2012 has passed and Awards season is upon us, so we'll soon know what the critical successes of 2012 were (in terms of box-office successes, I'll refer you to someone much more knowledgeable about that than I - though what I can easily judge, is that 2012 was not a good year for stop-motion). So, now we look to the future - or, more accurately, the present - and our inner film-savant surfaces as we offer our predictions on what will be big in 2013.
Financially speaking, 2013 is sure to be the year of Pixar once again as their Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University is sure to be huge. It certainly looks hilarious enough, but there's a bit of scepticism surrounding just how well that film will hold up to the 2001 original - I have high hopes! And indeed Pixar's latest (which is released on 21st June in the US and 12th July in the UK) is my most anticipated 2013 animated release, but there's a lot to look forward to this year.
Disney's Frozen which releases towards the end of 2013 (27th November in the US; 20th December in the UK) looks beautiful and is now receiving additional direction by Wreck-It Ralph co-writer Jennifer Lee, who joins Tarzan director Chris Buck at the helm. In fact, Wreck-It Ralph is going to be a 2013 release here in the UK too (hence why we've delayed our 3rd Annual A113Animation Awards), on 8th February.
This year will see a lot of sequels too: Despicable Me 2 (28th June, UK/3rd July, US), The Smurfs 2 - ugh - (31st July, 2013), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (27th September, US/ 25th October, UK) and Disney's Cars spin-off Planes now being released theatrically (to compete with DreamWorks' Turbo: released 19th July, US and 18th October, UK) on 9th August in the US and 16th in the UK. I have varying levels of interest in those films... There's still plenty of great original films (and adaptations) coming too though and I'm particularly excited for DreamWorks' Mr. Peabody and Sherman (released 1st November, US/29th November, UK) and The Croods (22nd March), as well as Blue Sky's adaptation of William Joyce's Leaf Men book, Epic (opens 24th May).
Well, there's my verbose picks for 2013; now your turn. Which animated films are you particularly looking forward to in 2013? Comment below, and I look forward to discussing them all with you for the remainder of this year!