Which animated feature films will arrive in our cinemas next year?


Some distributors have revealed their upcoming releases, but only in the coming months will we discover the entire lists. Think of Nexo Digital which only revealed the first part of the 2022 anime season.

Similar problem also for what concerns the releases on the platforms, moreover the pandemic has slowed down some projects and caused the postponement of several titles.

The most anticipated film is undoubtedly Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse closely followed by Lightyear and Slam Dunk . Here is a brief overview of the most anticipated animated films of 2022.

Sony Pictures Animation

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)

Part one of the 2018 film sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson here on their debut feature.

Without doubt the most anticipated animated film of the year, it will continue the adventures of Miles Morales.

American release : 7 October 2022
Italian release : to be defined

Recall that on January 14 will debut on Amazon Prime Video Hotel Transylvania: A Monstrous Exchange! the final chapter of the franchise, written by Genndy Tartakovsky the creator of the series.


RED (Turning Red)

Twenty-fifth Pixar film and first feature film by director Domee Shi , co-writer of the film with Julia Cho . The protagonist of the film is the thirteen-year-old Meilin “Mei” Lee who, when she gets too excited or is too stressed, turns into a giant red panda.

American release : March 1, 2022
Italian release : March 10, 2022


Twenty-sixth Pixar film, tells the origins of Buzz Lightyear ( Chris Evans ) the hero who inspired the Toy Story toy. The film directed by Angus MacLane (co-director of Finding Dory ) follows a young test pilot who becomes a Space Ranger.

American release : June 17, 2022
Italian release : summer 2022

Strange World

New film from director Donald Lee “Don” Hall , the director of Big Hero 6 and co-director of Raya and the Last Dragon . The film follows the adventures of the legendary Clades family of explorers.

American release : November 23, 2022
Italian release : to be defined

The studio will also distribute Bob’s Burger – The Movie (20th Century Studios) coming May 25 and Ice Age: Buck’s Adventures from March 25 on Disney + animated by Bardel Entertainment ( Rick & Morty ).


Suzu, a 17-year-old high school student, lives in the countryside of Kochi Prefecture with her father after losing her mother at a young age. The untimely loss made Suzu close in on herself and separated her from her father and the thing she loved most: singing.
After realizing that writing music is her only purpose in life, Suzu discovers a virtual world known as [U], where she takes on the role of Belle, an avatar that quickly allows her to become a world-famous singer. Suddenly a mysterious creature, a dragon, appears before her and together, they embark on a journey full of adventures, challenges and love, in search of their true nature.

The film is written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda .

Italian release : January 20, 2022.

Skydance Animation


The first film from the Skydance Animation studio , it is a comedy about an unfortunate girl who discovers the world of luck and misfortune.

The first film produced by John Lasseter after leaving Pixar following a series of sexual harassment allegations.

American / Italian release : (Apple TV +) – February 18th


Too bad

What happens when a bunch of bad guys decide to turn the page and become good guys? In the adaptation of books directed Aaron Blabey find Pierre Perifel .

American release : April 22, 2022
Italian release : March 31, 2022

Also for this year the release, (USA 23 September 2022), of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, the sequel to the Shrek spin-off, is scheduled . This is the first new chapter in more than 10 years.


Minions 2: How Gru becomes very bad

Postponed for two years due to the pandemic, it is the new chapter in the most successful animated franchise of all time. The film is set between Minions and Despicable Me .

American release : 1 July 2022
Italian release : 18 August 2022

Super Mario

First animated feature film based on a Nintendo IP , animated by the Illumination studio .

American release : 21 December 2022
Italian release 😕 22 December 2022

Warner Animation Group

DC League of Super-Pets

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson voices Superman’s superdog Krypto in this animated feature film about the adventures of the Super Pet League. Only release from the Warner Animation Group .

American release : May 20, 2022
Italian release : May 19, 2022


Sword Art Online Progressive The Movie, Aria Of A Starless Night

Based on the light novel series of Sword Art Online: Progressive of Reki Kawahara , the film is set before Asuna was known as Lightning Flash and Kirito as The Black Swordsman.

Italian release : 28 February, 1 and 2 March 2022

Nikuko’s Luck

The 4 ° C Studio film is based on the novel Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko of the Fishing Harbor) by Kanako Nishi .

