Animation for Adults or Kids ?

One of the great things about animation is it lets story tellers present a visual work that would be much too expensive or even impossible to do with live actors….

…and the quintessential example of that, not meant for kids, is Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend. Image result for Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend

This is the work that introduced the world to tentacle rape. Debate redeeming qualities, but it’s certain that the studio could not have told this story with live action, and they definitely didn’t intend it for kids.

Animation :

Especially animation aimed at younger audiences, can be extremely enlightening for adults. A lot of the time cartoons capture the same problems kids face on a daily basis, and it’s important to see what stories are resonating with them. At the same time, animated stories provide great teaching moments, allowing adults to put difficult and sensitive issues in a context that kids can understand.

There’s a lot of animation that’s meant for adults only, or that adults enjoy watching along with their families.

Animation lets you take a story and advance it without having to use actors and sets; it’s a lot cheaper, but usually beautifully done. Have you ever watched Kill Bill, Vol. 1?

Image result for kill bill animationRemember the animation sequence in it about the little Chinese girl who saw both her parents get murdered and later murdered the child molester who killed her parents, then went on to become the best assassin in China? That was an example of animation for adults. No way would someone let kids watch that one! That was no ‘cartoon.’

If you like animation, look up on sites like or for animations for adults. If you like any animation, there’s lots of Jap anime out there with wonderful stories.

Two animations to search are Neon Genesis Evangelion and Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040. Tenshi Moyu is a fun one and there are many, many more.Related image

Animation is also a great form of advertising and promotion. Nothing tells a tale more vividly and gorgeously than a work of animation — and yes that goes for the CGI in live-action too.

Some of the Animation mentions

In the recent decades there has been many animated movies and tv shows with adult content not suitable for children, not to mention some productions with deep storylines that would be enjoyable for both adult and children

Some example in the first category include: South Park, Futurama, Rick and Morty, Bojack Horseman for TV; Anomalisa, Justice League Gods and Monsters, Sausage Party for movies.Image result for last airbender

Some example in the second category include: Avatar the Last Airbender, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe for TV; Big Hero 6, Inside Out, How to Train Your Dragon series for movies

If you look closer at the wonderful variety of animated productions I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the depth of content and find an appreciation for the story in these productions. In fact most feature productions these days have a pretty wide range of audience. Related image

Just look at any Pixar, Disney, Dreams, Laika movies that came out in the last ten years. Most if not all of them are enjoyed by children and adult alike. Most recently I went to watch Finding Dory and Secret Life of Pets and to my suprise the theatres were filled with mostly teenagers and adults.