Movies, commonly known as films or motion pictures, are series of images run through a projector and shown on a screen in a cinema. Here's how the filmmaking process works:

  1. A studio creates ideas for the upcoming film and/or buys the rights for other people's ideas.
  2. The screenplay for that upcoming film is written.
  3. Preparations for the film are made, such as hiring cast and crew members, selecting the locations for the film, and building the sets.
  4. Raw elements of the film are recorded.
  5. The studio will then edit the recorded parts of the film, and include special effects if necessary.
  6. Sound effects and the score (music you hear) are added.
  7. When the film is finished, it will be shown in cinemas, air on television, or get released directly to home video.

Usually during steps 5-6 of the filmmaking process, the public will get to see posters and theatrical trailers advertising the film as a coming attraction. Such advertisements appear about 2-4 months before the film is released. Sometimes, a film can also have a teaser version of those things, which often appear around one year before the film's release date.

The Silent Era (1894-1929)

Before the 1930s, many films released in cinemas back then were silent films, most of them also in black and white, while all others were in Sepia Tone. Films like these would just have music playing in the background, and the characters' voices cannot be heard. However, after the character is finished speaking, his/her dialogue may appear as a title card.

Some notable silent films include Ben-Hur (1925), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), and The Wizard of Oz (1925).

The Sound Era (1929-1950s)

During this era, all films were still presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio and with monaural sound, but now contained hearable dialogue from the characters, thus removing the dialogue's title cards. Within this era, Walt Disney's first feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, released on December 21, 1937, became a huge success, and Disney made more films since then.

CinemaScope Era (1953-1967)

Created by 20th Century Fox, the CinemaScope format, allowed films to have an image aspect ratio of up to 2.66:1. One example is Ben-Hur (1959), which was actually made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

Simultaneously, a "Golden Age" for films outside of North America began, mostly in Asian countries.

First Hollywood Era (1968-1984)

In this era, films gradually began to contain more explicit content, such as violence, sex, nudity, language, etc., and at that time, a rating system was established by the Motion Picture Association of America. Some films also began moving the credits from the beginning to the end of themselves, thus renaming them as "end credits".

Second Hollywood era (1985-2005)

During this era, newer films were released with stereophonic or Dolby Surround sound, and on few occasions, older films were re-released in theaters with remastered video and audio. When the 2000s decade began, select films were upgraded into IMAX format, then later to 3D. Until 1989, films designed for family audiences were almost always rated G by the MPAA, when by then, PG-rated movies also gained popularity for families, and due to that rise, since 2009, only one or no G rated films were released in theaters.

3D era (2005-present)

In this era, more films gradually began being released in both 2D and 3D formats. For example, Disney films were shown as "Disney Digital 3D" since 2005, starting with Chicken Little.

List of 75 films from 2009–2019

Throughout the years, films were delayed or moved forward to different dates, usually because of their production time. This chart only applies to films during the era of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and only comprises of films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Sony Pictures Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Illumination Entertainment, Paramount Animation, and Warner Animation Group (with the exception of a few late films from Paramount and Warner Bros.'s old animation studios, and the My Little Pony film).

