2014 – A Mega Year for Animated Films

Watching an animation film is always a pleasure. And there is always something to learn from it. As very aptly said by Walt Disney, "Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation." You don’t have to be a kid to watch an animation film. All you need to do is sit back with a bucket of popcorn and enjoy the show.

This year, Frozen stole the hearts of adults and kids equally with its adorable characters and the minions from Despicable Me 2 made us laugh out loud. Ironically enough, a snail got super speed in Turbo and an inanimate object such as a plane was all chatty with a goofy voice. Going for an animation film can never be a bad idea. No matter how silly the film is, you will always come out of the movie theater with a smile on your face.

If your hunger for animation is yet to be satiated, worry not, because with the year 2014, come some really awesome animation movies. Here presenting before you with great joy a list of animation movies to look forward to in the coming year:

 

THE LEGO MOVIE

 

If you loved LEGO as a kid or even if you didn’t, get ready to get LEGO-fied! Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the adventure-comedy film is scheduled for release on February 7, 2014. Featuring the voices of Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Chris Pratt, Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks, the story revolves around Emmet, a mini-figure, who is mistaken as the Master Builder. Will Emmet be able to save the LEGO universe?

 

THE WIND RISES

 

Directed by the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki comes another brilliant movie, The Wind Rises. The Japanese animated historical movie is a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the World War II fighter jets – Mitsubishi A5M and Mitsubishi A6M Zero. If you need a reason to go for this movie, you can watch Miyazaki’s previous films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo and Princess Mononoke. With some fantastic visuals and a beautiful plot, Miyazaki’s films are like dreams. The Wind Rises is all about pursuing one’s love and the fragility of humanity. A must watch.It is releasing on February 21, 2014.

 

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

 

Mr. Peabody is more than just a talking dog. He is an inventor, a business tycoon, a scientist, Nobel Laureate, gourmand and two-time Olympic medalist. Sherman is his adopted boy. Together they time-travel in the machine called WABAC. Originally a 1960s animated television series, The Rocky Bullwinkle Show, DreamWorks Animation brings a pumped-up movie. Ty Burrell of Modern Family-fame will be voicing for Mr.Peabody. With some really hilarious puns and a lot of time travel, the movie is scheduled to release on March 7, 2014.

 

RIO 2

 

Remember the 2011 movie Rio… with colorful characters, crisp animations and some awesome songs? Yup, director Carlos Saldanha is bringing back Blu and Jewel with their colorful family back to the big screens on March 20, 2014. This time the movie will take the viewers into deep jungles of the Amazon rainforests, where Blu and Jewel plan to connect their children with their roots. But danger lurks in the form of their old enemy, Nigel the Cockatoo who is back with revenge on his mind. Can Blu and Jewel defeat him this time?

 

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY RETURNS

 

As the name suggests, Dorothy will be back to Oz with her pet dog Toto. Summertime Entertainment’s 3D-animated musical, Legends Of Oz: Dorothy Returns will follow the story of Dorothy as she is taken back to Oz to help the magical creatures of Oz. And we can definitely expect some really good soundtracks with Academy Award-nominated musicians Bryan Adams and Toby Chu behind the music. You can transport yourself to Oz on May 9, 2014!

 

MALEFICENT

 

The list would be incomplete without mentioning one of the biggies of 2014 – Maleficent. The stop-action motion picture from the house of Disney, stars Angelina Jolie as the iconic villainous witch, Maleficent. The audience will get to know the dark side of the fairytale, Sleeping Beauty. Releasing on May 30, 2014 Maleficent will be a movie you just can’t afford to miss. A tale about a woman who is deliciously cruel.

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

 

Get ready to meet Viking Hiccup and the adorable dragon Toothless as DreamWorks Animation is back with its power-packed sequel to the Oscar-nominated feature film, How to Train Your Dragon (2010). More adventure… more fun … and more dragons… together the duo embark on various adventures discovering new lands and wild dragons. However, they must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the evil-hunter Drago. It is releasing on June 13, 2014.

 

PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE

 

Even though Disney’s Planes (2013) failed to charm the audience in the same way as Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011), this film’s sequel, Planes: Fire and Rescue is scheduled to release on July 18, 2014. So, what to expect from the sequel? Dusty Crophopper leaves behind his racing ambition to become a fire-fighting hero. So there will be lot of on-air action with Dusty doing some brave acts like putting out massive wildfires with the help of his brave friends – a super scooter, a heavy-lift helicopter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a bunch of all-terrain vehicles. Buckle up your seat-belts for this one!

 

THE BOXTROLLS

 

From the makers of Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012)Laika Studios – comes another 3D stop-motion animation-comedy adventure, The Boxtrolls. Based on the fantasy novel, Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, the film is directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi. The story unfolds in Cheesebridge, a Victorian-era town where the people are obsessed with wealth, class and cheese. In the town, there lives a boy named Egg who is raised by a gang of quirky foul monsters – the Boxtrolls. To mess things up, there is also a villainous pest exterminator – Archibald Snacther, voiced by Ben Kingsley. Get ready to meet this unique family on September 26, 2013.

 

BIG HERO 6

 

Inspired by Marvel comics superhero team Big 6, Walt Disney Animation Studios is bringing a 3D-animated superhero film of the same name. Based on a imaginary city of San Fransokyo, the story is about a Hiro Hamada who teams up with a group of first-time crime-fighters to save the hi-tech city from a criminal plot. Here is a teaser of the film, releasing on November 7, 2014.

Well, 2014 is not faraway and we are definitely excited! So all the animation lovers, welcome the year with a lot of smiles and laughter. It is going to be big.

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