Best Black Animated Movies To Watch in 2022

Best Black Animated Movies To Watch
Best Black Animated Movies To Watch

Animated movies opened up a world of imagination, and so many of us spent hours indulging in our favorite cartoon shows or movies. Yet while there were a good amount of cartoons from the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s that featured African American characters, few of those shows and movies had African American characters as Leads. For African American children, seeing cartoons with Black narratives and characters is a huge deal that didn’t happen nearly enough. But with changing time Pixar and other production companies has made some best animated movies with black protagonist.

If you’re looking for the some best, funny and meaningful animated movies with black narratives to watch with your family then you’re at the right place we’ve made a list of Best Black Animated Movies To Watch In 2022 that you can still stream today.

Bébé’s Kids

  • Year: 1992
  • IMDB Rating: 5.7/10
  • Director: Bruce W. Smith 
  • Starring: Faizon Love, Nell Carter, Myra J., Vanessa Bell Calloway
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 12 minutes 

In this animated depiction of a calamitous first date, Robin Harris hits it off with the gorgeous Jamika (Vanessa Bell Calloway), whom he meets at her boss’ funeral. On the ride back, Harris is introduced to her well-behaved son, and asked if he wants to go with them to the amusement park the next day. Harris accepts, and arrives to find three more children joining them. Jamika is watching her friend Bebe’s kids — which is the beginning of Harris’ problems.

Bebes kids is simple but gripping. It’s a nostalgic whirlwind of 90’s Proud family type aesthetic. Brings back a lot of memories even if you’ve never watched anything like it. It’s full of R & B, hip hop, and pop culture references. The whole movie is subsequently an adventure and everything is very unexpected. It has many undertones about black kids perceived as “trouble” like robots and other adults who undermine the kids. However, the kids challenge those stereotypes in some ways when they use their wit and skills to get out of many difficult situations. 

Aya of Yop City

  • Year: 2012
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
  • Director: Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie
  • Starring: Aïssa Maïga, Tatiana Rojo, Tella Kpomahou, Jacky Ido
  • Language: French 
  • Runtime: 1h 24 minutes 

Nineteen-year-old Aya, a studious girl, prefers to stay indoors but constantly helps all her friends. However, Aya also has troubles and secrets of her own. The biting social commentary is what makes “Aya de Yopougon” an ultimately watchable adult cartoon. Too bad its dull style prevents it from being the masterpiece it could have been. But, in the end, even though you will not have had the time of your life, you will not have wasted your time, which is not that bad after all.

Zarafa 

  • Year: 2012
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Director: Jean-Christophe Lie, rémi bezançon
  • Starring: Joe Ochman, Max renaudin, Scott rayow, Simon abkarian
  • Language: French
  • Runtime: 1hr 18m

An escaped Sudanese slave, Maki, befriends a baby giraffe, Zarafa, who helps him fight all odds and obstacles that come in his way as he travels from Africa to Paris. Zarafa is a gorgeously delicate hand-drawn animation about the first giraffe to make the perilous journey from Africa to 19th-century Paris. Its story is entertaining and the multiple messages it espouses are all valid and important ones

Afro Samurai: Resurrection

  • Year: 2009
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Director: Fuminori Kizaki
  • Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Mark Hamill, Yuri Lowenthal
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1hr 37m

The legendary master is forced back into the game by Sio, a deadly woman from his past. She won’t stop attacking until Afro gets schooled in the brutal lessons he dealt to those who stood in his way. Afro Samurai is unlike any other animes with its American style that keeps it predominantly Japanese but with an black American feel to it. Great visuals not for kids and audio great voices can’t ask for better. 

The Princess and the Frog

  • Year: 2009
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Director: John Musker, Ron Clements
  • Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 37 minutes

A young waitress, Tiana, embarks on a hilarious adventure after her fateful kiss with a frog prince who cannot wait to be human again. The animation is stunningly beautiful (even the end credits are gorgeous), the soundtrack is fantastic, and there are so many wonderful characters it’s hard to choose a favorite. The main character, Tiana, is hardworking, ambitious, and intelligent. Yes, part of the story is her falling in love with a man, but that isn’t her goal in the movie, and it isn’t the point of the story. They story is all about being true to yourself, working hard for what you want and believing in yourself. It’s also about realizing what’s important in life, and not getting so wrapped up in how you think life should go that you miss out on other great things.

