To Be Seen in ’14

While ev­ery­one is look­ing back at the an­i­mated movies of 2013, we’re keep­ing our eyes peeled for the goods in store for us next year. Here are some of the big an­i­mated treats we’ll all be talk­ing about in 2014.

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While ev­ery­one is look­ing back at the an­i­mated movies of 2013, we’re keep­ing our eyes peeled for the goods in store for us next year. Here are some of the big an­i­mated treats we’ll all be talk­ing about in 2014.

The Nut Job (Open Road). Di­rected by Peter Lepe­ni­o­tis, this first an­i­mated ar­rival of the year fea­tures the voices of Will Ar­nett, Kather­ine Heigl, Liam Nee­son and Brenda Fraser and cen­ters on the mis­ad­ven­tures of a street­wise squir­rel and his rat buddy who de­cide to rob a ma­jor nut store. A ToonBox/ Red Rover pro­duc­tion. Jan. 17

The Lego Movie (Warner Bros.). The hi­lar­i­ous writer/di­rec­tor duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller ( Cloudy with a Chance of Meat­balls) are be­hind this CG/stop-mo­tion pic about a reg­u­lar guy (Chris Pratt) who is mis­taken for Mas­ter Builder, the one who can save the Lego universe. With Mor­gan Free­man as the old mys­tic Vitru­vius, El­iz­a­beth Banks as the tough young lady Lucy, Will Ar­nett as Bat­man and Will Fer­rel as the evil Lord Busi­ness. Feb. 7

Mr. Pe­abody & Sher­man (Fox/ DreamWorks). Rob Minkoff, the man who di­rected The Lion King and Stuart Lit­tle, is look­ing af­ter the much-loved Jay Ward char­ac­ters, who man­age to travel through time and find them­selves in all kinds of fun adventures. We have a feel­ing this 3-D, CGan­i­mated fea­ture is go­ing to be one of the high­lights of our spring. With the voices of Ty Bur­rell, Max Charles, Stephen Col­bert, Ariel Win­ter, Leslie Mann and (!) Mel Brooks. March 7

Rio 2 (Fox/ Blue Sky). Blue, Jewel and their three kids leave Rio for an ad­ven­ture in the heart of the Ama­zon rain­for­est in this col­or­ful se­quel, which is again di­rected and co-writ­ten by Car­los Sal­danha. Jesse Eisen­berg, Anne Hath­away, Leslie Mann, Ge­orge Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Andy Gar­cia and will.i.am are all part of the mul­ti­cul­tural voice cast. April 11

Le­gends of Oz: Dorothy’s Re­turn (Sum­mer­time/ Prana). We’ve been wait­ing a few years for this mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Roger S. Baum’s se­quel to the beloved Amer­i­can clas­sic. Di­rected by Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre, the movie sports a great voice cast, in­clud­ing Pa­trick Stewart, Hugh Dancy, Me­gan Hilty, Ber­nadette Peters, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Kenny, Martin Short and Lea Michelle (as Dorothy). May 9

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Fox/ DreamWorks). The se­quel to DreamWorks’ Os­car-nom­i­nated in­stant clas­sic from 2009 prom­ises to be one of the year’s top cin­e­matic high­lights. Based on Cres­sida Cow­ell’s books, the sec­ond in the tril­ogy is writ­ten and di­rected by Dean De­Blois and show­cases the voices of Jay Baruchel, Ger­ard But­ler, Craig Fer­gu­son, Amer­ica Fer­rera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Kris­ten Wiig and Christo­pher Mintz-Plasse. June 13

The Box­trolls. (Fo­cus/ LAIKA) The Port­land stop-mo­tion stu­dio that gave us Co­ra­line and ParaNor­man serves up another highly orig­i­nal, off­beat film—this time about a young boy raised by sewer-dwelling crea­tures, based on Alan Snow’s book Here Be Mon­sters! Di­rected by Gra­ham Annable and An­thony Stac­chi, the film fea­tures a stellar voice cast in­clud­ing Si­mon Pegg, Elle Fan­ning, Nick Frost, Ben Kings­ley and Toni Co­lette. Sep. 26

Book of Life (Fox/ Reel FX). Ta­lented toon meis­ter Jorge Gu­tier­rez (Nick’s El Ti­gre) co-wrote and di­rects this muchan­tic­i­pated movie, which is de­scribed as a Romeo and Juliet type story set against the Dia de los Muer­tos Mex­i­can hol­i­day. Guillermo del Toro is exec pro­duc­ing this highly orig­i­nal ven­ture, which show­cases the voices of Chan­ning Ta­tum, Zoe Sal­dana, Diego Luna, Christina Ap­ple­gate, Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo and Ron Perl­man. Oct. 17

Big Hero 6 (Dis­ney/ Mar­vel). Set in the me­trop­o­lis of San Fran­sokyo, this first Mar­vel/ Dis­ney an­i­mated fea­ture cen­ters on on a young prodigy named Hiro Ha­mada and his ro­bot Bay­max, and their team of in­ex­pe­ri­enced crime fight­ers, which in­cludes Wasabi No-Gin­ger, Honey Le­mon, GoGo To­mago and Fred! Don Hall ( Win­nie the Pooh) di­rects with a script by Jor­dan Roberts. Voice cast has been un­der wraps! Nov. 7

Home (Fox/ DreamWorks). For­merly known as Happy Smek­day, this adap­ta­tion of Adam Rex’s book is set on Earth af­ter a takeover by an overly op­ti­mistic alien race called the Boov. A re­source­ful girl named Tip (Ri­hanna) and a ban­ished alien named Oh (Jim Par­sons) find a way to avoid cap­ture by join­ing forces. With Jen­nifer Lopez as Tip’s mom and Steve Martin as Boov leader Cap­tain Smek. Tim John­son di­rects the highly imag­i­na­tive 3-D movie. Nov. 26

The Can­ter­ville Ghost (Arc Pro­duc­tions). For­mer com­edy part­ners Stephen Fry and Hugh Lau­rie re­united again to voice this new CG-an­i­mated adap­ta­tion of the Os­car Wilde story. Pro­duced by Lon­don’s Mel­moth Films and an­i­mated at Toronto’s Arc Pro­duc­tion, the movie cen­ters on a fam­ily that moves into a house haunted by a tor­mented ghost, and whose daugh­ter forms a friend­ship with the spirit. Kim Burdon di­rects the CG-an­i­mated pic, which will have a score by En­nio Mor­ri­cone. Hol­i­days 2014

Song of the Sea (Car­toon Sa­loon/Cel­lu­loid Dreams).The bril­liant folks at Ire­land’s Car­toon Sa­loon are busy work­ing on their long-an­tic­i­pated fol­low-up to their Os­car-nom­i­nated, 2009 pic The Se­cret of Kells. Di­rected by Tomm Moore, this beau­ti­ful, 2D an­i­mated tale is also in­spired by Ir­ish folk­lore, cen­ter­ing on the leg­end of the Selkis, mag­i­cal crea­tures that are part seal, part hu­man. The sto­ry­line re­volves around brother and sis­ter Ben and Saoirse, who are forced to leave their coastal home to live with their grand­mother in the city fol­low­ing their mother’s mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance. Voice cast in­cludes David Rawle ( Moone Boy), Lisa Han­ni­gan, Fion­nula Flana­gan and Jon Kenny. Fourth Quar­ter of 2014

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