Animation and animated films offer a unique way for filmmakers to express their creativity.
Since everything is made up, animated movies have the opportunity to explore any idea they want and are only hindered by the filmmaker’s creativity (or budget). The problem is that animated movies seem to get a bad reputation amongst the general movie-going audience. People think that if the movie is animated, then it’s automatically a children’s movie. While there are a number of animated films aimed towards children, there are also quite a few movies that people over the age of 13 can enjoy and appreciate. Animation has so much more to offer and there are animated films out there that do more than please young kids.
Here are 8 animated movies that prove that animation isn’t only for little kids.
8. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
The Spider-Man universe is filled with many interesting characters and unique stories to tell and this film perfectly captures that feeling. Miles Morales is the Spider-Man of his reality but he soon encounters different counterparts from different realities. Together, they must stop a threat that endangers all their realities–all while Miles learns to become his own hero. This movie is so much more than just an animated Spider-Man movie. It features interesting storytelling, a stunning animation style, and fun characters from Spider-Ham, to Peni Parker, and Spider-Man Noir. This film is highly regarded as not only one of the best movies of 2018 but the best Spider-Man movie ever. Dismissing this as “just a kids film” will be doing Into The Spider-Verse a great disservice.
7. Akira (1988)
A few films have had a greater impact on animation and the sci-fi genre as Akira. Set in a dystopian Japan in 2019 (yes, you read that right), the movie follows Tetsuo Shima as he acquires psionic powers and threatens the safety of Neo-Tokyo as well as the exposure of a government secret. It’s up to his friend Kaneda and others to stop Tetsuo’s rampage. This film is definitely not for the faint of heart with its over-the-top violence and heavy themes. If you want to watch an animated film that deals with more serious topics, this is the film for you.
6. Persepolis (2007)
Based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel of the same name, Persepolis is about the author’s life as she was growing up before, during, and after the Iranian Revolution. The film is beautifully animated and tells a striking story that is enhanced by its black and white visuals. This animated movie sheds a light on a period of time not many people may be familiar with but should be known about.
5. Grave of The Fireflies (1988)
When it comes to animation studios, a few are more acclaimed than Studio Ghibli. Among their filmography, Grave of The Fireflies serves as one of their best and one of their most emotional. The movie follows a young boy and his little sister as they try to survive warn-torn Japan during World War 2. The film explores dark themes such as the horrors of war and is a bleak look into a brother and his sister’s struggle to survive. Prepare the tissues as this film features one of the saddest deaths in all of cinema.
4. Isle of Dogs (2018)
Wes Anderson is mainly known for his live-action films, but he has made a couple of animated films before. Isle of Dogs, his latest endeavor, is a great example of animation being taken to the next level. This movie is set in Megasaki, Japan in a world where all dogs are sent to Trash Island after an outbreak of dog flu. A young boy named Atari sneaks his way onto the island and with the help of a few dogs, he tries to find his lost dog, Spots. This animated movie uses stop-motion animation to tell a funny, quirky, and touching story of a boy’s love for his dog as well as offer commentary on racism and government corruption.
3. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
As this list shows, just because it’s an animated movie, that doesn’t mean it can’t tackle complex themes and Ghost in the Shell is no exception to this. While the 2017 live-action remake disappointed many, the 1995 animated original still stands out to this day. Major Motoko Kusanagi and her partner Batou are on the hunt for the Puppet Master, a hacker who hacks into the minds of cyborgs and steals their information. Based on the manga of the same name, this groundbreaking film is remembered for its great action sequences, exploration of the idea of what it means to be human, and its influence on modern sci-fi.
2. Sausage Party (2016)
On the outside, Sausage Party looks like any ordinary animated movie but a closer look shows that it is anything but. If you’ve heard about this movie before, you probably know it as one of the dirtiest and R-rated movie released in recent memory. Aside from all the horny jokes and sex orgy at the end of the film, the movie is actually pretty good as it talks about a sausage in a grocery store that learns what it means to have a sense of purpose and the meaning of existence.
1. Perfect Blue (1997)
If this list didn’t make it clear already, Japan is home to some of the best animated movies in the world and Perfect Blue is a good example of this. This thriller follows Mima as she leaves her idol group in order to become a serious actress. Things take a turn for the worse though as Mima gets stalked by an obsessed fan and ghosts from her past starts haunting her. Definitely for a more mature audience, this reality-bending film mixes animation and suspense to offer a tale of fan obsession gone wrong.
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