2022 is a stacked year in film, as there are still so many delayed movies yet to hit movie theatres. Between all of the action blockbusters, superhero movies, and quirky indie fare, there are loads to look forward to next year.
But on top of that, there is an abundance of animated movies to get excited about too, and they are full of fascinating concepts. Whether it’s fun hand-drawn cartoons or films with groundbreaking animation, there are so many spectacular sounding and looking 2022 animated flicks that both kids and adults can enjoy.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (Jan 14)
Surprisingly, given that it’s a very Halloweeny movie, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is the first animated movie of 2022. However, with each consecutive movie in the series, they have gotten further away from the traditional monsters and vampires narrative.
The third movie in the series saw the gang go on a summer vacation, and in the fourth entry, they aren’t even monsters. They have “transformed” into humans and are wandering around a rainforest. But they are still the same hilarious characters and voiced by some of the most entertaining comedy actors working today.
Turning Red (March 11)
Turning Red is the first of two Pixar movies set for release in 2022, and fans of the studio are over the moon, as Pixar so rarely releases more than one movie a year. The movie has a typically unique and quirky Pixar premise, as it follows a 13-year-old girl who turns into a giant red panda if she gets too excited.
The film sounds like a silly movie, but it will no doubt be a wonderful coming-of-age flick full of lessons that even adults can learn from too. Thankfully, unlike the last two Pixar movies, Turning Red will get a theatrical release instead of going straight to Disney+, and it’ll be the first theatrically released Pixar film in two years.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (April 8)
Though Sonic the Hedgehog had a rocky marketing campaign, as fans ridiculed Sonic’s design, the character was hugely overhauled and the 2020 movie became a shock success. It was only a matter of time until a sequel was thrown into production, and it impressively arrives just two years later.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 isn’t entirely animated, as a big chunk of the movie will be set on Earth. However, it seems like a lot more of the runtime will be based in the otherworldly locations seen in the video game, and there are more animated characters too. The film will introduce Tails and Knuckles, two fan-favorite characters from the games, and it’ll also see Dr. Robotnik now fully formed as Eggman, the iconic villain of the series.
DC League Of Super-Pets (May 20)
Many superhero movies are set to release in 2022, especially in the DC Extended Universe. And even outside of the DCEU, there are tons of DC movie releases, such as The Batman and HBO Max spin-off series. But one that might have gone over people’s heads is DC League of Super-Pets.
Dwayne Johnson will be inducted into the DCEU next year in Black Adam, but before then, he’ll actually be in another DC movie, which is the upcoming animated film. The movie is all about DC superheroes’ pets, and with Johnson and Kevin Hart in the lead roles, it’ll no doubt be a hilarious and fresh take on The Secret Life of Pets.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie (May 27)
The Bob’s Burgers Movie isn’t just a feature-length episode of the beloved TV show; the film will undoubtedly be full of the show’s unique humor and pop culture references, but it’s a full-on musical too. It’s also the first hand-drawn animation released by Disney in over ten years, which will give it such a unique feeling.
As there have been dozens of movies delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is the one that has suffered the most. The animated film has been delayed by close to two years. It was first scheduled for release in June 2020, then pushed back again by a year to April 2021, and now finally to May 2022.
Lightyear (June 17)
When it comes to animated movies, there may not be one that has been more theorized over than Lightyear. Whether it’s about the actual fictional character that the Toy Story toy is based on or it’s a reboot of the cartoon Star Command, there’s so much speculation surrounding the Pixar movie.
Adults are just as excited about the movie as children, if not more so, as there’s no age bracket more obsessed with the character than millennials, and it has led to some hilarious Twitter reactions about Lightyear. And on top of that, based on the trailer, it’s looking like Pixar will outdo itself once again, as the animation looks spectacular and the spacecrafts look almost photorealistic.
Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (September 23)
Dreamworks Animations might not have the reputation that other animation studios like Pixar and Studio Ghibli do, but the crown jewel in the studio’s vast canon of franchises is Shrek. And before the in-development Shrek reboot gets released, the second spin-off, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, will come out next year.
The first movie might not have reached the heights of Shrek and Shrek 2, but Puss is one of the most entertaining characters in the series, which is saying a lot. There is seemingly no end to pun jokes about kittens and pirates that Dreamworks can conjure up, and it’ll be exciting to return to the satirical fairytale world for the first time in 11 years.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse – Part One (October 7)
It seems like the world will never suffer Spider-Man fatigue. Within a year of the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is quickly becoming one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, Across the Spider-Verse will be released theatrically.
Some Redditors think that Spider-Verse is better than No Way Home, whether it’s because of the way it tackles the idea of multiverses or because of its groundbreaking animation. And the 2022 move will explore multiverses even further. But what makes the upcoming film even more exciting is that an official part of the movie’s title is “Part One,” meaning the threequel is either well into production or even already completed.
Mario (December 21)
Very little is known about Mario, as there’s no trailer and no screenshots yet, but it’s shaping up to be an exciting project. The upcoming Illumination movie will be entirely animated, which is surely a load off fans’ minds who saw the first Mario movie.
The movie will undoubtedly be better than 1993’s Super Mario Bros. which is notorious for being the beginning of a neverending string of terrible video game adaptations. However, there’s still some cause for concern. The movie has a polarizing cast, as the titular character will be voiced by Chris Pratt, who has announced that he won’t be putting on an Italian accent.
Pinocchio (To Be Announced)
Pinocchio isn’t exactly a remake of the Disney classic, but it’s its own adaptation of the 1883 novel of the same name. The 2022 Netflix original is a stop-motion animation, and what makes it even more exciting is that it’s written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The filmmaker is best known for his creative creature designs, and when it comes to clay animation, there’s no limit to his creativity.
Amazingly, though the original movie is more than 80 years old and there hasn’t been any remake in that time, there won’t just be one Pinocchio film in 2022 but two of them. As Disney is enjoying the trend of making live-action versions of its animated classics, they’ll do the same with the 1940 film, which is due out in late 2022.
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