 Internet short
12 Emmet's Holiday Party December 10, 2018
13 Super Soozie December 11, 2018 Direct-to-video short
14 "Everything is Awesome" Dance Together Music Video January 8, 2019 Internet short

Franchise

Title Films Short films TV Seasons Release dates
The Lego Movie 4 11 3 2014–2019
DC Comics 1 0 0 2017–present
Hanna-Barbera 1 0 0 2020–present
Looney Tunes 1 0 0 2021–present

Awards

The Lego Movie

Awards
Year Association Award Category Recipient (if any) Status
2015
AACTA Awards Best Visual Effects or Animation Chris McKay, Amber Naismith, Aidan Sarsfield and Grant Freckelton Won
Academy Awards Best Original Song "Everything is Awesome" written and lyrics by Shawn Patterson Nominated
American Cinema Editors Best Edited Animated Feature Film David Burrows, Chris McKay Won
42nd Annual Annie Awards Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Nominated
Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production Jayandera Danappal, Matt Ebb, Christian Epunan Hernandez, Danielle Brooks, and Raphael Gadot Nominated
Directing in an Animated Feature Production Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Directors;

Chris McKay, Co-Director

Nominated
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Grant Freckelton Nominated
Writing in an Animated Feature Production Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Won
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production David Burrows, Todd Hansen, Doug Nicholas, Jonathan Tappin and Courtney O'Brien-Brown Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Best Animated Film The Lego Movie Won
BAFTA Awards Best Animated Film The Lego Movie Won
Black Reel Awards Best Voice Performance Morgan Freeman Won
45th Annual British Academy Children's Awards Kid's Vote — Film in 2014 The Lego Movie Nominated
Children's Feature Film in 2014 The Lego Movie Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Won
Best Song "Everything Is Awesome" Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Animated Film The Lego Movie Won
Dublin Film Critics Circle Top Ten Films The Lego Movie 4th Place
Empire Awards Best Comedy Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Animated Film Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Animated Feature Film Nominated
Golden Tomato Awards 2014 Best Animated Film Won
Best Wide Release 2014 2nd Place
Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media "Everything Is Awesome" Nominated
Heartland Film Festival 2014 Truly Moving Picture Award Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Won
Houston Film Critics Society Best Animated Feature Film The Lego Movie Won
Best Original Song "Everything is Awesome" Won
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Song in an Animated Film Everything is Awesome Won
Best Original Score in an Animated Film Mark Mothersbaugh Nominated
Kerrang! Awards Best Film The Lego Movie Won
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie The Lego Movie Nominated
Favorite Movie Actor Will Arnett (also for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) Nominated
National Board of Review Best Original Screenplay Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Won
Top Ten Films The Lego Movie Won
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Animated Film The Lego Movie Won
New York Film Critics Online Best Animated Film The Lego Movie Won
Online Film Critics Society Best Picture The Lego Movie Nominated
Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Family Movie The Lego Movie Nominated
Producers Guild of America Best Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures Dan Lin Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Animated The Lego Movie Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Won
Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture Animated or Mixed Media The Lego Movie Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Nominated
Best Original Song "Everything Is Awesome" Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Animated Film The Lego Movie Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Animated Film The Lego Movie Won
16th SXSW Film Festival SXSW Film Design Award

(Special Jury Recognition)

Brian Mah (Designer) Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Animated The Lego Movie Nominated
Choice Movie: Voice Chris Pratt
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Runner-Up
13th Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Chris McKay, Amber Naismith, Jim Dodd, David Williams Nominated
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Carsten Kolve, Jayandera Danappal, Matt Ebb, Miles Green Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Won
Best Original Screenplay Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Nominated

Storks

Awards
Year Association Award Category Recipient (if any) Status
2016
Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Katie Crown Nominated
Heartland Film Festival 2016 Truly Moving Picture Award Nicholas Stoller Won
Hollywood Film Awards Hollywood Film Composer Award Mychael Danna (also for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk) Won
Village Voice Film Poll Best Animated Feature Storks Nominated

