2022 is already packed with fun animated films, as there are still so many delayed films to hit theaters. Whether it’s action blockbusters, superhero movies, or quirky indie dishes, there are a few great ones to look forward to this year. Whether you love fun hand drawn cartoons or movies with revolutionary animation, this year awaits you several amazing sounding and looking animated movies that kids and adults alike will enjoy.
Check out 12 of the promising animated releases that we hope to see soon in theaters or on streaming sites.
1) Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
Release Date: January 14
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is slated to be the first animated film of 2022. This came as a surprise since the main theme of the film revolves around Halloween. However, with each consecutive film in the series, the directors have moved away from the traditional monster and vampire narrative.
The third movie in the series saw the gang go on summer vacation, and in this fourth installment, they’re not even monsters. Van Helsing’s mysterious new invention turns Drac and his friends into humans and Johnny into a monster. With their new mismatched bodies, Drac and the pack must find a way to recover before their transformations become permanent. But, they’re still the same hilarious characters voiced by some of the most entertaining comedy actors working today.
The film is directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon and some of the cast members include Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Fran Drescher. The film will be released exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
2) Buck Wild’s Glacial Adventures
Release Date: January 28
Although Disney has closed its Blue Sky Studios, it still owns the studio’s IP, including the most lucrative of all: the Ice Age franchise. Fans surely expect the company to have some cool animation features on offer for quite a while, starting with this Disney + movie. the Buck Wild’s Glacial Adventures focuses on the Simon Pegg-voiced Weasel Buck, who first appeared in the franchise’s third film, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. The animation was entrusted to Bardel Entertainment of Vancouver (Rick and morty).
Watch Buck, Crash, and Eddy as they try to keep the “lost world” from being overrun by dinosaurs. Everyone’s favorite prehistoric mammal getaways are back to keep us all entertained.
Release Date: February 18
The first feature film from the young studio Skydance Animation is about a very unlucky girl who discovers the world of luck and bad luck. Luck will be the first animated feature in some time to wear the imprimatur of John Lasseter, who moved to Skydance after leaving Pixar / Disney amid allegations of sexual harassment. The release date is tentative. Apple acquired the film in February and has yet to confirm that it is sticking to it.
The upcoming animated fantasy comedy film is directed by Peggy Holmes and written by Kiel Murray. It stars Jane Fonda and Whoopi Goldberg in the lead.
4) Turn red
Release Date: March 11
Turn red is the first of two Pixar films slated for release in 2022, and studio fans are ecstatic as Pixar rarely releases more than one film per year. The film has a distinctively unique and original Pixar premise, as it follows a 13-year-old girl who transforms into a giant red panda if she gets too horny.
The premise of the film might seem a little silly, but it will no doubt be a wonderful coming-of-age movie full of lessons that even adults can learn from. Fortunately, unlike the last two Pixar films, Turn red will get a theatrical release instead of going straight to Disney +, and it will be the first Pixar film to hit theaters in two years.
5) Sonic the hedgehog 2
Release Date: April 8
Although Sonic the hedgehog had a shaky marketing campaign, as fans ridiculed Sonic’s design, the character was given a major overhaul and the 2020 film became a shocking success. It was only a matter of time until a sequel hit production and it arrived impressively just two years later.
Sonic the hedgehog 2 isn’t fully animated, but it looks like a lot of the runtime will be based on the otherworldly locations seen in the video game, and there are more animated characters involved as well. The film will feature Tails and Knuckles, two fan-favorite characters of the games, and Dr. Robotnik fully trained as Eggman, the iconic villain of the series.
The sequel to the popular 2018 blockbuster reunites with the popular hero of Sega in a new adventure directed by Jeff Fowler and written by Pat Casey, Josh Miller and John Whittington.
6) The villains
Release Date: April 22
Directed by Pierre Perifel, this CG-animated adaptation of Aaron Blabey’s book focuses on several reformed but misunderstood villains (Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula) who decide to live their lives. as forces of good. The story follows these five crooks as they take on their toughest jobs yet. The film is the first of two DreamWorks releases in 2022 and is another refugee from the chaos of Covid’s 2021 release. The promising animated feature wants to do for heist films what Shrek made for fairy tales.
