When someone asks you to think of an animated film, what's the first film that comes to mind? Is it a family friendly film? Is it one from the Disney canon? Does the plot involve talking animals or a princess longing for her charming prince?
Are you under the impression that all animated films are just merely cartoons existing to pacify the ADD addled minds of children and teenagers?
Bill Plympton, William Kentridge, and Jan Svankmajer are three world renown animators, who don't have a Disney film in their separate yet overflowing film resume, would beg to differ.
So what's your favorite animated films (not intended for children) created with an adult audience in mind? [As a sidebet: Who will be the first person to sincerely mention animated porn as their favorite animated films?
Below are six random favorites of mine:
(2008): An Australian production that has its characters ponder the meaning of life... and suicide.;
(2007) A modern day rendition of Dante's vision of Hell. And even though Pat Benatar tried to make you believe it as such, Hell isn't for children.;
Grave of the Fireflies
(1988): Despite having two children for the main protagonists, this film is one of the most difficult to watch antiwar films ever created.
(2000): A gory Czech fairy tale that would make the Grimm Brothers smile (and not the modern politically correct/sanitized Grimm Brothers of the Disney world).
(1998): Animated Hitchcock. The chief characters of this film are paranoia and self-doubt.
Waltz with Bashir
(2008): An Israeli documentary film about a soldier trying to remember his part in the brutal Lebanese conflict.