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If you prefer animated films with colorful scenes and cute characters than real movies and sci-fi special effects blockbusters, then this article must not be missed! Take a look at the upcoming animated movies this year with XRender.

Upcoming Animation Films in 2023

| Nimona

Time: June 30, 2023

Director: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

Production Company: Annapurna Pictures

Distributed by: Netflix

Availability: On Netflix

Nimonais an animatedscience fantasyadventurecomedy film based on thegraphic novel of the same namebyND Stevenson. "When a knight in a futuristic medieval world is framed for a crime he didn't commit, the only one who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona -- a mischievous teen who happens to be a shapeshifting creature he's sworn to destroy."

| Dragonkeeper

Time: August, 2023

Director: Salvador Simó

Production Company: Annapurna Pictures

Availability: In Theater


Dragonkeeper is a co-production animated film between official Spain and China. The story is adapted from the fantasy novel of the same name by Australian writer Carole Wilkinson. It takes the dragon-raising girl Ping who lived in ancient China as the protagonist, and tells the story of how she grows into a legendary "dragonkeeper" with the help of the dragon. To learn more about the upcoming animation, you may check another article we shared here: Dragonkeeper – The First Co-production Animated Film Between official Spain & China.

| Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Time: August 2, 2023

Director: Jeff Rowe, Kyler Spears

Production companies: Nickelodeon Movies, Point Grey Pictures

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Availability: In Theater

As another animated movie of the popular IP Ninja Turtles,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem focues more on teenage aspect of the Turtles and tells the story of four Turtle brothers who win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. They take on a mysterious crime syndicate with the help of their new friend April O’Neil, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.

The project was announced by in June 2020, and debuted as an unfinished film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 12, 2023. It is scheduled for theatrical release in the United States on August 2.

| The Monkey King

Time: August 18, 2023

Director: Anthony Stacchi

Produced by: Stephen Chow

Distributed by: Netflix

Availability: On Netflix

The Monkey King is the animated film version of "Journey to the West" legend Monkey King, Sun Wukong. Chow, when the project was first attached to Netflix, said that "The Monkey King has endured for generations with his unique character and spirit. I'm so excited to be collaborating with Tony, Peilin, and everyone at Netflix to bring this joyful tale to audiences worldwide!"

The Monkey King - Netflix

The project wasfirst announced in 2017alongside five other feature film projects from Pearl Studio. The project was thenattached to Netflix in 2021and tentatively scheduled for release in 2023.


Time: December 22, 2023

Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi

Production companies: CloverWorks, Wit Studio.

Availability: In Theater

Following the popular Japanese animated series Spy x Family,Spy x Family Code: White (劇場版 SPY×FAMILY CODE- White, Gekijō-ban Supai Famirī CODE- White?) is an upcoming anime film of the same series by Tatsuya Endo.

The project was announced on December 18, 2022, alongside the second season. The release date, December 22, 2023, was announced together with an official key visual featuring the Forgers On March 26 this year. Take a sneak peek and stay tuned for more new information with XRender.

| Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

Time: December 15, 2023

Director: Sam Fell

Production companies: Aardman Animations, Pathé, StudioCanal

Distributed by: Netflix

Availability: On Netflix

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget isaa sequel toChicken Run(2000), which made history in 2000 asthe highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, and to date, it has yet to be bested.

"Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy's farm, Ginger has finally found her dream - a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger's happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk - this time, they're breaking in." The film had a preview at theAnnecy International Animation Film Festivalon 11 June 2023 and is scheduled for release on 15 December 2023 on Netflix.

| Trolls Band Together

Time: December 17, 2023

Director: Walt Dohrn, Tim Heitz

Production Company: DreamWorks Animation

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Availability: In Theater

Trolls Band Togetheris an animated musicalcomedy filmproduced byDreamWorks Animationand distributed byUniversal Pictures. The storyserves as the sequel toTrolls World Tour(2020), and this time, Poppy and Branch are now officially, finally, a couple.

"As they grow closer, Poppy discovers that Branch has a secret past. He was once part of her favorite boyband phenomenon, BroZone, with his four brothers: Floyd, John Dory, Spruce and Clay. BroZone disbanded when Branch was still a baby, as did the family, and Branch hasn't seen his brothers since. But when Branch's bro Floyd is kidnapped for his musical talents by a pair of nefarious pop-star villains—Velvet and Veneer—Branch and Poppy embark on a harrowing and emotional journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd from a fate even worse than pop-culture obscurity."

For more upcoming animations in 2023, stay tuned with XRender!

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