With Dreamworks’ ‘The Croods’ setting the bar for 2013’s future animated features, here’s a little preview of what’s instore for the rest of the year. Featuring mostly sequels and a couple of brand new franchises, this list looks very promising, with huge names filling in for the voice cast.

Despicable Me 2

Starring: Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove and Steve Coogan.

More hilarious minions, Gru, the girls, more weapons and new characters return for what can only be one of the funniest animated films out this year. The first was brilliant in its own right, what will part two have installed for us?

Monsters University

Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina and Sean P. Hayes.

Another sequel, coming from Disney’s Pixar, Monsters University goes back to the early years of when Mike and Sulley were at university, but they weren’t best friends just yet.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Revenge of the Leftovers

Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews and James Caan.

The first instalment saw Flint Lockwood make this crazy machine that turned the weather into food. This time around, he’s working at the Live Corp Company, but is then forced to quickly leave because his old school machine is still working and is concocting weird food-animal type hybrids, hence the awesome title ‘Revenge of the Leftovers’.


Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Amanda Seyfried, Pitbull, Beyonce, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell and Christoph Waltz.

After the great success of Rio and the Ice Age franchise, Blue Sky has pulled out of the bag a brand new animation. Epic follows the story of a teenage girl who finds herself transported into a deep forest where a battle between the good and evil is occurring. This leads her to pull together a group of great characters to save not only their world, but ours.


Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez and Maya Rudolph.

A normal garden snail has a huge dream of becoming the fastest snail in the world and to win the Indy 500, however after a freak accident, his dreams may just be about to come true.


Starring: Dane Cook, Jon Cryer, Priyanka Chopra and Carlso Alazraqui.

Not a Pixar film, but still in the Disney franchise, Planes is a spin off to Pixar’s ‘Cars’, but obviously this time about Planes. This follows a young crop duster called Dusty who dreams about competing in a famous aerial race, however, he’s afraid of heights… funny right?

The Smurfs 2

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Alan Cumming, Christina Ricci, Katy Perry and Hank Azaria.

After their awesome success, The Smurfs are back with another adventure to keep us entertained. Smurfette has been kidnapped by Gargamel because of her knowledge about a spell that can turn his newest, evil creation, the Naughties, into real Smurfs. The Smurfs must team up with their human friends to try and rescue her before she becomes a member of the Naughties.


Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Johnathan Groff.

Disney has had this under the covers for a while, not releasing much about it either (no trailer as of yet) but is set to be released sometime at the end of the year. Frozen is about a mountain climber and a young girl named Anna who are making the journey through the snow and dangerous cliffs to get to the Snow Queen to make her end the awful winter prophecy that has taken over their kingdom.