Universal’s ‘Migration’: Expanding Animation Lead Over Disney


Universal’s upcoming animated film ‘Migration’ is set to continue the studio’s lead in the animation market, while Disney is facing challenges following a string of underperforming releases.

Universal’s Upcoming Animated Film ‘Migration’

Universal and Illuminations latest animated film ‘Migration’ tells the story of a family of ducks who embark on a journey from a New England pond to Jamaica but end up in New York City, with expectations of a $25 million domestic debut, aiming to strengthen Universal’s position in the animation market.

Disney’s Animation Decline

Disney’s recent animated film ‘Wish’ struggled to engage audiences, generating only $55.2 million domestically, while the company’s decision to focus on streaming content during the pandemic has led to a decline in box office performance. The lack of confidence from audiences and a shift in content direction have contributed to Disney’s challenges in the animation market.

Universal’s Animation Success

Illumination and DreamWorks, Universal’s animation arms, have seen success with films like ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ grossing $942 million worldwide and ‘Super Mario Bros. Movie’ surpassing $1.3 billion. Universal’s consistent focus on entertainment without overloading content has resonated well with audiences, setting the studio apart from Disney.

Franchise Strategy and Positive Reception

Universal’s focus on established characters and worlds has been well-received, with franchises like ‘Minions’ and ‘Trolls’ paving the way for the upcoming release of ‘Migration,’ building anticipation and ensuring a strong foundation for the film’s box-office performance. The positive reviews and potential audience response are expected to contribute to the long-term success of the film, potentially solidifying Universal’s position in the animation market.

Future Competition and Projections

In the face of upcoming releases such as ‘Inside Out 2’ from Disney and Pixar, Universal and Illumination’s ‘Despicable Me 4’ are set for a showdown next year. As the animation market continues to evolve, the success of ‘Migration’ could signal a turning point in the competition between Universal and Disney, while presenting opportunities for growth and expansion for Universal’s animation brand.