When studios are planning their upcoming slate they want superheroes, big budget blockbusters with global appeal, and family movies (mainly animated films) aimed at children. New kids movies generate big business for studios, with the successful ones such as Toy Story 3 and Ice Age making north of $850 million worldwide. Even films that don’t do that well can still make billions in merchandise, as Disney/Pixar did with Cars and Cars 2.
With this in mind, lets take a look at all the new kids movies set to be released in 2013:
New Kids Movies 2013
Escape from Planet Earth – February 2013
Escape from Planet Earth will feature the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Alba, and Sofía Vergara, and takes place on planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy brother, Gary (Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. Ice Age: Continental Drift storyboard artist Cal Brunker is directing from a script he wrote, and the film will be distributed by The Weinstein Company.
Oz: The Great and Powerful – March 2013
Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man trilogy, will be taking audiences back to Oz. The prequel to The Wizard of Oz is produced by Disney, who will be hoping to replicate the success of Alice in Wonderland, and stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz.
Circus magician Oscar Diggs (Franco) thinks he’s hit the jackpot as he’s transported to the Land of Oz, but his encounters with three witches (Williams, Kunis, Weisz) and the problems facing Oz’s inhabitants encourage him to become the great wizard they’ve been expecting. It’s actually the only live-action film on this list, and is included based on the PG Rating it’s received “for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language”.
The Croods – March 2013
The Croods is a family cavemen story directed by Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps). It follows the Croods family during a previously undiscovered era known as the Croodacious – a wild environment full of amazing creatures. Their task is to find a new family cave, and they do so with the vocal talents of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Ryan Reynolds.
Epic – May 2013
20th Century Fox are behind Epic, a 3D animated feature from director Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots) which is set in a forest inhabited by tiny people. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours.
The film features the voices of Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson and Judah Friedlander.
Monsters University – June 2013
Monsters University will be the 14th animated movie produced by Pixar and is a prequel to Monsters Inc. which was released back in 2001 and made $525 million worldwide. The plot follows the origins of Mike and Sully’s relationship all the way back to their time at the University of Fear. They weren’t always the best of friends, and the film unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became professional scream catchers. John Goodman, Billy Crystal and Steve Buscemi are returning to voice their respective characters, and Cars storyboard artist Dan Scanlon will be making his feature film debut.
Despicable Me 2 – July 2013
Following the success of Despicable Me in 2010 (it made $540 million worldwide on a budget of $70 million) Universal soon put a sequel into motion with Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud both returning to direct. Story details for Despicable Me 2 haven’t been released, but Steve Carell will return as the voice of Gru and Russell Brand will also be back as his gadget man Dr. Nefario. New additions this time round include Al Pacino as Gru’s new nemesis and Steve Coogan in a role yet to be revealed.
The Smurfs 2 – July 2013
In The Smurfs 2 Gargamel creates Hackus (J. B. Smoove) and Vexy (Christina Ricci), a couple of evil Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties. Gargamel plans to harness their magical Smurf essence, but decides to kidnap Smurfette when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants. It is up to Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to the human world and rescue Smurfette.
Turbo – July 2013
Turbo, from 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks, follows a snail called Turbo who desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living. As luck would have it, he gets that chance one fateful day after a freak accident when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed. With his new abilities, Turbo hopes to achieve his dreams of being the greatest racer in the world,
Making his big screen directorial debut with Turbo is David Soren, who has previously worked on animations such as Chicken Run and Shrek. Lending their voices to the characters are Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Richard Jenkins, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader and Ken Jeong.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – September 2013
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up from where Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs left off, with Flint and his friends forced to leave the town due to the food storm. When Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons, he and his friends must return to save the world.
Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn are co-directing and the voice cast includes Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, James Caan as Tim Lockwood, Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, Neil Patrick Harris as Steve, and Benjamin Bratt as Manny.
Frozen – November 2013
Disney’s Frozen is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen and features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff. When Anna (Bell) is cursed by her estranged sister, the cold-hearted Snow Queen Elsa (Menzel), Anna’s only hope of reversing the curse is to survive a perilous but thrilling journey across an icy and unforgiving landscape. Joined by a rugged, thrill-seeking outdoorsman Kristoff (Groff), his one-antlered reindeer and a hapless snowman, Anna must race against time, conquer the elements and battle an army of frozen sinister warriors if she ever hopes to melt her frozen heart.