The voice cast includes Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Anthony Ramos, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Alex Borstein and Zazie Beetz. The production company of The villains is DreamWorks and the US distributor is Universal.
seven) DC League Of Super-Pets
Release Date: May 20
There are plenty of superhero movies slated for 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 the spinoff series of HBO Max. But one movie that DC fans are eagerly awaiting is the DC League of Super-Pets.
Dwayne Johnson will be inducted into the DCEU next year in Black adam, but before that, he’ll actually be in another DC movie, which is the next animated movie. The film is all about the pets of DC superheroes, and with Johnson and Kevin Hart in the lead roles, it will no doubt be a hilarious and fresh take on The Secret Life of Pets.
The film is written and directed by Jared Stern and co-directed by Sam Levine. The incredible voice cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna and Keanu Reeves.
8) Bob’s Burgers movie
Release Date: May 27
Bob’s Burgers movie isn’t just an animated feature from the beloved TV show, nor is it a full-fledged musical! The film will undoubtedly be replete with the show’s unique humor and pop culture references. Disney inherited the film from Fox, and by that twist of fate, it would become House of Mouse’s first hand-drawn feature film since 2011. Winnie the Pooh.
As there have been dozens of films delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bob’s Burgers movie is the one who suffered the most. The animated film has been delayed for almost two years. Its release was first scheduled for June 2020, then postponed for a year to April 2021, and now finally to May 2022.
9) Light year
Release Date: June 17
When it comes to animated films, there is no other film that has been more theorized than Light year. Whether it is the actual fictional character that the Toy story the toy is based on or it’s a reboot of the cartoon Star Command, there is a lot of speculation surrounding the Pixar movie.
Adults are just as excited about the movie as kids are, if not more, as there is no age group more obsessed with the character than millennials. And on top of that, from the trailer, it looks like Pixar will outdo itself yet again, as the animation is spectacular and the spaceships seem almost photorealistic.
Light year is not a sequel but a spin-off; an origin story about the astronaut that inspired the figure Buzz from Toy story notoriety. Finding Dory co-director MacLane is in the director’s chair.
ten) The puss in boots: the last wish
Release Date: September 23
DreamWorks Animations may not have the reputation of other animation studios like Pixar and Studio Ghibli, but the jewel in the studio’s vast library of franchises is Shrek. And before development Shrek the reboot is released, the second spin-off, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, will be released in September 2022.
The first film may not have reached the heights of Shrek and Shrek 2, but Puss is one of the most entertaining characters on the show, which says a lot. There is apparently no end to the kitten and pirate jokes DreamWorks can conjure up, and it will be exciting to return to the world of satirical fairy tales for the first time in 11 years.
Antonio Banderas returns to voice the swashbuckling mogul, who immediately learns that he only has one of his nine lives left.
11) Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (Part one)
Release Date: October 7
It seems the world will never get enough Spider Man. Less than a year after the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is quickly becoming one of the highest grossing movies of all time, Through the Spider-Verse will be released in theaters.
Spider-Verse could turn out better than No coming home, whether that’s because of the way it approaches the idea of multiverses or because of its groundbreaking animation. And the 2022 movement will explore multiverse even more. But what makes the upcoming movie even more exciting is that an official part of the film’s title is “Part One,” which means the trio are either well in production or even already finished.
The film has a whole new team of directors: Kemp Powers (co-director and co-writer, Soul), Justin Thompson (decorator, original Spider-Verse) and Joaquim Dos Santos (director, Avatar: The Last Airbender).
Release Date: December 21
We know very little about Mario, because the official trailer has yet to be released, but it is shaping up to be an exciting project. The upcoming Illumination movie will be fully animated, which is surely a load for fans who saw the first one. Mario movie.
The movie will undoubtedly be better than the one of 1993 Super Mario Bros. which is known to be the start of an endless series of terrible video game adaptations. However, there are still reasons to be concerned. The film has a polarizing cast, as the title character will be voiced by Chris Pratt, who has announced that he will not be putting an Italian accent.
Other cast members include Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Jack Black as Bowser, and Keegan-Michael Key as the Toad’s Squeaky Mushroom.
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