Soon! 20 movies to follow in 2023

***This feature originally appeared in the December 22 issue of animation magazine (No. 325)***

Interest in animated feature film projects continues to grow, so it’s never too early to get a glimpse of some of the exciting films that 2023 has in store for us. Of course, we all know the “official” release dates will change, but this list gives you a pretty good idea of ​​what to expect on the big screen next year.

The Amazing Maurice. Directed by Toby Genkel and co-directed by Florian Westermann, this adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s fantasy features an outstanding British voice cast including Hugh Laurie, Emilia Clarke, David Thewlis, Gemma Arterton, David Tennant and Hugh Bonneville. Terry Rossio (Shrek) wrote the screenplay, which follows a street cat (voiced by Laurie) as he comes up with the perfect money-making scheme involving oddly educated, talking rats. Sky Cinema/ Cantilever/Ulysses Filmproduktion/Studio Rakete/Red Star 3D; January 13 (US, Viva Kids)

Batman The Doom That Came to Gotham Comic.

Batman: Destiny That Came to Gotham. This highly anticipated DC animated film is an adaptation of the three installments otherworld Comic series by Mike Mignola (hellboy), Richard Pace, Troy Nixey and Dennis Janke, which was first published in 2000-2001. Presents Victorian-inspired visuals (similar to Gotham by Gaslight), the Warner Bros. animation feature depicts the Caped Crusader as a 1920’s crimefighter battling HP Lovecraft-inspired opponents. Warner Bros. Animation/DC Entertainment

Chicken Run Dawn of the Nugget
Chicken Run Dawn of the Nugget

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget. Directed by animation veteran Sam Fell (washed away, paranorman), this sequel to the Oscar-winning 2000 feature film finds that Ginger (now voiced by Thandiwe Newton) and her team must return to the mainland to save the other chickens from a new threat. The cast also includes Zachary Levi, Imelda Staunton, Bella Ramsey and David Bradley. Aardman/Netflix/Pathe; Nov 10

Doraemon: Nobita’s Sky Utopia. In this 42nd installment in the popular animated franchise of Fujiko F. Fujio, the time-travelling robot cat, Doraemon, his human protégé Nobita, and their friends use a time-jumping airship to find a perfect land in the sky—all of which are perfectly happy and content! Directed by Takumi Doyama from a script by Ryota Kosawa. Shin-Ei animation/Toho; March 3 (Japan)

Elementary. peter son (Partly cloudy, The good dinosaur) is directing Pixar’s 27th feature film set in a city where fire, water, land and air coexist. The plot finds a fiery young woman (Leah Lewis) and a driving man (Mamoudou Athie) discovering something elemental: how much they actually have in common. Produced by Denise Ream (cars 2, The good dinosaur). Disney/Pixar; June 16th

Ernest & Celestine 2: A Journey to Gibberitia. This sequel to the Oscar-nominated 2012 French feature film follows the central bear and mouse characters, who return to Ernest’s country to fix his broken violin, but discover that all forms of music have been banned there for many years. Director: Jean-Christophe Roger and Julien Chheng, Production: Didier Brunner, Damien Brunner (The pinnacle of the gods) and Stephan Roelants. Folivari/Mélusine/Studiocanal

High in the clouds

High in the clouds. Wirral the squirrel and his friends Froggo and Wilhamina try in this feature film directed by Timothy Reckart (Head over heels, the star), based on the children’s book by Paul McCartney, which also features music by the world-famous star. Netflix/Gaumont animation

Little Santa: Happy as he can be. Winner of the Grand Prize in Annecy, this charming 2D animated film shows how artists Jean-Jacques Sempé and René Goscinny collaborated to create the adventures of the mischievous schoolboy in 1960s Paris. The film, which will debut in France, Italy and Canada in late 2022, is directed by Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre from a screenplay by Goscinny’s daughter Anne and Michel Fessler. On classic Mediawan/Bidibul/Charades

migration. Directed by Benjamin Renner (The Big Bad Fox and Other Stories, Ernest & Celestine), with a screenplay by Mike White (The White Lotus, School of Rock), this original film follows a family of ducks as they convince their overprotective father to take the wild vacation of a lifetime. Universal/Lighting; December 22

