Enthusiasm is building up as lovers of animated movies can’t wait to start seeing their favorite 2023 Most anticipated animated movie on their screens.
With new releases from the likes of Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Aardman, Netflix, and more, this is what to look forward to in 2023.
As always one genre that has simply knocked it out of the parkway is animated movies. Animated movies have returned in a big way with some utterly breathtaking films throughout the year, from Lightyear to Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, and even Bob’s Burgers.
2023 looks to keep that trend going with some exciting new releases from the likes of Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Illumination, Aardman, Netflix,x, and more.
Below are the 2023 Most anticipated Animated movies.
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget — Release Date TBD, 2023.
Over 20 years after the release of the original Chicken Run, fans of Aardman’s unique brand of quirky and sometimes irreverent humor will be champing at the bit to catch this much-anticipated sequel While James Cameron’s Avatar waited 13 years for its sequel to finally arrive, Aardman’s 2000 hit Chicken Run has waited almost 23 years to continue with its Netflix produced sequel,
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget. From Flushed Away and ParaNorman director Sam Fell, the sequel will follow Ginger and Rocky, now voiced by Thandiwe Newton and Zachary Levi respectively, as they embark on a daring mission to save all of chicken-kind from the egg-hungry appetites of the human world.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie — April 7, 2023.
After multiple delays, fans of the iconic plumbing duo can finally expect to see the movie hit the big screen on April 7, This is certainly one of the most talked-about releases of 2023.
Between the initial announcement of Illumination Entertainment tackling a feature film of Nintendo’s most iconic franchise, the casting of Chris Pratt as Mario and Teen Titans Go! creators Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath in the directors’ chairs, The Super Mario Bros. Movie quickly became a puzzlingly divisive film for hardcore fans to get excited for, even sceptical that creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s involvement could save this from becoming yet another dud for video game films.
However, those doubts quickly vanished upon the release of its first promising trailers, which unveiled the film’s incredible attention to detail, vibrant visuals, and playful approach to character that seemed to bring the world of the Mushroom Kingdom to life like never before.
Despite a few concerns regarding casting choices and the memory of the universally panned original 1993 Mario movie still burned into those unfortunate enough to see it, the well-received preview trailers have certainly got many excited.
Featuring the voices of Chris Pratt and Charlie Day as Mario and Luigi, respectively, alongside the likes of Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Keegan-Michael Key. The Super Mario Bros. Movie already appears to be one of Illumination’s most visually breathtaking productions and a benchmark in faithful video game adaptations, a far cry from the 1993 live-action film. So it’s either going to be a roaring success or another stain on one of Nintendo’s most beloved video game franchises.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie — April 7, 2023. is currently out now
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Part 1 — June 2, 2023.
2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a beautifully animated surprise hit that received universal acclaim and even went on to become the first non-Disney movie to win Academy Award for Best Animated Feature since Rango (2011) (per Variety).
Miles Morales, the intelligent and rebellious teenager of African-American and Puerto Rican descent, is quite possibly the most relatable Spider-Man to date.
After several delays, fans can now rejoice at the news that the next installment, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) has now been confirmed for release on June 2, 2023, and will be followed with a second part slated for a March 29, 2024 release.
With a Spider-Verse opened to the possibility of unlimited Spider-Men (or Women, or Pigs) in alternate dimensions, the sky is the limit on what to expect. That said, we do know that Across the Spider-Verse will focus on Morales’ relationship with Gwen Stacy / Spider-Woman as well as a Spider-Man 2099.
Elemental — June 16, 2023.
What if toys had feelings? What if cars had feelings? What if FEELINGS had feelings? Now, Pixar is giving feelings to the elements of nature itself in Elemental.
From The Good Dinosaur director Peter Sohn, Elemental will present a world where beings of fire, water, plants, air and rocks coexist in a metropolitan city known as Element City.
In That city where fire, water, land and air residents live together, a fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy are about to discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common.” It’s been reported that the plot is loosely based on director Peter Sohn’s own experience of growing up as the son of immigrants in the multicultural city of New York.
The story follows an unlikely romance between the watery Wade (Mamoudou Athie) and fiery Ember (Leah Lewis). The concept does lend itself to an allegory fit for exploring themes of racial diversity and the conflicting nature of society, similar to Disney’s Zootopia, but the animation itself already marks it as one of Pixar’s most ambitious films.
Since the boom of CGI animation over 20 years ago, elemental effects like water and fire are still considered by many computer animation studios, including Pixar, the most difficult things to render believably. Pixar making an entire world based around these kinds of effects shows that Pixar’s true knack is in how its stories help inspire breakthroughs in animation technology, and vice versa.
TMNT: Mutant Mayhem
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back again (again) with yet another new iteration. In the past decade alone, the pizza-loving brothers have had two live-action films and two separate animated television series.
Since the franchise was acquired by Viacom in 2009, Nickelodeon has made quick work of endearing the TMNT to a whole new generation and older fans alike.
What started off as a popular comic strip quickly became an uber-popular animated TV series. Since then, the world was treated to everything from countless action figures, lunch boxes, video games, and, of course, movie adaptations.
There’s been many of these over the years, and depending on the era you were raised in, there will be a different movie which resonates with you the most. Produced by Seth Rogen and directed by Gravity Falls alum and The Mitchells vs. The Machines co-director Jeff Rowe.
Mutant Mayhem may seem to poise itself to be another origin story that plays the franchise close to its roots, but promises a new vision for the turtles with a combination of 2D and 3D animation akin to Rowe’s work on Machines and a focus on the teenage side of the characters first and foremost.
Whether or not this is a turtle shell of a different colour, the film will have plenty of animated martial arts action to satisfy even the most aged TMNT fan.