Freeform Presents An Animated Thanksgiving Weekend To Help Ease Disappointed Pixar Fans

Animation fans, rejoice. Freeform is offering up an amazing weekend of animated movies this Thanksgiving weekend featuring 11 different movies and specials from Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros., Illumination, and Laika. Whether you need to keep the kids occupied while you try to get the turkey on the table or need some soothing entertainment while you look through the Black Friday ads, you’ll find plenty of distractions in classic animation.

The news comes just days after Disney/Pixar announced the release dates for two upcoming animated movies, Toy Story 4 and a sequel to The Incredibles. On Wednesday, Disney/Pixar told fans that they will have to be a little more patient, as the fourth installment of the Toy Story series will not come to theaters until June 21, 2019. The good news is that a sequel has finally in the works for the Parr family, who will be back in action on June 15, 2018, reports Us Magazine. Still, that is a long time to wait. Until then, fans will be able to console themselves with a weekend full of other animation fun.

The animation weekend is part of Freeform’s extension to the “25 Days of Christmas” programming called “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” that runs from Thanksgiving to November 30. There is something for everyone. The special programming begins on a high note with Disney’s Mulan, the story of the brave young woman who disguises herself to look like a man so that she can take her father’s place in battle.

Other Disney animated hits to be shown include Tangled (the Rapunzel story voiced by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi), Wreck-It Ralph (one of the few movies based on video games that actually works), and Disney’s all-time classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which finishes off the weekend nicely.

Pixar will be represented well too, with Brave (about a red-haired spitfire of a girl who doesn’t want to follow her mother’s lead and with the help of a local witch, turns her into a bear, which only complicates things further), Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and the made-for-TV special Toy Story of Terror.

The weekend also includes the Freeform premiere of Laika’s stop-motion animated film The Boxtrolls. The story is about a group of trolls who live in boxes underground under the streets of the town of Cheesebridge. It’s a story of misunderstanding and forgiveness.

The remaining animation movies are Illumination’s Despicable Me (which features the voice talents of Steve Carell, Julie Andrews, Jason Segel and others) and Warner Bros. dancing penguin movie, Happy Feet 2.

The schedule of the animated fare is as follows.

Thursday, November 24
Mulan – 2:05 p.m.
Brave 4:10 p.m.
Toy Story – 6:20 p.m.
Toy Story 2 – 8:20 p.m.
Toy Story of Terror! – 10:30 p.m.

Friday, November 25
Toy Story – 4:10 p.m.
Toy Story 2 – 6:10 p.m.
Toy Story of Terror! – 8:20 p.m.
Despicable Me – 8:50 p.m.
Happy Feet 2 – 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 26
Happy Feet 2 – 9:30 a.m.
The Boxtrolls – 3:35 p.m.
Despicable Me – 5:40 p.m.
Tangled – 7:45 p.m.
Wreck-It Ralph – 9:55 p.m.

Sunday, November 27
The Boxtrolls – 1:25 p.m.
Wreck-It Ralph – 3:35 p.m.
Tangled – 5:45 p.m.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – 10:00 p.m.


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The “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” also features the following live action films: A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dennis the Menace, Little Rascals, Another Cinderella Story, Matilda, and Tooth Fairy. Then, to get you started in the Christmas mood, the event finishes off with Fred Claus, The Holiday, Scrooged, Jingle All the Way, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Deck the Halls.

For the whole schedule, visit the Freeform website.

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