If your family loves watching movies at the local cineplex, then 2022 might look a lot like the good old days. That is, before the pandemic – when family movies were plentiful and going to the theater was an easy way to enjoy an afternoon.
This year will give us a Despicable Me fallout, a toy story spin-off and at least two animated films based on major superhero characters. This year will also deliver the highly anticipated final film in the jurassic world trilogy.
For this list, we’ve included the best animated movies, a few live-action movies, and even one whose plot is (so far) mostly secret. We haven’t included live-action superhero movies (scroll down for those) or faith-centric movies (that list is here.) Also, we’ve only included movies which will be released in theaters. (Most titles on the list are not yet rated.)
Here are 10 new movies in 2022 that your kids will probably want to watch:
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1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 8)
America’s favorite hedgehog still fights crime, though this time he has a partner – Tails, a fox. In sonic the hedgehog 2, Sonic and Tails face an evil tandem, Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and Knuckles, in search of an almighty green crystal. The first one sonic the hedgehog grossed $148 million in February 2020, just weeks before the pandemic hit. Both films are a combination of CGI and live action.
2. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (April 15)
A wizard named Newt Scamander teams up with other wizards to save the world from an evil wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. (Or, as the trailer says, the “most dangerous wizard” in a century.) Dumbledore’s secrets is the third installment of a franchise billed as the prequel to the Harry Potter series. It is not yet rated but will likely be PG-13. CGI/live-action.
3. The Villains (April 22)
A wolf (the “big bad wolf” in nursery rhymes) teams up with a tarantula, shark, snake and piranha to commit a crime spree. (After all, the whole world views them as bad guys.) But when one of them is tempted to “become good,” the others too begin to envision a life of good. The film was made by DreamWorks and based on a series of books of the same name. Rated PG for action and crude humor. Animated.
4. DC League of Super-Pets (May 20)
Krypto the Super-Dog – he’s Superman’s personal pet – helps save his superhero owner from an evil villain who is kidnapping all members of the Justice League. To accomplish this feat, however, Krypto must teach a motley group of animals to be brave. The film features an impressive voice cast (including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Kate McKinnon). Animated.
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5. Jurassic World Dominion (June 10)
Humans and dinosaurs can’t co-exist… can they? This is the question posed in this new film, which picks up after its predecessor, JUrassic World: Fallen Kingdom. In that previous film, a plan to place dinosaurs on an uninhabited island and let them roam freely went horribly wrong. In Jurassic World Dominion, dinosaurs roam the earth – and everyone is scared. It is the last film of the jurassic world trilogy. Live-action/CGI.
6. Lightyear (June 17)
It’s the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the beloved action figure from the Toy Story series whose goal was to reach “infinity and beyond.” In Light year, we learn how Buzz became the brave Space Ranger who never fears a battle. Although Tim Allen voiced Buzz in the toy story movies, Chris Evans will voice Buzz in Light year. Animated.
7. Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
It’s the story of Gru, the supervillain-turned-kind dad whose outlook on life changed when he adopted three daughters – and got married – in the Despicable Me franchise. In Minions: The Rise of Gru, we learn how 12-year-old Gru developed a desire to become a villain — and how he bonded with these ignorant yellow creatures. Animated.
8. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Part One (October 7)
Miles Morales, aka Spider-Man, teams up with Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman to fight off a major threat to humanity. Little is known about the film, which is a sequel to the 2018 film that was set in an alternate “Spider-Verse” in which characters other than Peter Parker gain spidey powers. Animated.
9. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (November 18)
It is the story of a crocodile, Lyle, who lives with a caring family in New York. The film is based on a series of two books by author Bernard Waber from the 1960s (The house on East 88th Street released in 1962, followed by Lyle, Lyle, Crocodilee in 1965.) Singer Shawn Mendes voices Lyle. Although the trailer has not been released, the film will apparently be a combination of CGI and live action.
10. Strange World (November 23)
Differences within a family of explorers threaten to ruin their latest mission. Little is known about the plot of this Disney film, although the studio in December said the family “journeys deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await.” It is directed by Don Hall, who also directed Big Hero 6 and Raya and the last dragon.
Other movies your kids might want to watch: The Batman (March 4), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse (May 6), Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8), Blazing Samurai (July 22), Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (September 23), The Flash (November 4), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (December 16), Avatar 2 (December 16), Super Mario Brothers (December 21).
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and current affairs for 20 years. His stories have appeared in the Baptist Press, Christianity today, The Christian Post, the Sheet-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.