Animation is a special breed of film, including screenwriting for animated films. Most animated films are developed in-house, and if writers are hired from outside, they are typically hired to fill an open writing assignment for a story that the studio has already developed. Nevertheless, the screenplay for an animated film is extremely important as every visual and audio element of the story has to be created essentially from nothing. To give us a better understanding how screenplays for animated films translate to the screen, we have screenplays from two of the most successful animated films of 2013: Despicable Me 2 and The Croods.
As if you could avoid the minions even if you don't have kids, here's the trailer to Despicable Me 2:
A more surprising animated hit from this past spring, here's the trailer for The Croods:
Here are the links to the screenplays, thanks to Universal Pictures and Dreamworks Animation, respectively:
- Despicable Me 2, written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
- The Croods, written by Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders
As always, please use these screenplays for your educational purposes only, and don’t wait to download them as we never know when they will go offline.
Also, if you missed our previous posts about award contender screenplays available for free, legal download, you can find them at the links below:
Is animation your screenwriting genre of choice? How do screenplays from animated films help your writing process? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.