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2013 Animated Movie Preview

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Among the batch of animated movies heading to theaters in 2013 include a sprinkling of sequels, a snail who thinks he's a NASCAR racer, and a visit to prehistoric times featuring an all-star voice cast. The 2013 animated movie crop also brings us a genius dog and mystical trolls.

'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2'

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
© 2013 Sony Pictures Animation, Inc.

Voices By: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, and Benjamin Bratt

The Plot: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation's hit comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood's genius is finally being recognized as he's invited by his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester's right-hand-gal - and one of his greatest inventions - is Barb (a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative and likes to wear lipstick. It's always been Flint's dream to be recognized as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turns water into food) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids – “foodimals!” With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world again!

Release Date: September 27, 2013

'The Croods'

The Croods
© DreamWorks Animation

Voices By: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman

The Plot: When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family is forced to embark on an epic adventure into a pre-historic world in search of a new home. With the help of a brash, know-it-all nomad named Guy, the Croods learn to conquer their fears and discover what it takes to survive - each other.

Release Date: March 22, 2013

'Despicable Me 2'

Despicable Me 2
© Universal Pictures

Voices By: Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove

The Plot: In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

Release Date: July 3, 2013

'Epic'

Epic
© 2012Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - All Rights Reserved

Voices By: Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Johnny Knoxville, Steven Tyler, Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried, Pitbull, Aziz Ansari, Jason Sudeikis, Blake Anderson, and Judah Friedlande

The Plot: Epic reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of Ice Age and Rio, Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage 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.

Release Date: May 24, 2013

'Escape from Planet Earth'

Escape from Planet Earth
© The Weinstein Company

Voices By: Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Jessica Alba, William Shatner, and Sarah Jessica Parker

The Plot: The 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to 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, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Parker) and their adventure hungry son Kip.

Release Date: February 14, 2013

'Frozen'

Frozen
© Walt Disney Animation Studios

Voices By: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff

The Plot: From the studio behind 2010's Tangled and this year's Wreck-It Ralph, Walt Disney Animation Studios presents Frozen, the most daring comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Release Date: November 27, 2013

'Free Birds'

Voices By: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler

The Plot:  Free Birds is the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

Release Date: November 1, 2013

'Khumba'

Khumba
© Triggerfish Animation Studios

Voices By: Jake T Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Catherine Tate, and Loretta Devine

The Plot: When a half-striped zebra is blamed for the drought he leaves his herd in search of his missing stripes. He is joined on his quest by an overprotective, sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant, neurotic ostrich, and defeats the sadistic leopard who has been terrorizing all the animals of the Karoo.

It's not all black and white in this colorful adventure with a difference!

Release Date: September 8, 2013

'Monsters University'

Monsters University
© Disney/Pixar

Voices By: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, and Julia Sweeney

The Plot: Mike Wazowski (Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (Goodman) are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Release Date: June 21, 2013

'Planes'

Planes
© DisneyToon Studios

Voices By: Jon Cryer and Carlos Alazraqui

The Plot: Dusty lives in the small town of Propwash Junction, and the single-prop agriculture plane could not be further from the lean, mean, trophy-winning machines he idolizes - and his co-workers remind him constantly. His mentor Skipper is convinced that Dusty has the engine to compete with the best, and helps encourage him to pursue his lifelong dreams. But if Dusty wants to make his dreams a reality, he?ll need to push himself further than he ever imagined. With the help and support of a crew of all-new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life.

Release Date: August 9, 2013

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