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

X-Men Exclusive Video war ESPN Ovation 4/20 Year in Review Opinion twilight docuseries animated Pirates Trophy Talk adaptation name the review Valentine's Day Toys YouTube Red sequel 1990s SundanceTV Turner royal family Trailer Mudbound stand-up comedy festival Comedy Central tv talk Hallmark Christmas movies casting movies Pop TV Nominations The Walking Dead Travel Channel GIFs Peacock blockbusters Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt posters halloween breaking bad Food Network Netflix Christmas movies CNN king arthur Video Games cars TruTV TIFF biography YA BBC One heist movie japan halloween tv Super Bowl Oscars 2018 prank olympics Tomatazos harry potter boxoffice BET Awards travel Ghostbusters streaming movies Britbox foreign Shudder 90s what to watch Pride Month Writers Guild of America Sundance Now Song of Ice and Fire dark Winter TV Calendar VH1 93rd Oscars E! APB crime drama Masterpiece popular worst movies spinoff hist Endgame comedies doctor who supernatural Martial Arts medical drama TLC comics critic resources Amazon Amazon Prime Watching Series Animation spanish language feel good PlayStation sequels Apple TV+ emmy awards Music Best and Worst indiana jones Schedule Paramount Plus vampires Epix venice toy story Pixar series rotten movies we love canceled WGN mutant BAFTA Instagram Live archives book Hear Us Out Lifetime 2019 spider-verse PBS TCM australia police drama Lucasfilm laika Summer ABC Signature Pop Comic Book Crackle based on movie james bond stoner comic book movie Mary Tyler Moore Chilling Adventures of Sabrina video concert IFC lord of the rings saw razzies marvel cinematic universe Starz Television Academy Disney Channel deadpool Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sci-Fi Action Drama women south america Lifetime Christmas movies Grammys science fiction Sundance serial killer fresh Classic Film new star wars movies IMDb TV romance New York Comic Con sopranos screen actors guild crime revenge Captain marvel true crime Star Wars President spain superman TCA 2017 Rocky Comedy Funimation The Purge Mindy Kaling rt labs critics edition versus Fall TV TCA Awards Neflix cancelled BBC America Reality Competition cinemax YouTube Premium Sneak Peek History Character Guide TV 71st Emmy Awards Countdown Horror Teen french Apple TV Plus Fargo rt labs mob USA ratings Arrowverse award winner werewolf 79th Golden Globes Awards A&E ABC Musical Thanksgiving Interview slasher HBO Max singing competition Emmy Nominations king kong boxing Photos thriller Comics on TV BET 45 Spring TV asian-american crossover Adult Swim streaming strong female leads mcc Paramount Shondaland best indie miniseries hollywood The Witch rt archives San Diego Comic-Con Box Office dexter Polls and Games DC streaming service binge FOX National Geographic elevated horror CBS All Access Winners finale wonder woman 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards discovery Country composers The Academy Image Comics PaleyFest political drama scene in color Christmas Binge Guide TCA Winter 2020 mockumentary Mystery spanish Mary Poppins Returns robots Paramount Network Showtime marvel comics child's play live action Certified Fresh Quiz game of thrones die hard cancelled TV series Superheroe children's TV MTV ITV Holidays DirecTV FXX spy thriller Fox Searchlight See It Skip It Academy Awards zombies slashers Black Mirror transformers international 2015 YouTube dramedy hidden camera Infographic dragons documentaries scary Awards 21st Century Fox Awards Tour 24 frames new york Pacific Islander witnail TBS adenture japanese golden globes Lionsgate Tumblr 20th Century Fox Brie Larson Stephen King RT History basketball Spectrum Originals godzilla renewed TV shows canceled TV shows monster movies television reboot technology USA Network universal monsters Hallmark WarnerMedia zero dark thirty Creative Arts Emmys trailers kong Prime Video CMT vs. Women's History Month El Rey 2016 Nat Geo TV movies spider-man italian cats sag awards screenings aapi mission: impossible worst TCA game show ABC Family Cartoon Network Sony Pictures quibi green book kaiju cartoon young adult Esquire latino comic book movies parents LGBT DGA Superheroes AMC DC Comics justice league Syfy politics Broadway OWN comiccon Walt Disney Pictures talk show Alien diversity HBO dreamworks Amazon Prime Video toronto Bravo The Arrangement remakes hispanic FX on Hulu SDCC Cosplay Turner Classic Movies festivals NYCC Elton John Sundance TV cancelled television CW Seed DC Universe reviews ViacomCBS disaster zombie cancelled TV shows theme song ID Television Critics Association Logo nfl Kids & Family IFC Films 2020 First Look RT21 Rom-Com book adaptation black comedy NBC Marvel Studios 99% crime thriller TV One scary movies teaser sitcom social media movie Red Carpet The Walt Disney Company period drama Musicals LGBTQ FX satire facebook anime Election all-time Biopics blockbuster obituary leaderboard dogs adventure 007 GLAAD Extras jurassic park Rock Freeform 2017 Ellie Kemper comic books dceu Holiday free movies Tags: Comedy Universal Pictures Dark Horse Comics nature Universal Fox News jamie lee curtis Tarantino genre franchise news Black History Month legend Baby Yoda debate Avengers American Society of Cinematographers CBS nbcuniversal Reality batman know your critic fast and furious pirates of the caribbean anthology films Film Festival action-comedy Set visit Amazon Studios biopic HFPA SXSW Tokyo Olympics Marathons new zealand BBC Western superhero directors scorecard NBA 73rd Emmy Awards black Film First Reviews Disney Mary poppins chucky Podcast Pet Sematary trophy stop motion Legendary natural history Disney Plus TV Land OneApp Tubi documentary The CW VOD hispanic heritage month TV renewals Discovery Channel critics a nightmare on elm street target cults art house romantic comedy dc criterion Marvel Television telelvision Anna Paquin psychological thriller joker Heroines Crunchyroll Star Trek Vudu psycho blaxploitation gangster Marvel Acorn TV VICE rotten Disney streaming service A24 Fantasy richard e. Grant Family Premiere Dates 72 Emmy Awards Emmys Chernobyl 2021 HBO Go MCU MSNBC suspense Columbia Pictures independent Hulu Trivia AMC Plus golden globe awards cooking high school Rocketman christmas movies classics rom-coms historical drama ghosts kids aliens live event Apple unscripted GoT Nickelodeon Netflix video on demand Disney+ Disney Plus Cannes Wes Anderson E3 Spike sports Comic-Con@Home 2021 space docudrama Warner Bros. football cops TNT comic