October 1, 2008 – present
1.png Up May 29, 2009
2.png Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs July 1, 2009
3.png Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs September 18, 2009
4.png The Princess and the Frog December 11, 2009
(formerly December 25, 2009)
5.png Toy Story 3 June 18, 2010
November 7, 2008 – December 12, 2008
6.png The Smurfs December 17, 2010
December 12, 2008 – present
6.png Despicable Me July 9, 2010
December 12, 2008 – September 11, 2009
7.png The Smurfs December 17, 2010
8.png Rapunzel late 2010
July 15, 2009 – September 11, 2009
9.png I Hop March 4, 2011
10.png Rango March 18, 2011
11.png Rio April 8, 2011
12.png Cars 2 June 24, 2011
July 15, 2009 – November 3, 2009
13.png Hotel Transylvania September 30, 2011
August 7, 2009 – November 3, 2009
14.png Arthur Christmas November 11, 2011
15.png Happy Feet Two November 18, 2011
16.png The Bear and the Bow late 2011
August 7, 2009 – March 5, 2010
17.png The Lorax March 2, 2012
18.png "Newt" June 2012
September 11, 2009 – present
7.png Rapunzel (later retitled "Tangled") November 24, 2010
September 11, 2009 – December 17, 2009
8.png I Hop March 4, 2011
9.png Rango March 18, 2011
December 17, 2009 – present
8.png Rango March 4, 2011
9.png I Hop (later retitled "Hop") April 1, 2011
September 11, 2009 – present
10.png Rio April 15, 2011
11.png Cars 2 June 24, 2011
12.png The Smurfs July 29, 2011
November 3, 2009 – September 16, 2010
13.png Arthur Christmas November 11, 2011
14.png Happy Feet Two November 18, 2010
November 3, 2009 – April 22, 2010
15.png The Bear and the Bow late 2011
March 5, 2010 – April 22, 2010
16.png The Adventures of Tintin December 23, 2011
April 22, 2010 – present
15.png The Adventures of Tintin December 23, 2011
April 22, 2010 – May 6, 2010
16.png Hotel Transylvania February 17, 2012
17.png The Lorax March 2, 2012
18.png Brave (formerly "The Bear and the Bow") June 15, 2012
May 6, 2010 – present
16.png The Lorax March 2, 2012
May 6, 2010 – October 14, 2010
17.png Brave June 15, 2012
18.png Ice Age: Continental Drift July 13, 2012
19.png Hotel Transylvania September 21, 2012
20.png Monsters, Inc. 2 (replaced "Newt") November 2, 2012
May 13, 2010 – October 14, 2010
21.png Reboot Ralph March 22, 2013
22.png Despicable Me 2 TBA 2013
October 14, 2010 – present
17.png The Pirates! Band of Misfits April 27, 2012
18.png Brave June 22, 2012
19.png Ice Age: Continental Drift July 13, 2012
20.png Hotel Transylvania September 28, 2012
October 14, 2010 – April 4, 2011
21.png Monsters, Inc. 2 November 2, 2012
22.png Reboot Ralph March 22, 2013
23.png Despicable Me 2 TBA 2013
April 4, 2011 – present
21.png Reboot Ralph (later retitled "Wreck-It Ralph") November 2, 2012
July 29, 2011 – present
22.png Leafmen (later retitled "Epic") May 24, 2013
23.png Monsters University
(formerly Monsters, Inc. 2)
June 21, 2013
24.png Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013
25.png The Smurfs 2 July 31, 2013
December 22, 2011 – October 15, 2012
26.png Frozen November 27, 2013
March 9, 2012 – October 15, 2012
27.png Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers February 7, 2014
April 23, 2012 – present
28.png The Lego Movie February 28, 2014
(moved up to February 7)
June 10, 2012 – present
29.png Rio 2 April 11, 2014
June 10, 2012 – September 20, 2013
30.png The Good Dinosaur May 30, 2014
June 10, 2012 – August 1, 2013
31.png The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 TBA 2014
June 28, 2012 – August 1, 2013
32.png Big Hero 6
(untitled until May 2013)
November 7, 2014
August 22, 2012 – August 1, 2013
33.png Minions December 19, 2014
February 27, 2013 – August 1, 2013
34.png Annie December 25, 2014
August 1, 2013 – September 20, 2013
31.png Big Hero 6 November 7, 2014
32.png Minions December 19, 2014
33.png Annie December 25, 2014
