The Best New Animated Films

February 28th, 2023The Best New Animated Films

2023 is finally upon us, and with every new year comes new movies to look forward to. From big movies like INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY to the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2023 is looking to be a great year for movies, and that also includes the wonderful genre of animation.

2022 had plenty of great entries into that specific realm of filmmaking, with movies such as Pixar’s LIGHTYEAR or DreamWorks’ THE BAD GUYS. Even the late 2022 entry, PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH proved to be an excellent animated movie for fans of the SHREK franchise to enjoy. 2023 has some awesome titles coming up, from ELEMENTAL to WISH. Here are the big- 2023 animated movies that are coming to AMC Theatres throughout the year.


MUMMIES is a fun adventure of three ancient Egyptian mummies who live in an underground secret city, hidden in ancient Egypt. The trio includes a princess, a former charioteer, and his younger brother, along with their pet baby crocodile. Through a series of unfortunate events, the mummies end up in present-day London and embark on a wacky and hilarious journey in search of an old ring belonging to the Royal Family, which was stolen by the ambitious archaeologist Lord Carnaby.

MUMMIES opens at select locations February 24th

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Let’s a-go! THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE is one of many movies we're really excited about in 2023, and it's coming to theatres on April 7th for video game lovers around the world to enjoy. This animated take on the famous plumber from the popular Nintendo franchise puts him up against his ultimate foil, Bowser, while Mario tries to make allies in the strange world that is the Mushroom Kingdom.

The film, co-produced with Illumination and Universal Pictures, is directed by Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, and features a ton of stars that fans might recognize such as Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad. Charles Martinet, one of the voice actors of Mario in the games, will also have a voice role in the movie.


Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

The long-awaited sequel to SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is coming, and it’s going to feature a whole new world of superheroes for fans to love. In the sequel, which opens in theatres on June 2nd, Miles, heads into the multiverse where he encounters allies and a brand new enemy that turns his life upside down.

The film will be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemo Powers and Justin K. Thompson, and will feature several actors from the first film, including Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy, Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker and more. It will also feature new additions such as Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099) and Issa Rae as Jessie Crew (Spider-Woman).



Pixar’s latest entry will be ELEMENTAL, a story involving two anthropomorphic elements named Ember and Wade in a world that is occupied by different elements. They find that they have a lot in common, but due to them being fire and water, it’s hard for them to be together.

The new animated movie, which opens in theatres on June 16th, will star Leah Lewis and Mamodou Athie in the lead voice roles, and will be directed by Peter Sohn, the same man who was behind THE GOOD DINOSAUR, and has also had voice roles in other Pixar movies like RATATOUILLE, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and LIGHTYEAR. You can read more about the movie in our ELEMENTAL guide.

 ELEMENTAL opens June 16th

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Among the movies based on comic-books headed to theatres in 2023, the heroes in a half shell are returning to the big screen in animated form with TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM. This film follows the legendary mutant brothers, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo, as they set out to be accepted as regular teenagers, but even as they learn to live a normal life, threats still wait around the corner.

Arriving in theatres on August 4th, the movie is directed by Jeff Rowe, who has worked on television shows such as “Disenchantment” and “Gravity Falls,” as well as the movie THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES.


Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie

Opening in theatres on October 13th is PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE. This film, based on the popular TV series, “Paw Patrol,” is a sequel to the 2021 movie, PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE, centering on the popular characters that kids know and love today, following the story of a meteor crashing to the ground and giving the pups superpowers, becoming the Mighty Pups.

The movie will be released by Paramount Pictures, and Cal Brunker is set to direct the sequel just as he did for the first movie. Many of the cast members haven’t been announced yet, but Taraji P. Henson is set to voice a new character in the movie, according to Deadline.

 PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE opens October 13th

Trolls 3

Another installment in a popular franchise that is coming out in 2023 is TROLLS 3. After the release of TROLLS: WORLD TOUR in 2020, the popular fuzzy musical creatures are back for their third movie, bringing back the characters that fans know and love.

The anticipated animated sequel is set to arrive in theatres on November 17th, so kids and adults alike have the latest TROLLS movie to look forward to later in the year.

TROLLS 3 opens November 17th


WISH is Disney’s new animated movie for 2023, with a release date set for November 22nd. The movie will feature a new protagonist, named Asha, who is seventeen and lives in the Kingdom of Wishes, a place where wishes really do come true, and when she makes a wish to the stars to find help, and help arrives in the form of a star, bringing a cosmic force down from the sky to her home.

Opening in theatres on November 22nd, the movie stars Academy Award® winner Ariana DeBose as Asha, and also has Alan Tudyk voicing a goat named Valentino. WISH will be directed by Chris Buck, one of the names behind the other Disney mega-hit, FROZEN, and will have songs penned by Julia Michaels. Be sure to check out AMC’s guide to WISH.

WISH opens November 22nd

With so many movies to see, fans better head to their local AMC theatres location to get first-picks for seats. It’s going to be a great 2023 with these animated movies coming out. Come back to the AMC Scene for more animated movie info

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