Six Great Animated Films Of 2013


Animated films capture the spirit like no live action movie can with vivid colors, stylized action and lively characters. Fantastic worlds inspire the youngest minds and enliven the imagination of the oldest. Here are six of the top animated films of 2013 to bring audiences to worlds they can only dream of.

The Croods

The Croods will be one of the year’s biggest animated features depicting a fictional prehistoric era called the “Croodaceous” period. It tells the story of Eep, voiced by Emma Stone, and her family as they journey through the hilarious adventures and looming dangers in an imaginative world with the help of an ingenious cave boy.

Ernest & Celestine

This French-Belgian film is based on a series of books by the same name and is one of the few traditionally animated films this year. In a world where rodents and bears are at odds, an unlikely friendship forms between a bear, Ernest, and a mouse, Celestine. After debuting in France last year, this film is set for a 2013 release in the U.S.


Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, must journey through icy mountains with a climber, Kristoff, his one-antlered reindeer, and a goofy snowman to confront the Snow Queen and put an end to the winter curse on the kingdom—and Anna’s frozen heart. This musical comedy by Disney is loosely based on author Hans Christen Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.”

Monsters University

Billy Crystal and John Goodman return in this prequel to the popular Monsters, Inc. as Mike and Sulley, but this time, they aren’t such good friends. Embarking on their first year in college, they develop a rivalry that builds to hilarious proportions. Eventually the two settle into a true friendship.

Despicable Me 2

In this sequel to the 2010 blockbuster, Steve Carrell reprises his voice role as Gru who gives up his evil ways to join the Anti-Villain League to combat villain Eduardo, voiced by Al Pacino. Kristen Wiig voices a new character working for the Anti-Villain league, and the hilarious Minions return to provide just as much fun as they did in the original.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Lightning strikes twice in this sequel to the 2009 film based loosely on the children’s book by the same name, although this time it’s not the weather. Inventor Flint Lockwood’s machine that created the food storm has now developed mutant food animals, and it’s up to him to put a stop to the disaster he’s created.

2013 has great animated films in store, including honorable mentions Turbo, Epic, and Escape from Planet Earth. Theater goers will explore new worlds, expand their imaginations, or just go to enjoy one of these top animated films of 2013.

Technology writer Scott Wood often writes technical and educational articles like Online Animation Schools, but occasionally takes a break from the grind to sharpen his burgeoning movie critic skills.

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