The Lego Batman Movie

Awards
Year Association Award Category Recipient (if any) Status
2017
AACTA Awards Best Sound Gregg Landaker, Rick Lisle, Wayne Pashley, Fabian Sanjurgo and Michael Semanick Nominated
Best Visual Effects or Animation Rob Coleman, Damien Gray, Miles Green, Amber Naismith and Craig Welsh
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Animated Film The Lego Batman Movie Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Animated Film Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards Best Animation/Family Won
Most Original Trailer Nominated
Heartland Film Festival Truly Moving Picture Award Chris McKay Won
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Score - Animated Film Lorne Balfe Nominated
IGN Awards Best Animated Movie The Lego Batman Movie Runner-up
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Best Comedic Performance Will Arnett Nominated
Online Film Critics Society
Best Animated Film The Lego Batman Movie
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature Chris McKay
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Will Arnett
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature The Lego Batman Movie
Best Animated Voice Performance Will Arnett
Michael Cera
2018
American Cinema Editors Best Edited Animated Feature Film David Burrows, Matt Villa and John Venzon Nominated
Annie Awards Directing in a Feature Production Chris McKay
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Zach Galifianakis
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production David Burrows, Matt Villa and John Venzon
Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Film Grant Freckelton
Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture – Animated Jason Oliver, Michael Semanick, Gregg Landaker, Wayne Pashley, Stephen Lipson and Lisa Simpson
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Animated Film Chris McKay
Empire Awards
Best Animated Film The Lego Batman Movie
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Animated Film
Golden Reel Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Animation Wayne Pashley, Rick Lisle, Fabian Sanjurjo, Andrew Miller, Mario Gabrieli, Jared Dwyer, Emma Mitchell, Nigel Christensen, Terry Rodman, Christopher S. Aud, F. Hudson Miller, Beth Bezzina, Sonal Joshi, Derryn Pasquill, Linda Yeaney, John Simpson and Will Kaplan
Golden Tomato Awards Best Animated Film The Lego Batman Movie 2nd Place
Houston Film Critics Society Best Animated Film Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Animated Film
Movieguide Awards Best Movie for Families
Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Picture Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Satellite Awards Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature The Lego Batman Movie
Visual Effects Society Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Rob Coleman, Amber Naismith, Grant Freckelton and Damien Gray

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Awards
Year Association Award Category Recipient (if any) Status
2017
16th Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Gregory Jowle, Fiona Childton, Miles Green, Kim Taylor Nominated
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Arthur Terzis, Wei Hei, Jean-Marc Ariu, Gibson Radsavanh for "Garma Mecha Man" Nominated
Matthew Everitt, Christian So, Loic Miermont, Fiona Darwin for "Garmadon" Nominated
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Kim Taylor, Angela Ensele, Felicity Coonan, Jean Pascal leBlanc for "Ninjago City" Nominated

Smallfoot

Awards
Year Association Award Category Recipient (if any) Status
2018
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Animated Feature Smallfoot Nominated
Heartland Film Festival Truly Moving Picture Award Won
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Original Score – Animated Film Heitor Pereira Nominated
Original Song – Animated Film Niall Horan Nominated
2019
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Feature Film Karey Kirkpatrick

Jason Reisig

Nominated
Best Animated Female Zendaya as Meechee Nominated
Annie Awards Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production Heitor Pereira, Karey Kirkpatrick, Wayne Kirkpatrick Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie Channing Tatum Nominated
Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie Zendaya Nominated
Yara Shahidi Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Henrik Karlsson, Theo Vandernoot, Martin Furness, Dmitriy Kolesnik Nominated

The Lego Movie 2:The Second Part

Awards
Year Association Award Category Recipient (if any) Status
2019
DiscussingFilm Critic Awards Best Animated Film The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards Best Animation/Family Nominated
International Online Cinema Awards 2019 Best Animated Film Mike Mitchell Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Family Movie The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Nominated
Best Animated Movie Star of 2019 Chris Pratt Nominated
IGN Awards Best Animated Movie The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Nominated
2020
Chicago Indie Critics Best Animated Film Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Roy Lee and Jinko Gotoh Nominated
Best Original Song Catchy Song by Jon Lajoie Nominated
Not Evil by Jon Lajoie Nominated
Golden Tomato Awards Best Animated Movie 2019 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part 4th Place
Hollywood Critics Association Best Original Song Catchy Song by Jon Lajoie Nominated
Movieguide Awards Best Movie for Families Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum Won
North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Animated Film Mike Mitchell Nominated
Visual Effects Society Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature David Burgess, Tim Smith, Mark Theriault and John Rix Nominated
SXSW Film Festival Excellence in Title Design Brain Mah Nominated
2020 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Nominated
Favorite Female Voice for an Animated Movie Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi Nominated
Favorite Male Voice for an Animated Film Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski/Rex Dangervest Nominated

Scoob!

Awards
Year Association Award Category Recipient (if any) Status
2020 People's Choice Awards Favorite Family Movie Scoob! Nominated
The Soundtrack Song of 2020 On Me (feat. Ava Max) Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown Nominated
2021 2021 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Scoob! Nominated
Music City Film Critics Association Best Animated Film Tony Cervone, Pam Coats and Allison Abbate Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Favorite Animated Movie Scoob! Nominated
SXSW Film Festival Excellence in Title Design Jon Berkowitz and Brad Colwell Nominated
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