Chico & Rita

  • Year: 2010
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
  • Director: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
  • Starring: Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Oña, Mario Guerra, Jon Adams
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 34 minutes 

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. Perfect movie with a combination of cinema and mesmerising music. Chico & Rita” is that rare thing, a cartoon for adults, with a bittersweet take on love and fate and a romantic’s view of the night.

Lilo & Stitch

  • Year: 2002
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
  • Starring: Chris Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 25 minutes

Stitch, an extraterrestrial entity, heads straight to planet Earth after he escapes his prison, where he tries to impersonate a dog. Things take a turn when Lilo adopts him from an animal shelter. The direction is solid, as is the animation. The water, and backdrop of Hawaii is desirable. The characters are developed, unlike most Disney classics, and lovable. You can identify with these characters and feel for them, and yes, Stitch does qualify in that category. His battered emotions, as well as the also adorable Lilo, are part of what makes this film so moving. This is an original, funny, and extremely heartwarming film that I highly recommend to families.

Kirikou And The Sorceress

  • Year: 1998
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Director: Michel Ocelot
  • Starring: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N’Diaye, Awa Sène Sarr
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 14 minutes 

The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell: the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. He wants to rid the village of the curse so he goes on a voyage to the Forbidden Mountain, where the Wise Man of the Mountain, who knows of Karaba and her secrets, awaits him. This charming animated feature is a welcome antidote to the relentless cutesiness inherent in so many child-oriented toons. 

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn 2

  • Year: 1998
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
  • Director: Eric Radomski 
  • Starring: Dominique Jennings, Micheal jai white, Pamela Adlon, Keith David
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 2hr 47m

Spawn – having become plagued by nightmares – discovers that his former Special Forces partner, Chapel, was the one who murdered him. Their paths inevitably cross when Chapel attempts to steal military weapons for Jason Wynn. Upon his return to “life”, Spawn seeks out Wanda, who had apparently got over the grief of having lost Al and married another man, Al’s best friend Terry Fitzgerald with whom she seemingly had a daughter, Cyan. Terry, a respectable man, works for a man named Jason Wynn. Wynn is a black-market arms dealer, amongst other things (such as the head of certain government organizations, one of which dispatched Al and his team to Vietnam), and is revealed to be the man responsible for the death of Al Simmons due to a disagreement the two had between each other. You’ll how dark the movie is, to experience it give it a watch 

Soul 

  • Year: 2020
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Director: Pete Docter
  • Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House 
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 40 minutes

A jazz musician, stuck in a mediocre job, finally gets his big break. However, when a wrong step takes him to the Great Before, he tries to help an infant soul in order to return to reality. Soul is well worth signing up for the service, as it’s one of the very best Pixar efforts in years. Soul is perhaps the most existentially ambitious film ever attempted by Disney. Soul live up to Pixar’s own impossibly high standards, it represents the very best the studio has to offer: beauty, humour, heart, a gut-punch of an existential crisis. The children will laugh and cheer; the adults will sob until their muscles ache. If you’re looking for the best Christmas movie with your family soul is the best choice.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • Year: 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
  • Director: Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman
  • Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali 
  • Language: English 
  • Runtime: 1h 56 minutes

After gaining superpowers from a spider bite, Miles Morales protects the city as Spider-Man. Soon, he meets alternate versions of himself and gets embroiled in an epic battle to save the multiverse. The story is also complex and real. The amount of attention put into the writing has made this story so believable, despite easily tackling concepts such as multiple realities and super-powered individuals. Overall, nothing I could say could do this film justice. This is a film that me and so many other comic book fans have been waiting for and oh boy, we were in for a treat. This film was dedicated to the memories of the creators of Spider-Man, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and this film couldn’t have honoured them in any better way.

Wrapping up…

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