If you're a fan of animated films (or suffer from animation addiction like we do), then you're in luck because we've compiled a list of the top animated films that we are most excited for in 2023. From heartwarming stories to action-packed adventures, these films are sure to be hits with audiences of all ages. Without further ado, let's dive into our list of the most anticipated animated films of 2023.
In Elemental City, where people of fire, water, land, and air coexist, Pixar's 27th movie takes place. Ember, a fierce, witty, and fiery young woman, is introduced in the novel. Her friendship with Wade, a fun, sentimental, go-with-the-flow person, challenges her assumptions about the world they live in. The story of the movie was influenced by the director Peter Sohn's upbringing in the Bronx as the son of two immigrants. The film is schedule for June 16.
The Monkey King
The Monkey King has had a significant amount of behind-the-scenes turmoil over its lengthy development period. The film was once a project at Oriental Dreamworks, before that firm changed its name to the entirely Chinese-owned Pearl Studio. The Monkey King embarks on a quest to recover his staff when the Dragon King steals it, according to the official Netflix logline. But it turns out that his pride is his greatest foe. Stephen Chow, a renowned actor-writer-producer known for his work on Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, is producing the film alongside Oscar nominee Peilin Chou (Over the Moon).
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
This big-screen adaptation was written by Matthew Fogel, who also co-wrote Illumination's Minions: The Rise of Gru, and is made by Chris Meledandri and Shigeru Miyamoto. The movie's release date was postponed from this year's December to spring 2023. Although a detailed narrative has not yet been released, it is clear from the trailer that Mario will be joined by several of his video game friends on a hectic and vibrant journey in the Mushroom Kingdom.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
In the sequel to 2019's Best Animated Feature Oscar winner, Across the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales makes a triumphant comeback for an adventure that will take Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to team up with Gwen Stacy and a new group of Spider-People to battle The Spot, a villain more potent than anything they have ever faced. The first movie was vibrant, fun, smart and a breath of fresh air in this world where live action super hero movies are all the rage. This sequel looks on even par with the first one so far, and I can't wait to see more when the film arrives in 2023.
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
A group of hens attempt to infiltrate a fortress in this stop-motion sequel to the year 2000's Chicken Run. The original actors Ginger and Rocky are now joined by their daughter Molly. Original voice performers Julia Sawalha and Mel Gibson are replaced by Thandiwe Newton and Zachary Levi, although not without some controversy.
The CG animation is an homage to Disney's first 100 years and the company's "wish upon a star" motif, made popular by the song "When You Wish Upon a Star," which was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for the 1940 Pinocchio film. It is set in a land where wishes can and do come true. The musical film's original songs are being written by Julia Michaels, Jennifer Lee, head of Disney animation, is also a writer, and Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes are the producers.
Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, which is based on the Elseworlds story of the same name, sees Bruce Wayne as an intrepid traveler in 1920s Gotham City, unearths an ancient evil. Before it kills the entire globe, he must confront this terrifying creature that threatens his home. It's not a story that gets much attention, but it's one of the best Batman Elseworlds stories ever, so it's a wonderful pick for an animated film. Ra's al Ghul, Etrigan the Demon, Nightwing, Oracle, and even Mr. Freeze are among the memorable characters that viewers will meet in this movie.
And there you have it, 7 animated movies to circle on your calendar. 2022 was a mix bag for the animated film industry (looking at you Disney), but with this upcoming slate, 2023 promises to be much better.
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