The Monkey King. Director Anthony Stacchi (The boxing trolls, Open Session) directs this CG-animated feature about the famous Monkey King who sets out to get his stolen staff back from the Dragon King. Written by Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich (Open Session, chicken small). Featuring the voices of BD Wong, Stephanie Hsu, Jimmy O. Yang, Jo Koy, Bowen Yang, Hoon Lee and Ron Yuan. Netflix/Pearl Studio


Nimona. Nick Bruno and Troy Quane direct this adaptation of ND Stevenson’s acclaimed graphic novel, in which the teenage shapeshifter teams with falsely accused knight Ballister Boldheart to prove his innocence — despite Nimona being the “monster” Boldheart has sworn to kill. Voice actors include Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed and Eugene Lee Yang. Annapurna/DNEG Animation/Netflix

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie
PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie. Ryder and his search and rescue dog team are back in this sequel to the hit 2021 hit, as the pups gain superpowers after a magical meteor strikes Adventure City. The director of the first film, Cal Brunker, is also back for the sequel. The voice cast includes Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Dax Shephard, Yara Shahidi and Kim Kardashian. Paramount/Nickelodeon/Spin Master; 13 Oct


Banned. A teenage girl comes of age and uses her magical powers to defend her family when the opposing forces of light and dark threaten to divide her kingdom. Directed by Vicky Jenson (Shrek, shark story), with a screenplay by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin (mulan) and Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King). Featuring songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Voice actors include Rachel Zegler, Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, John Lithgow, Nathan Lane and Jenifer Lewis. Skydance Animation/Apple Original Films

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. In this sequel to the Oscar-winning 2018 film, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) experience the ever-expanding world of the Spider-Verse with new web-slinging heroes taking on a mysterious villain named Spot (Jason Schwartzman). ). Starring Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, Issa Rae as Spider-Woman and Oscar Isaac as Spider-Man 2099. Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson, written by David Callahan and produced by Phil Lord and Chris miller . Sony Pictures Animation/Marvel Ent.; 2th of June

suzume Acclaimed Japanese champion Makoto Shinkai (Your name., weathering with you) follows the adventures of 17-year-old Suzume, who discovers a mysterious door in the mountains and must find a way to prevent similar doors from causing disasters around the world. Crunchyroll and partners will roll out the film in territories around the world following its Japan debut in November. CoMix Wave/Toho/Crunchyroll/Sony/Wild Bunch

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Chaos. This seventh theatrical release from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s beloved pizza-loving crimefighters focuses on the “teenage” portion of the franchise. The CG animated image is created by Jeff Rowe (The Mitchells against the machines) and produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver. Micros/Cinesite/Paramount/Nickelodeon; 4th of August

trolls 3. The third theatrical chapter of the popular DreamWorks series hits theaters just in time for the 2023 holidays. Universal/DreamWorks; Nov 17

unicorn wars. The film by Spanish director Alberto Vázquez (Birdboy: The Forgotten Children) epic anti-war fable finds religiously fanatical teddy bears waging a bloody war against peaceful, eco-conscious unicorns. GKIDS will release the film in the US after runs in late 2022 in Spain (Barton Films) and France (Charades). Autour de Minuit/Abano/Uniko

The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Directed by Michael Horvath and Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans go! To the movies), this much-discussed feature based on the popular Nintendo game includes the voices of Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen and Kevin Michael Richardson. Lighting/Nintendo/Universal; 7th of April


Wish. Chris Buck (Frozen) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (head of the story, Raya and the last dragon) stage this musical origin story behind the famous star who fulfills all wishes. Jennifer Lee co-wrote the screenplay, which follows a bright and optimistic 17-year-old girl (Ariana Debose) as she leads a kingdom of desire against a dark force, aided by a goat named Valentino (Alan Tudyk). Disney; Nov. 22


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