In the absence of seeing ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’, we have had a quite varied year in terms of animated cinema: from productions of large studios to smaller ones, 3D animation, stop-motion, anime, sequels of large franchises, movie releases and platforms… a bit of everything.
Although we have had nice proposals that in the end were left a bit half-hearted, such as ‘Mundo Extraño’, ‘El monstruo marino’ or ‘Wendell & Wild’, we are going to talk about the most outstanding animated films released throughout 2022.
New Pixar movie and probably the best it has released in recent years. Fun and profound at the same time, it talks about the relationship between mothers and daughters and the passage to maturity represented in that adorable red panda.
‘The Bad Guys’
DreamWorks opted this year for a more casual and adventurous proposal in this sort of parody of the robbery genre, in which shines above all a fantastic and careful animation that makes us forget its terrible dubbing in Spanish.
We risk saying that Mamoru Hosoda had never reached these levels of spectacularity. The first minutes of the film are a real joy to watch and its script stands out when it delves into the purely emotional realm.
Absurd controversies aside, Pixar crashed at the box office with this space adventure that, without being ‘Toy Story’ or pretending to be, brought us another Buzz Lightyear to the rescue. This time in the company of a new team and the robotic cat Socks (best animated character of the year, without a doubt) in a plot that is not original but manages to excite.
‘Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro’
If we talk about emotion, we cannot forget the latest version of ‘Pinocchio’. Del Toro managed to get us to put aside our fed up with the revisions of classic stories to overwhelm us with this stop-motion adaptation, able to recognize you and break your heart at the same time.
If there is any story that has made our stomachs shrink this year, that is ‘Unicorn Wars’, one of the best Spanish films of the year. Never have care bears been as ruthless as those of this disturbing fable that brings us closer to the trenches and to the darkest corner of the human being.
‘Looking for the magical Doremi’
You will forgive me ‘One Piece Film Red’ and ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’, but the best film derived from an anime franchise in 2022 is this. An authentic love letter to ‘The magical Doremi’ that introduces us to three new protagonists with another story that, however, could not better represent the spirit of the original.
Perhaps the film that looks the least visually but, even so, the set is much more satisfactory than expected. A promising start for Skydance Animation, with this nice story about a girl without luck and the imaginative world she ends up in following a black cat.
‘Minions: The Origin of Gru’
We could not close this ranking without talking about the highest grossing animated film of the year. Among the proposals that advocate more for entertainment, this has been the one that leaves the best taste in the mouth, largely due to its unpretentiousness and its effective slapstick gags starring these yellow minions.