One of the Oscar-eligible films won in the animation category of the 46th Hochi Film Award, won the Scotland Loves Anime Festival Jury Prize and the Korean Society of Cartoon and Animation Studies (KOSCAS) President’s Prize.

Italian release : 4, 5, 6 April 2022

Demon Slayer The Movie: The Mugen Train , already available on Prime Video , will be distributed from 17 to 19 January in Italian cinemas.

Potential new announcements

They will almost certainly arrive in Italy between 2022 and 2023:

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero , the first CG movieof Masaaki Yuasa’s
Inu-Oh franchise
Doraemon Movie 41: Nobita no Little Star Wars
One Piece Film Red
Yaneura no Rudger (by Ponoc studio)
Suzume no Tojimari di Makoto Shinkai
Mahou Shoujo Madoka ★ Magica Movie 4: Walpurgis no Kaiten

Steve – Rumble set in the world of
Tiger’s Apprentice wrestlingdirected by Carlos Baena

Potential exits:

Slam Dunk , one of the most anticipated films of the year, will hit Japanese theaters in the fall of 2022
The Pink Panther directed by David Silverman
Shika no Ou: Yuna to Yakusoku no Tabi
Goodbye, DonGlees!
Sayonara, Tyrano
Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2205: Aratanaru Tabidachi – Koushou: STASHA
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These – Gekitotsu trilogy
Blue Thermal
Sword Art Online -Progressive- Kuraki Yuuyami no Scherzo
Aoki Uru (Gainax)
RE of the Sunrise Era (Otomo) cycle of the PENGUINDRUM Part 2
Deemo Movie: Sakura no Oto – Anata no Kanadeta Oto ga, Ima mo Hibiku
Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Koujou

Netflix Animation

Wendell and Wild

The stop-motion horror comedy directed by Henry Selick , based on the screenplay by Selick, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Clay McLeod Chapman .

Two demon brothers, Wendell and Wild (Key and Peele), face their archenmesis, the demonic nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, teenage goths Kat and Raoul.

The Sea Beast ( Jacob and the Sea Beast)

The life of a legendary sea monster hunter is turned upside down when a young girl embarks on his ship and befriends the most dangerous beast. Directed by Chris Williams , the co-director of Oceania, Big Hero 6 and Bolt .

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

The first animated feature film by Guillermo del Toro is a stop-motion musical.

My Father’s Dragon

Adapted from the series of children’s novels of the same name by Ruth Stiles Gannett , it tells the story of a boy who goes in search of an imprisoned dragon. Twomey ( The Breadwinner ), co-founder of Cartoon Saloon , directs this folkloric fantasy scripted by Meg LeFauve ( Inside Out ).

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

The turtles fight to repel the invasion of Krang in this spin-off from the Nickelodeon series .

Drifting Home

Studio Colorido’s third feature film is a fantasy adventure set at the end of the summer, starring two childhood friends.


Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Psycho-Pass) imagines what would happen if a bubble took human form in the Wit Studio film directed by Tetsuro Araki (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress).

Italian release : April 28, 2022

The month of the gods

The film tells the story of Kanna ( voiced by Aju Makita ), a girl who loses her love of running after her mother’s death. One day a rabbit with a wing named Shiro ( Maaya Sakamoto the voice of Hitomi in Escaflowne), who is a shinshi (a messenger of the gods), and an oni boy (ogre) named Yato ( Miyu Irino ) appear in front of her. Haku’s voice in the Enchanted City). Kanna crosses the border that separates people and gods, and is invited to Izumo.

The project was born thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.

Italian release : February 8, 2022

Under the Boardwalk

Musical comedy from Paramount Animation , tensions between two rival clans escalate when two members of the two clans fall in love. David Soren (Captain Underpants) directing, animation is the youngest unit in the DNEG , behind Ron’s Gone Wrong .

There are numerous potential releases planned for this year on Netflix. Could be announced in the coming months: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood directed by Richard Linklater; Mark Osborne’s Escape from Hat ; High in the Clouds produced by Paul McCartney and Make My Day based on an original story by Yasuo Ohtagaki (Moonlight Mile, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt).