Over the years, animated movies have really upped their game. What was once an outlet considered just for children has now become something adults enjoy as well. From computerized animation to three dimension computer graphics, from the voices of A-list recognizable actors, to clever jokes only the mature will get, modern day animated movies truly are fun for the young and the young at heart alike.
Not all animated productions are worth anticipating: some are simply better than others. The following is a guide to the most anticipated animated movies to come in 2014.
Rio 2 is scheduled to be released on April 11, 2014. This adventure-comedy will combine music with 3D. The film is the sequel to 2011’s Rio, and refers to the city in which the plot takes place: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The actors scheduled to lend their voices include Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Anne Hathaway, and Leslie Mann. Rio 2 is sure to be a colorful comedic romp, just like the first installment.
Phineas and Ferb
Mickey Mouse and friends may no longer dominate the cartoon world, but you won’t find many animated movie lists that don’t include something from the Walt Disney Company. In a 2010 Los Angeles Times article, the show Phineas and Ferb was referred to as “Disney’s next big marketing vehicle.” So far, this seems to be true: a Phineas and Ferb movie is scheduled for release in 2014. This movie will follow the hijinks and adventures of stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb as they embark on new projects and bother their overbearing sister.
The Nut Job
The Nut Job is scheduled for release January 17, 2014. With characters voiced by Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, and Brendan Fraser, this movie will tell the tale (or tail) of a squirrel banished from his park. After being forced into the big city, he takes residence and solace inside a nut store.
The Addams Family
The Addams Family has been well represented in Hollywood. From the original series to the feature length films, chances are you can’t help but snap your fingers whenever the theme song plays. Now the cult classic is returning in animated form. Set for release sometime in 2014, this movie will focus on the original drawings by Charles Adams. Tim Burton is rumored to be involved as writer, producer, and, possibly, director.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
After the success of the first How to Drain Your Dragon, 20th Century Fox announced a sequel. The second movie, set for release on June 20, 2014, focuses on the friendship of boy turned teenager Hiccup and his dragon companion, Toothless. The voices behind the characters include America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, TJ Miller, and Kristen Wiig.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
20th Century Fox also announced a March 7, 2014 release date of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, a pair of scientists anyone who watched The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show will remember. The plot will focus on the pair and the misadventures that happen when they abuse the use of their time travel machine. The actors signed on include Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, and Ty Burrell.
While it may be too early to start buttering popcorn and pouring sodas, 2014 is set to be a great year for animation fans. The above films simply give you a preview of the animated awesomeness yet to come.
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