FOCUS: Animation: major features out in 2022

Dicember 19, 2021

2022 presents a good program with titles produced by the main studios around the world, some completely absent in the pandemic period which, even if with full titles, they preferred to postpone. On the other hand, streaming platforms are increasingly present, whose diffusion has been strengthened precisely by this problematic period.

Here is the list of movies that already have programming:

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania [news]
The fourth and final chapter of the saga produced by Sony Pictures Animation studios forgoes the release in cinemas (initially scheduled last summer) to land directly on a streaming platform. This new chapter will show an unexpected twist of the story, swapping monsters for humans and vice versa. The appointment is for January 14 on Prime Video.

Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild [news]
Disney presents a spin-off of a saga of a studio first acquired (formerly owned by Fox) and then closed: Ice Age. The protagonist is the wild Buck who, together with Crash and Eddie, will live a new adventure in the world of dinosaurs. The appointment is January 28 on Disney+.

Luck [news]
The first feature film produced by young Skydance Animation is a comedy "about a very unfortunate girl who discovers the world of luck and misfortune". It is the first production that also sees John Lasseter return to the role of creative chief after his experience at Pixar. The release is scheduled for Summer 2022 on the AppleTV+ platform.



Turning Red [news]
In March it is the turn of the first Pixar film of the year. An original comedy whose story is based on oriental culture even though it is set in Toronto, and also marks the first time of a woman as solo director of Pixar film: Domee Shi (winner Oscar for the short Bao). In theaters from March 11.

The Bad Guys [news]
Following this we immediately find the competing studios, DreamWorks Animation, which present the animated transposition of the characters of the children's books by Aaron Blabey. The plot features five animals devoted solely to evil deeds that try to redeem themselves by completely changing direction. The appointment is in theaters from April 22.

Bubble [news]
The new original anime from Studio Wit is set in Tokyo, after bubbles have rained down on the world that have broken the laws of gravity. Transformed into a huge playground for parkour lovers, a too reckless young man falls but is saved by a girl with mysterious powers. The anime will be available on Netflix from April 28.



DC League of Super-Pets [news]
In theaters in 2022, the Warner Animation Group will join the big studios with the first feature film made in CG set in the world of DC comics. But the protagonists are not the well-known superheroes but their pets. Appointment on May 20th.

The Bob's Burgers Movie [news]
Completed for at least two years and never released due to the change of ownership from Fox to Disney, after being shelved, next May 25 possibly it could finally hit theaters. It is a spin-off story of the famous animated series of the same name.

Lightyear [news]
The second Pixar film of the year is an interesting and original spin-off, this time from the popular Toy Story saga. The protagonist, as the title announces, is the real astronaut Buzz who inspired the toy of the same name in the saga. The film is expected in theaters June 17.



Minions: The Rise of Gru [news]
One of the studios that have preferred to postpone releases completely in this pandemic period are Illumination owned by Universal Pictures. The second chapter of the saga of the small and hilarious yellow-skinned beings has already been completed for two years and will only be released next summer, July 1.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish [news]
More follows and other studios. One of the protagonists of the Shrek saga returns with a second starring film, again voiced by Antonio Banderas. The theatrical release is scheduled for September 23.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) [news]
The most innovative and praised animated film of recent years returns with a second and eagerly awaited chapter, but only part of new stories set in the multiverse. We will meet Miles Morales and all the spider-men of the other universes for new and exciting adventures. The release is scheduled for October 7.



Strange World [news]
The major animations studios owned by Disney will return to one of their beloved genres in 2022: action-adventure. A comedy set in a fantasy world populated where lives fantastic creatures. As director we find one of the studio veterans: Don Hall. In theaters November 23.

Super Mario - the Movie [news]
In the same period of the year, an unprecedented duo composed by the Americans Illumination and the Japanese Nintendo will arrive in theaters to bring the iconic Italian plumber protagonist of the legendary videogames of the same name to the big screen. Scheduled exit: December 21.

Suzume no Tojimari [news]
Also awaited for the new anime of Makoto Shinkai, a fantasy story with a young protagonist and mysterious open doors between dangerous parallel worlds. The Japanese title is Suzume no Tojimari and is expected in home theaters in Autumn 2022.



Other interesting animated films without a specific release date are: Wendell and Wild [news], stop-motion feature film and expected return to directing by the veteran Henry Selick who we'll see on Netflix; Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, another feature film that we will see on Netflix that marks the return to animation of Richard Linklater; another long-awaited remake of a classic tales: Pinocchio, but in a dark version written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro which we will see on Netflix.

Also in 2022 there will also be space for the new work by the Irish Cartoon Saloon (Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers), titled My Father's Dragon which it also marks the return to directing of Nora Twomey, co-founder of the studios. From one streaming platform to another, this work will be exclusive to Netflix.




As always, you can find the complete and updated list on the page Upcoming releases.


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