Warner Animation Group

The Warner Animation Group (WAG) is an American animation studio that is the feature animation division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. 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. The entity is also a sister animation studio of the regular animation studio Warner Bros. Animation. Its first film The Lego Movie was released on February 7, 2014 and its latest release was Tom & Jerry on February 26, 2021; their upcoming slate of projects includes Space Jam: A New Legacy on July 16, 2021, DC Super Pets on May 20, 2022, and Coyote vs. Acme on July 21, 2023. Films produced by WAG have grossed a total of $1.4 billion at the box office.

Warner Animation Group
Motion pictures
PredecessorWarner Bros. Feature Animation (1994–2004)
FoundedJanuary 7, 2013 (January 7, 2013)
FounderJeff Robinov
Key people
Allison Abbate
(Executive Vice President)
Chris Leahy
(Senior Vice President)
ProductsAnimated films
OwnerWarnerMedia Studios & Networks
ParentWarner Bros. Pictures Group
(Warner Bros. Entertainment)


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.[1] The group includes John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Nicholas Stoller, Jared Stern, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.[1] Warner Bros. created the group with the hope that the box office reception of their films will be competitive with other animation studios' releases.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3][4] On December 14, 2017, Warner Bros. announced Allison Abbate had been named Executive Vice President, and Chris Leahy has been named Senior Vice President.[5]

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 to fail to recoup its budget.[6][7]

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.[8][9]

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 but only grossed around $192.3 million worldwide, almost barely recouping its budget and becoming the studio and franchise's second box office disappointment.[10][11][12]

In October 2019, Locksmith Animation formed a multi-year production deal with Warner Bros., which will distribute Locksmith's films.[13]

An animated reboot of the Scooby-Doo film series titled Scoob! was initially set for a theatrical release on May 15, 2020,[14] but then it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[15] On April 21, 2020 it was announced that it would instead go to video on demand in response to the pandemic.[16] 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.[17] It was met with negative reception from critics, and is the company's first film to have met so, despite positive reviews from audiences.

Upcoming releases

Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James, is scheduled for release on July 16, 2021.[18]

An animated film based on the Legion of Super-Pets titled DC Super Pets is scheduled for release on May 20, 2022.[19]

WAG's third live-action/animation hybrid, a Wile E. Coyote film titled Coyote vs. Acme, will be released on July 21, 2023.[20] The film will be directed by Dave Green and produced by Chris DeFaria and James Gunn.[20]

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.[21]


Similar to Sony Pictures Animation and Paramount Animation, WAG outsources their animated films' production to other studios, such as Animal Logic (The Lego Movie franchise and DC Super Pets), 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 and Scoob!, cost $99 million and $90 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".[22]


Released films

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation services Notes Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1The Lego Movie[S]February 7, 2014Village Roadshow Pictures
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Vertigo Entertainment
Lin Pictures
Animal Logic[S]$60–65 million$469 million96%83
2StorksSeptember 23, 2016RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Stoller Global Solutions (uncredited)
Sony Pictures Imageworks$70 million$183.3 million66%56
3The Lego Batman MovieFebruary 10, 2017DC Entertainment
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Lord Miller Productions
Vertigo Entertainment
Lin Pictures
Animal Logic$80 million$312 million90%75
4The Lego Ninjago Movie[S]September 22, 2017RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Lego System A/S
Vertigo Entertainment
Lord Miller Productions
Lin Pictures
[S]$70 million$123 million56%55
5SmallfootSeptember 28, 2018Zaftig FilmsSony Pictures Imageworks$80 million$214 million76%60
6The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part[S]February 8, 2019Lego System A/S
Vertigo Entertainment
Lord Miller Productions
Animal Logic[S]$99 million$192.3 million84%65
7Scoob!May 15, 2020[nb 1]N/AReel FX Creative Studios$90 million[26]$24.9 million47%43
8Tom & Jerry[S]February 26, 2021Turner Entertainment (uncredited)
The Story Company
Framestore[S]$79 million$66.9 million25%33
  1. Released on Premium VOD in the United States and Canada in lieu of a planned theatrical release on this date,[23] and later released in theaters in select countries with relaxed COVID-19 restrictions beginning July 8, 2020.[24][25]

Upcoming films

# Title Release date Co-production with Animation services Notes Current Production Status Ref(s)
9Space Jam: A New Legacy[S]July 16, 2021[18]SpringHill EntertainmentIndustrial Light & Magic[S]Post-production[27][28][29][30][31]
10DC Super PetsMay 20, 2022[19]DC EntertainmentAnimal Logic[32]Pre-production[33][34]
11Coyote vs. Acme[S] July 21, 2023[20]Two Monkeys, A Goat and Another, Dead, Monkey[20] N/A [S] [35][36]

S Combines live-action with animation.

Films in development

Title Ref(s)
Funko [37][38]
Meet The Beatles [39]
Toto [40]
The Flintstones [41]
The Ice Dragon [42]
The Jetsons [41][43]
Wacky Races [41]
Zero [44]
The Cat in the Hat [45][46]
Thing One and Thing Two [45]
Oh, the Places You'll Go! [45]

Short films

# Title Release date Type of short
1Enter the NinjagoJune 17, 2014Direct-to-video short
2The Lego Movie: 4D - A New AdventureJanuary 29, 20164D attraction
3The MasterSeptember 23, 2016Theatrical short
4Pigeon Toady's Guide to Your New BabyDecember 6, 2016Direct-to-video short
5Dark HoserJune 13, 2017
6Batman is Just Not That Into You
7Cooking with Alfred
8Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?
9Shark E. Shark in "Which Way to the Ocean?"December 19, 2017
10Zane's Stand Up Promo
11Turkish Airlines: Safety Video with The LEGO Movie CharactersAugust 1, 2018Internet short
12Emmet's Holiday PartyDecember 10, 2018
13Super SoozieDecember 11, 2018Direct-to-video short
14"Everything is Awesome" Dance Together Music VideoJanuary 8, 2019Internet short


Title Films TV Seasons First release Latest release
The Lego Movie 4 3 February 7, 2014 August 27, 2020


See also


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