Best Animated Films of 2013: Updated with preview and trailer for Pixar's new movie, "Planes"


Looks like that time of year is upon us again where I churn out another series of preview hubs for my readers. Like Last year, these preview hubs will be divided up into categories by the genre of the film they happen to fall into.

For those unfamiliar with how I conduct these preview hubs, then I'll give you the low down on it first. Basically, I just provide the readers with cast and crew information on the film; along with a release date. However, some of these film will have trailers attached while others won't because they're not available at the moment. But, readers can be assured that I will be updating these hubs frequently throughout the year, to include the trailers as they become more available.

Having said all that, the release dates are subject to change, so please be sure to check your local listings, and thank you all for your time.

Update 1: According to various sources, Disney pulled the plug on the 3-d release of the "Little Mermaid" due to the low box office numbers of "Finding Nemo", "Monsters Inc.", and "Beauty and the Beast" 3-d re releases.

Monsters University

Director: Dan Scanlon

Writers: N/A

Voice Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Joel Murray, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Jeff Pidgeon, Peter Sohn

Synopsis: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at the University of Fear -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Release Date: June 21, 2013

The Croods

Directors: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders

Writers: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders

Voice Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman

Synopsis: The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.

Release Date: March 22, 2013

Despicable Me 2

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Writers: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

Voice Cast: Al Pacino, Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Moises Arias, Steve Coogan, Dana Gaier, Georgia Cook, Andre Robinson, Bailey Gambertoglio

Synopsis: Gru, the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions and a host of new characters return.

Release Date: July 3, 2013


Director: Chris Wedge

Writers: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, James V. Hart, William Joyce, Daniel Shere

Voice Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz, Emma Kenney, Blake Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Judah Friedlander, Beyonce Knowles, Pitbull, Steve Tyler, Jason Sudeikis

Synopsis: A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours.

Release Date: May 24, 2013

The Smurfs 2

Director: Raja Gosnell

Writers: Karey Kirkpatrick, David Ronn, Jay Scherick, J. David Stem, David N. Weiss

Voice Cast: Anton Yelchin, Christina Ricci, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Katy Perry, George Lopez, Jonathan Winters, J.B. Smoove, John Oliver

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara, Brendan Gleeson, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, Mylène Dinh-Robic

Synopsis: The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation - creatures called the Naughties - into real Smurfs.

Release Date: July 31, 2013


Director: David Soren

Writers: David Soren, Robert D. Siegel, Darren Lemke

Voice Cast: Snoop Dog, Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Keon Jeong, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Ryan Reynolds, Michelle Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Pena, Aidan Andrews, Aaron Berger, James Pasierbowicz

Synopsis: A garden snail with dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world experiences a freak accident that might just allow him to realize his goal.

Release Date: July 19, 2013

Escape From Planet Earth

Director: Cal Brunker

Writers: Cal Brunker, Bob Barlen, Cory Edwards, Tony Leech

Voice Cast: Brendan Frasier, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Lynch, James Gandolfini, Kaitlin Olson, Rob Corddry, Paul Reubens, Craig Robinson, Gregg Binkley, Joshua Rush, Lucy Davenport, Megan Hollingshead, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Cooper Barnes, Tim Dadabo, Krizia Bajos

Synopsis: Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.

Release Date: February 14, 2013

Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers

Directors: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn

Writers: Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett, John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein

Voice Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Faris, Terry Crews, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Kristen Schaal, Benjamin Bratt, Will Forte

Synopsis: This follow-up to 2009's "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" will follow Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and his friends, who are forced to leave their hometown of Swallow Falls. They must return to save the day when it is discovered that "sentient food beasts" have taken over the island.

Release Date: September 27, 2013


Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

Writers: Hans Christian Andersen, Shane Morris, Jennifer Lee

Voice Cast: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff

Synopsis: A mountain climber and a young girl named Anna journey through snowy peaks and dangerous cliffs to find the legendary Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter prophecy that has fallen over their kingdom.

Release Date: November 27, 2013

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Director: Rob Minkoff

Writers: Craig Wright, Ted Key

Voice Cast: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Ellie Kemper, Allison Janney, Karan Brar, Stephen Tobolowsky, Joshua Rush, Adam Alexi-Malle, James Pasierbowicz

Synopsis: A young boy and his dog, who happens to have a genius-level IQ, spring into action when their time-travel machine is stolen and moments in history begin to be changed.

Release Date: November 1, 2013

Postman Pat: The Movie- You Know You're The One

Director: Mike Disa

Writers: Nicole Dubuc, Kim Fuller, Annika Bluhm

Voice Cast: David Tennant, Rupert Grint, Jim Broadbent, Robin Atkin Downes, Stephen Mangan, Peter Woodward, Enn Reitel, Sandra Teles

Synopsis: A veteran postman finds his beliefs challenged after he enters a TV talent show competition.

Release Date: November 27, 2013

Walking with Dinosaurs 3-D

Directors: Neil Nightingale, Barry Cook

Writers: John Collee, Theodore Thomas

Cast: N/A

Synopsis: Two brothers wanting to follow in their father's footsteps leads to a showdown in the Arctic North. Live action 3D shoot in Alaska and New Zealand.

