January 29, 2022

“Spider-Man”, “Buzz Lightyear”, “Mars Express” … the most anticipated animated films of 2022

Between the novelties of Pixar, the return of “Dragon Ball” and that of “Spider-Man” or even “Ghost In The Shell” à la française, 2022 will be a very busy year in animated films.

After a very busy year 2021 in quality animated films (The Summit of the Gods, Belle, Evangelion : 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time), the year 2022 should be just as intense, maybe even a little more, with ten highly anticipated films – not to mention the series that we will be talking about a lot (Lastman Heroes on the French side, the adaptation of the manga Chainsaw Man Japan side).

If the suites (Hotel Transylvania: Monster Changes, The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru) and license adaptations (Super Mario Bros.) will be waiting for you, the year promises some very exciting outings. All should push back the limits of a cinema that never ceases to surprise, and prove that it is not only aimed at a young audience.

• “Red alert”

After the success of his previous original creations Forward, Soul and Luca, Pixar continues in its lineage with Red alert, imagined by Domee Shi (the Oscar-winning short Bag). The story is about a 13-year-old teenage girl who transforms into a giant red panda whenever she is overwhelmed by her emotions.

Release date: 30 mars.

• “Les Bad Guys”

The French continue to impose themselves in animation in Hollywood. After the triumph of Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me), it’s Pierre Perifel’s turn to try his luck with Les Bad Guys. This fast-paced anthropomorphic action comedy inspired by children’s books features a gang of criminals trying to become respectable citizens.

Release date: April 13.

• “Bubble”

In a Tokyo isolated from the world, a shower of bubbles will change the law of gravity. This is the pitch of Bubble, new Netflix production directed by Tetsuro Araki (The attack of the Titans) and hosted by WIT Studio. The presence of Takeshi Obata (Death Note) au chara-design et de Hiroyuki Sawano (Promar) to music made this film one of the most anticipated of the year.

Release date: 28 avril.

• “Buzz Lightning”

Pixar will unveil after Buzz Lightyear red alert. Signed Angus MacLane (Finding Dory), this project will not feature the toy and hero of the saga Toy Story, but the “real” Buzz from which it is inspired. In English, this Buzz Lightyear will be voiced by Chris Evans (Captain America), and not by Tim Allen, official voice of Buzz de Toy Story.

Release date: June 22.

• “One Piece Film: Red”

After celebrating the publication of its hundredth volume and the broadcast of its thousandth episode, One Piece will celebrate its 25th anniversary next summer with great fanfare with a new film, One piece Film: Red, directed by Gorō Taniguchi. Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the manga, produces this feature film dedicated to the mysterious character of Shanks. “He will have a lot of scenes in the movie,” the mangaka promised. An unprecedented heroine in the history of the saga should make its appearance.

Release date: August 6 (in Japan).

• “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse”

Four years after the success of Spider-Man New Generation, Sony is preparing the sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse. The first teaser heralds an equally colorful film, starring Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen and a new Latin Spider-Man avatar, Spider-Man 2099 (originally voiced by Oscar Isaac). A film co-directed by Kemp Powers (Soul), Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar, the last airbender) and Justin K. Thompson, the production designer of the first film.

Release date: October 7.

• “Strange World”

A concept art of "Strange World", Disney production scheduled for 2022
A concept art from “Strange World”, a Disney production scheduled for 2022 © Disney

One year later Raya and the last dragon, director Don Hall (The New Heroes) is already back with a new production. Baptized Strange World, this feature film is a tribute to adventure and sci-fi stories from the thirties and forties. A family of legendary explorers, the Clades, will discover an unexplored and threatening land, populated by fantastic creatures …

Release date: November 23.

• “Suzume no Tojimari”

First visual of "Suzume no Tojimari", le nouveau film de Makoto Shinkai
Premier visuel de “Suzume no Tojimari”, le nouveau film de Makoto Shinkai © Toho

Makoto Shinkai, the director of Your Name. and Children of time, currently working on his sixth feature film, Suzume no Tojimari. We follow 17-year-old Suzume in search of a magical door that opens in several places in Japan. But beware of whoever closes the door …

Release date: End of year.

