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The Best Animated Films of 2013 

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Updated September 15, 2017 1.1k votes 196 voters 7.5k views

List of the best animated films of 2013, as ranked by film critics, movie lovers, and those in need of family entertainment. While animated films are often the surest way to entertain the whole family without worrying about inappropriate content, there aren’t always a ton of films to choose from. Animated movies are so difficult and costly to make that usually there are very few released throughout the year. However, since these movies take so much time and energy to make, it’s almost a guarantee that the film will be quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

2013 saw the release of some amazing animated films, each with unique stories and fun characters that children love. There were quite a few sequels released, including Despicable Me 2, The Smurfs 2, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Monsters University was a prequel to the much beloved Monsters Inc from over a decade before. Original animated movies like The Croods and Epic also entertained children, families, and the young at heart.

What were the best animated films of 2013? Even though there weren’t that many options to choose from, 2013’s animated movies delighted audiences from all over the world.

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Helen Mirren, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Crystal

Released: 2013

Directed by: Dan Scanlon

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Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2013

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Despicable Me 2 is a 2013 computer animated comedy film written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

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Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco

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Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Steven Tyler

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Wedge

Leaf Men is a 2013 animation film written by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, James V. Hart, William Joyce and Daniel Shere and directed by Chris Wedge.

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Ice Age: Continental Dri... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films of 2013
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Released: 2012

Directed by: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier

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Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2013

Directed by: David Soren

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Shriya Saran, Pankaj Kapur, Deepak Dobriyal

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Directed by: Vishal Bhardwaj

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The Wind Rises is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films of 2013
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Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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Cloudy with a Chance of ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films of 2013
Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, James Caan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn

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Teri Hatcher, Val Kilmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Released: 2013

Directed by: Klay Hall

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Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Christina Ricci

Released: 2013

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, Sarah Jessica Parker

Released: 2013

Directed by: Callan Brunker

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Tara Strong, Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jayson Thiessen

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