Release Date: December 20, 2013

California Dreamers

Director: Jay Segura

Writers: Adam Hennessey, Eric McCollum, Adolfo Quinones, Jay Segura

Voice Cast: Jay Segura, Adolfo Quinones, Kurtis Blow, Melle Mel, Eric McCollum, Eric Martinez, Timothy Solomon, Crazy Legs, Straphanio "Shonnie" Solomon

Synopsis: California Dreamers is an epic animated adventure that tells the story of a bird and cat that leave their home Russia to seek the American dream. The pair makes their way to Long Beach, CA and quickly learn that the dream can sometimes be a nightmare as they are captured and imprisoned by the LYFE (Live Young Forever) Corporation, a cosmetics manufacturer that secretly tests its products on animals in its laboratory. Though the pair initially clashes with the animals bred at the LYFE Corp, they realize they are not so different after all and they befriend the other captive animals in the LYFE laboratory. After a failed escape attempt, street animals from Venice Beach, CA band together to attempt a daring rescue of all of the animals trapped in the LYFE Corp. The film celebrates hip-hop music and street dancing and unites legendary pioneers from the east and west coast such as Kurtis Blow, The Force MDs, DJ Joe Cooley, Chris The Glove Taylor, J.J. Fad, King-T and many more. Also featured are the talents of original Locker, Shabba-Doo (Breakin, Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo), Timothy Popin' Pete Solomon (The Electric Boogaloos) as "Pete the Kat," Richard "Crazy Legs" Colón (Rock Steady Crew) as "Legs," Stefan "Mr. Wiggles" (RSC/EB's) Clemente, and Shonie Boog (The EB's) as "Kopy Kat.

Release Date: December 25, 2013


Director: Michael Sporn

Writer: Maxine Fisher

Voice Cast: Alfred Molina, Joanna Scanlan, Mark Somen

Synopsis: A biography of Edgar Allan Poe wraps around four of his most famous tales and several of his poems.

Release Date: June 6, 2013

Del Rio

Directors: Brett Celestre, Matthew Celestre

Writers: Brett Celestre, Matthew Celestre

Voice Cast: Corey Duffel, Joel Jutagir, Jesse Gale

Synopsis: As an extravagant locomotive, the Loxodonta Express, navigates through carrying a prosperous assortment of passengers and wealth; their destination will collide with the horrific dangers that unknowingly lay directly in their path.

Release Date: November 10, 2013


Director: Tom Walsh

Writers: Tom Walsh, Jeffrey Delman

Voice Cast: N/A

Synopsis: When the mother of two kids has to go away on business trip , the kids are left to stay with their grandmother who lives in a fantasy world like no one has ever seen before.

Release Date: December 7, 2013

From Up on Poppy Hill

Director: Goro Miyazaki

Writers: Tetsurô Sayama, Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa, Chizuru Takahashi

Japanese Voice Cast: Masami Nagasawa, Junichi Okada, Keiko Takeshita, Yuriko Ishida, Rumi Hiiragi, Jun Fubuki, Takashi Naitô, Shunsuke Kazama, Nao Ohmori, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruka Shiraishi, Tsubasa Kobayashi, Aoi Teshima, Goro Miyazaki

U.S. Voice Cast: Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Jeff Dunham, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Isabelle Fuhrman, Chris Noth, Raymond Ochoa, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Jake Steinfeld, Anton Yelchin, Alex Wolff

Synopsis: A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Release Date: March 15, 2013 (New York City, New York)


Director: Klay Hall

Writer(s): N/A

Voice Cast: Jon Cryer, Carlos Alazraqui

Synopsis: An animated adventure that follows a young crop-duster named Dusty as he looks to compete in a perilous around-the-world race.

Release Date: August 9, 2013

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Castlepaloma 3 years ago from Saskatchewan, Canada

So many good animated films this year and so many that I have not seen

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Same here. It's nice to see another cartoon out there besides myself. Hopefully you liked the hub, and happy new year in case I don't see you. :)

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Castlepaloma 3 years ago from Saskatchewan, Canada

My daughter is an animator/artist in Quebec. Maybe some day soon we will see her work here, we will keep in touch.

Happy days,

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Happy days to you too. Hopefully i'll get a chance to review some of her work someday. What are some of the animated projects has she worked on out of curiosity?

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Castlepaloma 3 years ago from Saskatchewan, Canada

Kinda like South Park style with more class, on the sick side yet so true.

She has not got it all together yet, but when she does, look out.

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

That sounds very promising. Hopefully someday her work will be released in the US, as I'd love to see them. You must be very proud of her. :)

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Castlepaloma 3 years ago from Saskatchewan, Canada

Her art is way beyond my art at her age, lots more serious fun to come

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

That's pretty cool.

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Madison22 3 years ago from NYC

You did an awesome job! Elaborate and inviting. Thanks!

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Thanks. I'm glad you liked it. :)

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