34.png The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 February 13, 2015
35.png Monster Trucks May 29, 2015
September 20, 2013 – present
30.png Big Hero 6 November 7, 2014
31.png Annie December 19, 2014
32.png The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water February 6, 2015
September 20, 2013 – January 26, 2015
33.png Monster Trucks May 29, 2015
34.png Inside Out June 19, 2015
35.png Minions July 10, 2015
September 20, 2013 – May 1, 2014
36.png The Smurfs 3 July 24, 2015
August 14, 2015
37.png Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015
38.png The Peanuts Movie November 6, 2015
39.png The Good Dinosaur November 25, 2015
40.png Storks TBA 2015
41.png Illumination film about pets February 12, 2016
42.png Zootopia March 4, 2016
43.png Finding Dory June 17, 2016
44.png Angry Birds July 1, 2016
December 20, 2013 – May 1, 2014
45.png Ice Age 5 July 15, 2016
May 1, 2014 – January 26, 2015
36.png Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015
37.png The Peanuts Movie November 6, 2015
38.png The Good Dinosaur November 25, 2015
39.png Storks TBA 2015
May 1, 2014 – April 16, 2015
40.png Illumination film about pets February 12, 2016
41.png Zootopia March 4, 2016
May 1, 2014 – December 22, 2014
42.png Finding Dory June 17, 2016
43.png Angry Birds July 1, 2016
December 22, 2014 – April 16, 2015
42.png The Angry Birds Movie
(formerly just "Angry Birds")
May 20, 2016
43.png Finding Dory June 17, 2016
May 1, 2014 – April 20, 2015
44.png Ice Age 5 July 15, 2016
May 1, 2014 – March 25, 2015
45.png New Smurfs film (replaced The Smurfs 3) August 5, 2016
May 20, 2014 – March 25, 2015
46.png "Ninjago" September 23, 2016
47.png Moana
(officially announced on October 20, 2014)
November 23, 2016
48.png Illumination film #7 December 21, 2016
49.png Smallfoot February 10, 2017
(at the earliest)
March 25, 2015 – April 20, 2015
45.png "Ninjago" September 23, 2016
46.png Moana November 23, 2016
47.png Illumination film #7 December 21, 2016
48.png Smallfoot February 10, 2017
(at the earliest)
49.png New Smurfs film March 31, 2017
May 20, 2014 – April 20, 2015
50.png Ferdinand April 7, 2017
51.png 2nd Lego film May 26, 2017
May 20, 2014 – November 6, 2014
52.png La Día de los Muertos, Cars 3, or Incredibles 2 June 16, 2017
November 6, 2014 – April 20, 2015
52.png Toy Story 4 June 16, 2017
May 20, 2014 – April 20, 2015
53.png Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017
September 2, 2014 – April 20, 2015
54.png Sony Pictures Animation film
(possibly "The Lamb")
September 22, 2017
55.png How the Grinch Stole Christmas November 17, 2017
56.png La Día de los Muertos, Cars 3, or Incredibles 2 November 22, 2017
57.png New Scooby-Doo film February 9, 2018
(at the earliest)
January 26, 2015 – present
33.png Inside Out June 19, 2015
34.png Minions July 10, 2015
35.png Hotel Transylvania 2 September 25, 2015
36.png The Peanuts Movie November 6, 2015
37.png The Good Dinosaur November 25, 2015
January 26, 2015 – April 20, 2015
38.png Storks TBA 2015
39.png Monster Trucks December 25, 2015
April 20, 2015 – May 5, 2015
38.png Monster Trucks December 25, 2015
39.png Zootopia March 4, 2016
May 5, 2015 – present
38.png Zootopia March 4, 2016
May 5, 2015 – November 10, 2015
39.png Monster Trucks March 18, 2016
April 20, 2015 – November 10, 2015
40.png The Angry Birds Movie May 20, 2016
41.png Finding Dory June 17, 2016
42.png The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016
(formerly February 12, 2016)
43.png Ice Age: Collision Course (Ice Age 5) July 22, 2016
44.png Storks September 23, 2016
(formerly in 2015)
45.png Moana November 23, 2016
46.png Illumination film #7 December 21, 2016
November 10, 2015 – present
39.png The Angry Birds Movie May 20, 2016
40.png Finding Dory June 17, 2016
