News

11 Must-See Animated Shows This Spring and Summer

Tangled and Marvel movies get TV series, Ducktales reboot, Bojack Horseman and Archer return.

by | March 24, 2017 | Comments

 

No longer just fodder for Saturday mornings or weekday afternoons, animation dominates television now at every hour of the day. Whether it’s Fox’s Sunday-night lineup, the Disney Channel’s daytime programming, or Netflix shows you can stream 24/7, it can be overwhelming for animation connoisseurs to take it all in.

Rotten Tomatoes is here to help with this guide to 10 animated series on the air this spring and summer, including continuations of kids’ movies, reboots of childhood classics, and even some great options for grown-ups.


KONG: KING OF THE APES: SEASON 2

What It’s About: After Kong and his human friend Lukas fall into a volcano, they discover even more prehistoric creatures living beneath it.

Voiced By: Alessandro Juliani, Lee Tockar, Viv Leacock, Shannon Chan-Kent, Vincent Tong, Tabitha St. Germain

Where to Watch: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: This family-friendly version of King Kong provides a less scary alternative to Kong: Skull Island in theaters.

Fun Fact: Executive Producer Avi Arad is also responsible for bringing the first wave of Marvel movies to the screen, including X-Men and Spider-Man.

Kong: King of the Apes at Netflix (release date to be announced)


WATERSHIP DOWN

What It’s About: Based on Richard Adams’ novel about a group of rabbits who try to build a new home, but end up in battle.

Voiced By: Gemma Arterton, John Boyega, Mackenzie Crook, Freddie Fox, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, James McAvoy

Where to Watch: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: Visionary director Noam Murro has four parts to tell this complete epic tale (tail?)!

Fun Fact: Sawyer was reading a paperback copy of the book on Lost.

Watership Down  at Netflix (release date to be announced)


SAMURAI JACK: SEASON 5

Samurai Jack season 5 on Adult Swim’s Toonami Block

What It’s About: 50 years after his last adventure, Jack is still looking for a way home and trying to find a way to defeat Aku.

Voiced By: Phil LaMarr, Greg Baldwin, Grey DeLisle, Sab Shimono, Lauren Tom, Tom Kenny

Where to Watch: Adult Swim

Why You Should Watch: After 13 years, the Samurai Jack saga finally gets the conclusion it deserves. Read Rotten Tomatoes’ interview with creator Genndy Tartakovsky and Phil LaMarr here.

Fun Fact: Tartakovsky came up with this idea eight years ago but was busy making feature films until Adult Swim was ready to revisit Samurai Jack.

Samurai Jack new episodes Saturdays at 11 p.m. as part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block


ROCKET AND GROOT

What It’s About: Two of the Guardians of the Galaxy have their own adventures in a series of shorts as they try to earn enough credits to buy a new ship.

Voiced By: Trevor Devall, Kevin Michael Richardson

Where to Watch: Disney XD

Why You Should Watch: They’re less than 2 minutes each, and they’ll tide you over until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out.

Fun Fact: Animation studio Passion Pictures also animated the 2011 Oscar-winning short The Lost Thing.

Rocket and Groot shorts are available on Disney XD’s YouTube Channel; all 12 shorts air April 10 at 7 a.m. on  Disney XD


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: SEASON 2

What It’s About: Marvel’s intergalactic space heroes return for a second season of family-friendly adventures.

Voiced By: Will Friedle, Trevor Devall, Kevin Michael Richardson, Vanessa Marshall, David Sobolov

Where to Watch: Disney XD

Why You Should Watch: The Guardians meet The Avengers this season!

Fun Fact: I am Groot!

Guardians of the Galaxy air Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Disney XD


IMAGINARY MARY

What It’s About: Grown up Alice (Jenna Elfman) gets a visit from her childhood imaginary friend Mary, a computer-animated character only Alice can see and hear.

Voiced By: Rachel Dratch as the voice of Mary.

