Must-See Animal Movies of 2022

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Put these 2022 animal-themed films on your calendar. Release dates are subject to change.

The Tiger Rising (January 21, 2022)

When 12-year-old Rob Horton (Christian Convery) discovers a caged tiger in the woods near his home, his life changes in the most unexpected ways. He’s helped on his adventures by wise, mysterious maid Willie May (Queen Latifah) and the stubborn new girl in school (Madalen Mills). Based on the best-selling book by Kate DiCamillo. In theaters on January 21, 2021 and available On Demand and Digital on February 8, 2022.

The Amazing Maurice (February 13, 2022)

Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett, Maurice is a streetwise ginger cat who teams up with rats for a money-making scam inspired by the legend of the Pied Piper. The voice cast includes Hugh Laurie, Emilia Clarke, David Thewlis, Himesh Patel, and Gemma Arterton.

Dog (February 18, 2022)

Channing Tatum directed and stars in this film about man who reluctantly transports a dead soldier’s unruly Belgian Malinois named Lulu to his home in time for his funeral.

Turning Red (March 11, 2022)

The latest Disney/Pixar film is going straight to Disney+ on March 11 after being scheduled for an April 8 theatrical release. It will be available at no extra change to subscribers. Plot: A 13-year-old girl named Mei Lee turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited in this comedy featuring the voice talents of Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, James Hong, and Sasha Roiz.

The Bad Guys (April 22, 2022)

In this animated film, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula hatch a plot to pull of the ultimate heist. Features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Anthony Ramos, and Marc Maron.

Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10, 2022)

A T-Rex terrorizes patrons at a drive-in theater in the prologue trailer for the third Jurassic World movie with Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt.  (The modern-day scene begins at 3:56 into the trailer.)    

DC League of Super-Pets (July 29, 2022)

Superman’s dog Krypto (voiced by Dwayne Jonson) teams up with other animals with super powers to stop crime while his owner is on vacation. Costars Natasha Lyonne as Merton the turtle, Vanessa Bayer as PB the pig, Diego Luna as Chip the squirrel and Kevin Hart as Ace the dog. It’s now streaming on HBO Max.

Beast (August 19, 2022)

A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion on the African Savanna. Starring Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, and Leah Jeffries.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (October 7, 2022)

Javier Bardem, Constance Wu, Brett Gelman, and Winslow Fegley star in this hybrid live-action and animated family film based on the popular book series about a crocodile who lives in New York City.  

Cat Daddies (October 14, 2022)

A documentary about 9 men who really, really love their cats. Visit the official site.

Strange World (November 23, 2022)

This animated Disney movie journeys deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await the Clades, a family of explorers. Directed by Don Hall, co-directed and written by Qui Nguyen, and produced by Roy Conli.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (December 21, 2022)

In this long-awaited sequel, Puss (Antonio Banderas) sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

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