Cartoon-lovers, young and old, unite! This year we’re looking forward to six star-studded must watch cartoon features that continue adventures of old and present stories that are totally new and original. Take a look at the latest to come from the world’s biggest and brightest animation studios.

 

“Bob’s Burgers: The Movie”

Fans of the beloved animated FOX sitcom, Bob’s Burgers, are looking forward to Memorial Day weekend, when Bob’s Burgers: The Movie finally hits theaters on May 27. An enormous sinkhole opens up right in front of the restaurant’s entrance, putting the business at risk and dashing the hopes for a successful summer. But with H. Jon Benjamin (Bob), John Roberts (Linda), Dan Mintz (Tina), Eugene Mirman (Gene) and Kristen Schaal (Louise) back as the patty-flipping family of five, they’re sure to find a hilarious way out of this one as well — no matter how big that sinkhole is.

 

“Lightyear”

Chris Evans takes on the role of the original Buzz Lightyear in this spin-off of Toy Story that shares the origin of the toy, who the brave astronaut we know was based on. Presented as a film within a film screened to the characters from the first movie, we watch along as Buzz prepares for his first test flight ever and embarks on a slew of space adventures, complete with new rivals and threats to the universe at large. Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, James Brolin, and Uzo Aduba round out the star cast as they travel to infinity, and beyond this June 17.  

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“Minions: The Rise of Gru”

Steve Carell returns as Felonious Gru on July 1 in this fifth installment of the Despicable Me franchise. A sequel to 2015’s Minions, Minions: The Rise of Gru starts right where the last film left off with a 12-year-old Gru growing up in the suburbs during the 1970s. Setting his sights on evil from an early age, he hopes to join up with a group of supervillains called the Vicious 6. But when his interview goes downhill and he finds himself at odds with the worst of the worst, he’ll need help from more than just the minions if he wants to beat the bad guys. 

Parents will get a kick out of the baddies with voice acting from Taraji Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Lawless, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Danny Trejo — not to mention “Mary Poppins” herself, Julie Andrews as Gru’s mother.

 

“DC League of Super-Pets”

It’s only fitting that the DC League of superheroes, and their newly adopted, super-powered pets, would have a star-studded cast of Hollywood voice actors to bring them to life. Come July 29, these names alone will be bringing folks into theaters in droves — and there’s something for everyone: SNL’s Kate McKinnon and Vanessa Bayer, America’s boyfriend Keanu Reeves, comedy duo Ben Schwartz and Thomas Middleditch, Dwayne Johnson, John Krasinski, Diego Luna, Marc Maron, Natasha Lyonne and more!

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“Luck”

 

Coming to Apple TV+ August 5, this fantasy follows an unlucky girl named Sam (Eva Noblezada), who accidentally discovers a magical world where the forces of good luck and bad luck rule over all. Joined by a talking cat voiced by British funny-man Simon Pegg, Sam soon discovers that there are forces more powerful than anything she could have imagined at play. Featuring the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Flula Borg and the legendary Jane Fonda as The Dragon of Good Luck, this original effort from Skydance Animation is sure to leave audiences spellbound. 

 

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

We’ll have to wait until October 7 for this one, but Spider-Fans will be psyched to see what Miles Morales gets up to in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One). Introduced in 2011 after the death of Peter Parker within the Marvel Universe, the biracial character represents a new generation of the beloved superhero. The first of a two-part sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the adventure will introduce a new team of Spider-People voiced by stars like Shameik Moore, Issa Rae, Oscar Isaac, Hailee Steinfeld and Jake Johnson.

When you simply must watch cartoon movies, you’ll be be on cloud nine the rest of 2022. Which animated films are you looking forward to this year? Let us know @DIRECTV!

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