• “Slam Dunk”

Movie poster "Slam Dunk"
Showcase of the movie “Slam Dunk” © Takehiko Inoue

Takehiko Inoue adapts his famous manga to the cinema Slam Dunk. Expected at the end of 2022 in Japan, the film is still very mysterious. It is not known whether he will take the plot of the original manga (the story of a turbulent high school student who launches into basketball to seduce his classmate Haruko), or if it will be an untold story.

Release date: End of year.

• “Wendell and Wild”

Henry Selick, the director of The strange Christmas of Mr. Jack and of James and the Giant Peach, is finally back, thirteen years after his last film, Coraline. Production Netflix, Wendell and Wild follows the adventures of two demons who try to escape from the underworld. The film was written by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), who doubles in the original version one of the two main characters with his accomplice Keegan-Michael Key.

Release date: End of year.

• “Mars Express”

Expected for several years by fans of SF and fans of the animated series Lastman, Mars Express by Jérémie Périn should finally be ready in 2022. Sort of Ghost in the Shell French-style, Mars Express follows the adventures of private detective Aline Ruby and android Carlos Rivera, in search of Jun Chow, a fleeing cybernetics student chased by mercenaries …

Release date: End of year.

• “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood”

Best known for his intimate dramas (Before Sunset, Boyhood), Richard Linklater is also a fan of animation. He has already signed two nuggets, Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, and is about to unveil his third work. Autobiographical inspiration, Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood evokes, in a hybrid style, the epic of Apollo 11 in 1969.

Release date: Not communicated.

• “The Clay Demons”

This astonishing feature film, which combines 2D animation and stop motion, is the first film by Portuguese director Nuno Beato. After the death of her grandfather, a woman returns to her native countryside, where she is confronted with the mistakes and regrets of her youth. A film to watch.

Release date: Not communicated.

• “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero”

Four years after seducing fans of the license with Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Akira Toriyama is overseeing a new film, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, which sees the return of the Red Ribbon army. The mangaka, very involved in the creative process, promises spectacular fights as well as surprises, including a new character.

Release date: Not communicated.

• “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”

Guillermo del Toro and Pinocchio
Guillermo del Toro and Pinocchio © Netflix

Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) revisits Pinocchio in a stop-motion musical that immerses the famous puppet in Mussolini’s fascist Italy. The Mexican director worked with Mark Gustafson, animation director of Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson, and the Jim Henson Company, a company founded by Jim Henson, puppeteer and creator of Muppet Show.

Release date: Not communicated.

“Unicorn Wars”

It will be one of the UFOs of the year, directed by the Spaniard Alberto Vázquez. Presented by the specialized site Cartoon Brew as a cross between Apocalypse Now and Bambi, Unicorn Wars takes place in a world marked by the clash between teddy bears and unicorns. A soldier, Célestin, dreams of spilling the blood of unicorns, which would offer eternal beauty. His brother, Bouboule, dreams of a life spent eating. But the day comes to go to the battlefield …

Release date: Not communicated.

• “My Father’s Dragon”

Nora Twomey, the director of Parvana, a childhood in Afghanistan (Jury Prize and Audience Prize in Annecy in 2018), joined forces with screenwriter Meg LeFauve (The other way around) to adapt the famous series of children’s novels My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Netflix is ​​producing this film which chronicles the adventures of a boy who travels to an island to save a baby dragon.

Release date: Not communicated.

• “Inu-oh”

Every new Masaaki Yuasa movie (Devilman Crybaby, Ride Your Wave) is an event. Imagined in collaboration with the mangaka Taiyō Matsumoto, chara-designer on this project, Inu-Oh is eagerly awaited by fans of Japanese animation. The Angoulême comic book festival, at the end of January, is devoting an exhibition to the film, entitled “The Art of Inu-Oh”. Note the organization in this context of a preview of the film on Friday January 28 in the presence of the director.

Release date: Not communicated.