Animated Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2022

  1. Belle

So – technically, this movie was released last year. But it’s not coming out in American theaters until next week. Am I going to risk going to theaters in the middle of a seemingly never pandemic to watch an anime film?

Considering it got a 14-minute standing ovation after its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival — yeah. This retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’  by Mamoru Hosada looks absolutely stunning – definitely, one that needs to be seen on the big screen.

Release Date: Jan. 14 (Theaters, USA)

  1. The Bad Guys

This Dreamworks film just looks like so much fun; the animation style is different than the studio’s previous works, which is great. The story follows a gang of animal criminals who struggle to go straight. Shenanigans ensue.

It’s based on a children’s book series of the same name.

Release Date: April 22 (Theaters, USA)

  1. Turning Red

This Pixar film follows 13-year-old Meillin “Mei” Lee, who develops the ability to turn into a giant red panda when she gets too emotional. As if being a middle schooler wasn’t hard enough.

The film takes place in 2002/2003. As somebody who was in elementary school at that time — I still related hard to the trailer. I have a feeling that the film is going to be a love letter to those awkward days of adolescence.

I can’t wait.

Release Date: March 11 (Disney+, No theatrical release)

  1. My Father’s Dragon

Based on the children’s book series of the same name, this movie is being produced by Cartoon Saloon for Netflix. Considering Cartoon’s Saloon’s success with their Irish Folklore trilogy and their distinctive art style, I’m very excited to see what they do with this adaptation.

Release Date: N/A

  1. Wendell and Wild

This film was supposed to be released last year – but stop-motion animation is hard.  This film, directed by Henry Selick, will star comedy duo Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele as the titular demonic duo. Very little information is available regarding the film’s plot.

Which is fine.

The film will be released on Netflix.

Release Date: N/A

  1. Spider-Man: Across the SpiderVerse (Part One)

Do I need to say more? I have been looking forward to this movie since Into the SpiderVerse came out. The film will follow Miles Morales as he gets roped into a dimension-hopping adventure along with Gwen Stacy, when a new enemy appears. When the teaser-trailer came out – with Miles exploring all these new worlds, each with a different art style, I got super-excited.

I don’t care – I’m definitely seeing this one in theaters. This is going to be the ultimate SpiderVerse adventure (until Part Two that is.) No Way Home only wishes it could be the SpiderVerse trilogy.

Release Date: Oct. 7 (USA)

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