Where to Watch: ABC

Why You Should Watch: Elfman’s return to TV comedy is a must see with or without an animated costar!

Fun Fact: This is the second version of Mary the creators developed. After the first pilot, they redesigned her to be warmer and cuter.

Imaginary Mary premieres March 29 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC


ARCHER: SEASON 8

What It’s About: Sterling Archer takes a trip back in time to solve a film-noir style murder in 1947 Los Angeles.

Voiced By: H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, Adam Reed, Lucky Yates

Where to Watch: FXX

Why You Should Watch: Archer is still funny after seven seasons, and seasons like Archer Vice show that new genres only make it funnier.

Fun Fact: Creator Adam Reed told the Murmur podcast he’d planned to end Archer after season 8, but will now make two more short seasons to end after 10.

Archer premieres April 5 at 10 p.m. on FXX


DUCKTALES

What’s It About: Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie have Indiana Jones–like epic adventures with Scrooge McDuck.

Voiced By: David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan, Kate Micucci, Beck Bennett, Toks Olagundoye

Where to Watch: Disney XD

Why You Should Watch: If you grew up with the original version of this show in the ’90s, that’s why. If this is new to you, how about a former Doctor Who as the voice of Scrooge.

Fun Fact: Disney XD has already ordered a second season of DuckTales before it’s even aired.

Ducktales will air on Disney XD  (release date to be announced)


TANGLED: THE SERIES

What It’s About: After returning to her parents and kingdom, Rapunzel sets off for new adventures with Flynn Rider before she takes the throne.

Voiced By: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Eden Espinosa, Julie Bowen, Clancy Brown

Where to Watch: Disney Channel

Why You Should Watch: It’s the sequel to Tangled! Plus, Disney has a good track record with series based on their movies: Aladdin, Emperor’s New School, and The Lion Guard to name a few.

Fun Fact: Alan Menken and Glenn Slater are back to write new songs for Tangled: The Series.

Tangled: The Series new episodes air Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on Disney Channel


BOJACK HORSEMAN: SEASON 4

What It’s About: Bojack is a has-been celebrity in a world of animal ad human movie stars. Season 4 plans to explore Bojack’s past more deeply than ever before.

Voiced By: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins

Where to Watch: Netflix

Why You Should Watch: The first three seasons have only gotten funnier and more profound.

Fun Fact: You can actually visit the Tumblr of season 3 restaurant critic Samantha.

Bojack Horseman at Netflix (release date to be announced)


SuperMansion: Season 2

What It’s About: Titanium Rex leads a group of superheroes who are totally not The Justice League or The Avengers at all.

Voiced By: Bryan Cranston, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jillian Bell, Keegan-Michael Key, Tucker Gilmore, Zeb Wells, Tom Root, Heidi Gardner

Where to Watch: Crackle

Why You Should Watch: A Community reunion of voices Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash.

Fun Fact: Cranston produces Supermansion with the creators and animators of Robot Chicken, who are able to make the characters look more realistic than the “action figures” of Robot Chicken.