41.png The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016
42.png Ice Age: Collision Course July 22, 2016
43.png Storks September 23, 2016
44.png Moana November 23, 2016
45.png Illumination film #7 (later titled "Sing") December 21, 2016
46.png Monster Trucks January 13, 2017
April 20, 2015 – present
47.png The Lego Batman Movie (2nd lego film) February 10, 2017
48.png Smurfs: The Lost Village March 31, 2017
April 7, 2017
April 20, 2015 – February 29, 2016
49.png The Story of Ferdinand
(temporary title for "Ferdinand")
April 7, 2017
April 20, 2015 – October 8, 2015
50.png Toy Story 4 June 16, 2017
October 8, 2015 – February 29, 2016
50.png Cars 3 June 16, 2017
April 20, 2015 – February 29, 2016
51.png Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017
February 29, 2016 – present
49.png Cars 3 June 16, 2017
50.png Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017
February 29, 2016 – August 6, 2016
51.png The Story of Ferdinand July 21, 2017
December 22, 2015 – August 6, 2016
52.png Emoji Movie: Express Yourself August 11, 2017
53.png The Lego Ninjago Movie September 22, 2017
54.png My Little Pony November 3, 2017
October 6, 2017
December 22, 2015 – June 7, 2016
55.png How the Grinch Stole Christmas November 17, 2017
56.png Coco (the Día de los Muertos film) November 22, 2017
57.png The Lamb December 8, 2017
58.png Sherlock Gnomes January 12, 2018
59.png Smallfoot February 9, 2018
60.png Gigantic (formerly "Giants") March 9, 2018
61.png Anubis March 23, 2018
62.png Peter Rabbit March 23, 2018
63.png The Lego Movie Sequel May 18, 2018
64.png Toy Story 4 June 15, 2018
65.png S.C.O.O.B. September 21, 2018
66.png Hotel Transylvania 3 September 21, 2018
June 7–18, 2016
55.png Coco November 22, 2017
56.png The Lamb December 8, 2017
57.png Sherlock Gnomes January 12, 2018
58.png Smallfoot February 9, 2018
59.png Gigantic March 9, 2018
60.png Anubis March 23, 2018
61.png Peter Rabbit March 23, 2018
62.png The Lego Movie Sequel May 18, 2018
63.png Toy Story 4 June 15, 2018
64.png S.C.O.O.B. September 21, 2018
65.png Hotel Transylvania 3 September 21, 2018
66.png The Grinch
(formerly "How the Grinch Stole Christmas")
November 9, 2018
June 18–30, 2016
62.png Toy Story 4 June 15, 2018
63.png S.C.O.O.B. September 21, 2018
64.png Hotel Transylvania 3 September 21, 2018
65.png The Grinch
(formerly "How the Grinch Stole Christmas")
November 9, 2018
66.png Frozen 2 or Wreck-It Ralph 2 November 21, 2018
67.png Animated Spider-Man film December 21, 2018
68.png Pigeon Impossible January 18, 2019
69.png The Lego Movie Sequel February 8, 2019
June 30, 2016 –
59.png Wreck-It Ralph 2 March 9, 2018
March 27, 2018 – present
65.png The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part February 8, 2019
66.png Wonder Park March 15, 2019
March 27, 2018 – May 5, 2018
67.png Spies in Disguise April 19, 2019
With 20th Century Fox gone up for bids between Disney and Comcast,
this film is delisted as of May 2018.
May 5, 2018 – present
67.png The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019
68.png Toy Story 4 June 21, 2019
69.png The Angry Birds Movie 2 September 20, 2019
August 16, 2019
70.png Frozen 2 November 27, 2019
(moved up to November 22)
May 5, 2018 – September 19, 2019
71.png Peter Rabbit 2 (last film announced)
December 19, 2017 – September 19, 2019
72.png "Suburban fantasy world" film
December 19, 2017 – February 2, 2019
73.png Scooby
74.png Minions 2
75.png The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 3
September 19, 2019 – present
71.png Onward (the "suburban fantasy world" film)
72.png Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
February 2, 2019 – present
73.png Scoob!
74.png The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
75.png Minions: The Rise of Gru
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