Best and worst animated films of 2022

In the 80s, I started a magazine called “Animato!” that later grew quite large and popular. I got to meet and interview great animators like Chuck Jones and Ralph Bakshi but later sold the magazine, and it went on to even bigger successes until the internet killed all magazines.

So I’m still an animation fan, but it’s basically impossible to see all the films and all the animated TV shows these days unless you’re a full-time animator or animation historian, I guess.

These days, with so much CGI, we can debate what an “animated film” even is, but generally the accepted definition is that the main characters must be animated — not just the monsters or effects. (And “motion capture” doesn’t count.)

So here’s my annual end-of-the-year list of best and worst animated films (based on their Rotten Tomatoes score).  I used to only include films that were released to theaters, but thanks to the pandemic, that no longer applies. Ties are broken by number of reviews, and you have to have at least 10 reviews to make my list.

  1. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (97%)
  2. Beavis and Butthead Do The Universe (97%)
  3. Turning Red (95%)
  4. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (95%)
  5. The Sea Beast (94%)
  6. Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood (91%)
  7. The Bad Guys (88%)
  8. The Bob’s Burgers Movie (88%)
  9. My Father’s Dragon (88%) 
  10. Wendell and Wild (81%)
  11. Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers (80%)
  12. Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again (77%)
  13. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (77%)
  14. Lightyear (74%)
  15. Strange World (73%)
  16. DA League of Super Pets (73%) 
  17. Lyle Lyle Crocodile (72%)
  18. Minions: The Rise of Gru (70%)
  19. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (69%)
  20. Paws of Fury:  The Legend of Hank (68%)
  21. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (49%)
  22. Luck (47%)
  23. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (38%)
  24. The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild (17%)
  25. Marmaduke (0%)


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