For decades, Annecy has become, for a week in mid-June, the capital of animated cinema. With its incredibly rich festival, offering previews of blockbusters but above all unearthing the talents of tomorrow and seeing nuggets that should be important in the months to come, Annecy is an unmissable event in the seventh art.Among the few films that we have seen this year, here are the ones that have marked us the most and that you should follow closely.Le Petit Nicolas – What are we waiting for to be happy?We had missed it during its presentation in Special Session at Cannes, and it was one of the events of this 2022 edition of the Annecy festival. It must be said that an animated version of the adventures of the famous kid born from the imagination of Sempé and Goscinny had something to arouse everyone’s curiosity. For multiple reasons. Already because the latest live action versions, whatever one may think, have not succeeded in perfectly transcribing the atmosphere and the universe of the comic strip. Also because the choice to reproduce the drawing of the immense Sempé was intriguing, as well as the idea of mixing the story of the life of the authors with that of the toddler. And this is where all the emotion of this feature film emerges. Because, more than a feature film around Little Nicolas, it is two geniuses in action who teach us more about the very discreet Sempé, and the reflections brought about by the death of Goscinny (the fact of losing sight of his friends, the relationship of the artist to his work) are upsetting. All with a sublime drawing, crazy storytelling and staging ideas and music by Ludovic Bource (The Artist).Le Petit Nicolas – What are we waiting for to be happy? will be released in theaters on October 12. The Sea Monster Netflix surprised animation aficionados by announcing that Chris Williams, the man behind The New Heroes and who co-directed Moana and participated in the writing of Kuzco and Lilo and Stitch, will offer his new feature film directly on the platform, leaving the house with big ears. It remained to be seen what his Sea Beast would look like, and if he would hold the course. Spoiler: he holds it. Already because the animation is sublime. The grandiloquence of the creatures impresses as much as the work of the details and of a staging taking up the codes of films of this genre. Except that, more than a Moby Dick-style Pirates of the Caribbean with the look of the Dragons trilogy, The Sea Monster is a successful pamphlet against fishing, as entertaining as it is ambitious and clever. The Sea Monster will be released on Netflix on July 8.Khamsa – Le Puits de l’oublieThis is a name to remember because, the feature film having no distributor at the time of writing, it will be necessary to scrutinize how this funny d he film object, which was in itself a small event – it is the first Algerian animated film shown in Annecy, just that. video game. The animation, the rhythm, the contrast between the character and his settings, which are often huge… It’s hard not to have the impression of seeing a long cinematic of a hybrid between Journey, Monument Valley, Sable and even Breath of the Wild or Hollow Knight.In this dreamlike quest of little Adi, who has gone in search of his memories, hides a lot of symbols that it is up to everyone to analyze (some see it as a film on the place of the sacrificed children, where, for d others, it is the ghost of the war that hangs around). It’s short, very beautiful plastically, surprising in its rhythm and its structure resembling only a little bit of a film. To see, then.