SuperMansion‘s new episodes are unleashed Thursdays on Crackle

Tag Cloud

A24 American Society of Cinematographers Classic Film First Reviews CW Seed comic Pixar Ghostbusters ghosts Turner Classic Movies VICE Holidays Emmys AMC New York Comic Con crime thriller Apple TV+ Valentine's Day RT History spider-man Turner Winter TV DGA ITV docudrama psychological thriller Election disaster political drama psycho Sci-Fi Anna Paquin ABC Pirates First Look 2020 Trailer NYCC Brie Larson Shudder dramedy X-Men Winners crime drama diversity tv talk Animation talk show 24 frames hispanic Mary Poppins Returns discovery Shondaland Rocky 45 blockbuster miniseries Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Holiday Apple TV Plus Disney Plus Watching Series Heroines TCA name the review technology E! Esquire President Lucasfilm science fiction Netflix Christmas movies MCU Grammys Oscars batman Photos Freeform The Walking Dead Polls and Games RT21 children's TV TruTV werewolf spinoff Creative Arts Emmys Tubi sequel Comics on TV comiccon IFC Films TV robots 2016 ESPN E3 nature kids anime free movies Action Star Trek Nickelodeon mockumentary Awards Tour Character Guide Logo Amazon Prime Video Pet Sematary BET south america PaleyFest cops Academy Awards Biopics Rock Black Mirror supernatural award winner The Witch FXX PBS The CW Extras The Arrangement USA hist Music Dark Horse Comics politics mutant cancelled Britbox Showtime TLC medical drama canceled romantic comedy Spike 2017 Reality Competition Mary poppins MSNBC halloween police drama Thanksgiving indie HBO Awards Opinion Chilling Adventures of Sabrina serial killer Nat Geo Film Rocketman Certified Fresh DC Universe Ovation Mudbound Best and Worst Calendar adventure Amazon Prime TCA Winter 2020 Interview Walt Disney Pictures National Geographic Pop comics cancelled TV series christmas movies Comedy composers GIFs Countdown WarnerMedia war natural history Women's History Month true crime facebook Stephen King Disney streaming service Superheroe Cartoon Network Warner Bros. APB series Avengers Columbia Pictures Trivia Starz witnail joker green book 2015 21st Century Fox Food Network streaming Endgame zombies Hallmark period drama cars television biography transformers SundanceTV Country See It Skip It Writers Guild of America Spectrum Originals TV renewals San Diego Comic-Con stand-up comedy 007 Premiere Dates Crackle teaser NBC crossover spy thriller Vudu toy story Marvel book LGBT Chernobyl Red Carpet Paramount Network TCA 2017 Trophy Talk screen actors guild The Purge reboot Martial Arts cancelled television Box Office DC streaming service LGBTQ blaxploitation YouTube Mystery Discovery Channel Quiz 2018 travel ratings CMT Film Festival singing competition Lionsgate Cannes WGN FOX El Rey Arrowverse Ellie Kemper sitcom Super Bowl thriller History Sneak Peek Paramount harry potter finale ABC Family Musical YA DC Comics spain Sundance TV SXSW independent cooking Western anthology Summer Universal Hulu Acorn TV Reality Apple casting historical drama richard e. Grant CNN Sundance Now Kids & Family Marvel Television Infographic OWN Mary Tyler Moore theme song Drama Video Games slashers boxoffice GoT zero dark thirty Family Disney revenge sports Superheroes video Fall TV unscripted Christmas Masterpiece Spring TV Teen Crunchyroll romance Bravo Baby Yoda cats dceu Tomatazos Netflix jamie lee curtis game show YouTube Red Comedy Central CBS All Access VH1 Year in Review latino renewed TV shows strong female leads dc game of thrones Star Wars cinemax HBO Max OneApp social media TCM YouTube Premium Comic Book TV Land GLAAD justice league Lifetime FX MTV Song of Ice and Fire 71st Emmy Awards Sundance Tarantino Disney Channel space doctor who TBS TIFF Peacock what to watch 20th Century Fox IFC screenings Adult Swim Amazon canceled TV shows breaking bad Mindy Kaling Sony Pictures directors elevated horror Nominations foreign spanish language Tumblr Television Academy sag awards Marathons adaptation Emmy Nominations dragons Lifetime Christmas movies aliens Schedule Podcast based on movie Syfy Pride Month Captain marvel crime rotten movies we love DirecTV TNT Disney+ Disney Plus animated USA Network binge Fantasy cults Marvel Studios A&E golden globes 2019 quibi BBC movies Musicals cartoon Elton John vampires zombie versus cancelled TV shows Epix BBC America SDCC Fox News Binge Guide Set visit Cosplay Rom-Com Horror CBS Hallmark Christmas movies Toys festivals