Geeked About Animated Films In 2013

“The Croods.” “Planes.” “Despicable Me 2.” All three animated features are coming out this year and we won’t be writing about them below. Not because we think they’ll be bad or anything, but they just don’t get our blood pumping like some of the under-the-radar or direct-to-DVD features on the way this year. It’s a year where we’ve got a pair of animated Batman films, more anime Iron Man, the return of Detective Conan, and a pair of new movies from Studio Ghibli.

After the jump, take a look at some of the animated films of 2013 that have got us pretty Geeked.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 2 (January 29th, Warner Brothers Animation)

It was a surprise how much writer Bob Goodman was able to condense and incorporate into the first half of the animated DKR, and it was almost amazing how effectively director Jay Olivia was able to maintain the spirit of Frank Miller’s story. These direct adaptations typically don’t go well, attempting to cram hundreds of pages of story into 75 minutes–something typically gets lost.

Prediction: the movie will rise and fall on the neck snap scene.

That said, let’s see how Olivia and handle the back half of the story with the able support of actors Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, and Michael Emerson as the Joker.

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