FOCUS: Animation: Feature films releasing in 2023

Dicember 30, 2022
2023 will bring many very interesting animated titles, including many creative novelties and few sequels. Let's see together the most interesting announced.

The new Pixar feature also marks their return to a title that features the typical studio DNA and slightly far from the Disney indications. Directed by Peter Sohn, the 27th film produced in the Emeryville studios in California will present characters linked to the main elements of planet Earth who live together in a metropolis and, in particular, to the encounter between two of them , a girl made up of fire and a boy made up of water. The film is expected in the summer in the classic Pixar location: June.

The Magician's Elephant
We return to Australia in the ingenious Animal Logic studios, owned by Netflix for a few months [news], with a title taken from a story of Kate DiCamillo and the directorial debut of ex-DreamWorks veteran Wendy Rogers. The protagonist is Peter, a young man in search of his long lost sister named Adel, who meets a fortune teller who reveals that he must find a mysterious elephant and the magician who will summon it. News that sets Peter on a harrowing journey to complete three seemingly impossible tasks that will change the face of his city forever.

Illumination studios will return but only at Christmas with a new feature film directed by Benjamin Renner and written by Mike White (School of Rock, The White Lotus). A modern comedy that follows a family of ducks who persuade their overprotective father to take the trip of a lifetime as they head south for the winter from New England, through New York City and up to the Bahamas.

2023 should also be the year of the title taken from the homonymous work by ND Stevenson, previously in the hands of Blue Sky Studios acquired and closed by Disney, a title which is now in the hands of Netflix. Directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane and produced by DNEG Animation, it tells the story of a knight framed for a crime he didn't commit, and Nimona, a shapeshifting teenager who is the only person who can help him prove his innocence, but also the being the knight is meant to kill.

The young Skydance Animation studios present their new work directed by Vicky Jenson (Shrek, Shark Tale) and distributed exclusively by Apple. The musical follows Princess Ellian and her parents, the King and Queen, as the teenager comes of age using her magical powers to defend her family when opposing forces of light and dark threaten to tear her kingdom apart.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
After being canceled in 2022, 2023 should be the year of the release of the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the first of two planned. Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson, the film will take us even further into the multi-verse linked to the well-known Marvel character.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie
2023 will also be the year of Nintendo's debut in the animated film industry, which together with Illumination studios will bring the plumber in blue overalls to the world of Japanese video games. A story that will feature more or less all the characters seen in the numerous chapters produced for Nintendo consoles.

The eagerly awaited new work by the brilliant Japanese author and director Makoto Shinkai, already a blockbuster in his homeland, will also leave national borders. Distributed by Crunchyroll it will begin its journey in cinemas around the world from April.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
In the summer, the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles produced by Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Cinesite and Mikros Animation are also ready to return to cinemas. Little is known about the title yet, but the producers are announcing a return to the stories of the 90s.

Trolls 3
The DreamWorks Animation studios will be back in the Christmas period with a new sequel, that of the musical starring the little beings with very voluminous and colorful hair. Fifth title to receive the double sequel after the sage of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.

Under the Boardwalk
Paramount Animation studios and DNEG animation studios are the team behind the new film from David Soren (ex-DreamWorks Animation). An animated musical comedy about hermit crabs living beneath the Jersey Shore boardwalk, featuring two lovestruck crabs from different backgrounds - land crab Armen and edible crab tourist Ramona - and the tensions that build between their friends and families . The plot becomes complicated after Armen and Ramona are swept out to sea in a storm.

The return to directing of an animated feature film by Travis Knight, head of the Laika studios and their sixth production always linked to the stop-motion animation technique. Set just beyond the Portland city limits in Wildwood. A place where no one should go, which shouldn't even exist. But Prue McKeel is about to enter this enchanted wonderland. Her little brother Mac has been taken away deep into the forest and she, along with her hapless classmate Curtis, will bring him back.

During the Christmas holidays of 2023, the new work of the Disney studios will arrive which, after a few missteps, will return to its most classic genres: a musical with a saccharine story. Directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, has a story written by studio creative head Jennifer Lee (Froen) .

The Warner Bros. studios do not want to remain at the door in the animation sector and in 2023 bring to cinemas around the world the comedy set between the present and the past of ancient Egypt produced by the Spanish Core Animation. Comedy directed by newcomer Juan Jesús García Galocha which will hit the main markets from Spring.

Other titles worthy of mention:
The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, first chapter in the fantasy world invented by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Imaginary, new and awaited work of the Japanese studios Ponoc.
The sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget from the English studios Aardman Animation.

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