• Rachel Wagner

    I think Rick and Morty has helped some with normalization of mature animation but you are definitely right. Most of the good films have been foreign like Waltz with Bashir and Chico and Rita

    • Ahh Rick and Morty is a favorite of mines, particularly the Rick Potion #9 episode which I view as the ultimate screw you to sitcoms always ending with everything back to normal. Thanks for reading 🙂

      • Rachel Wagner

        That is a good one. I love the end of season 1 with the multiple realities

        • Definitely, of course the season 2 finale has me anxiously waiting for 3 to see more, unless they pull a cruel joke and focus on another Rick for season 3 without resolving that cliffhanger until another time, though I’d suppose that’d be a total Rick thing to do.

          • Rachel Wagner

            Oh that would be cruel!

    • Baymax

      Waltz With Bashir was a great film, and deserves it’s place in film history for being the first animated documentary.

      • Rachel Wagner

        Another fantastic choice

  • I can’t believe this actually got in, I honestly assumed it was passed over, but I’m glad to see one of my pieces go in 🙂 If any of you enjoy this I do have my own blog (sorry for the self promotion I’m just happy

  • But adult animation already is happening. We just don’t see it as an animated film, we see it as a live-action film with a large amount of VFX (Avatar, The Jungle Book (2016), most superhero movies).

    • Yes but I’m referring to pure animation, why must animation feature live-actors to be considered adult?

      • Just to be clear, you’re looking for movies with the following qualities:

        1. Completely animated, no live action whatsoever
        2. Only aimed at adults, not child-friendly
        3. Raunchy stuff is okay, but you’re looking at it as a means to an end. The ideal would be animated movies that deal with actual mature subject matter, not immature subject matter.

        Anything other criteria necessary?

        • I wouldnt say not child friendly just mot aimed to please them for example Citizen Kane is technically child friendly but most kids wont grasp or care for the content. Otherwise yes basically.

  • Baymax

    I remember someone (I forgot who, if it was you, congrats) commented that if HTTYD was live action, and had everything in common, it would get a PG-13.

    • I can’t remember ever saying that here, but I have thought that, may be a case of great minds thinking alike. And yes there are mature ones, but it’d be nice to see more that don’t decide to add things for kids, for example the original SHREK was a bit mature because aside from adult jokes (which most try having now) the movie wasn’t dumbing down its material, the characters sweared and handled everything in a somewhat respectable manner, the sequels came by and toned that down. Anyway thanks for reading.

  • Baymax

    In the west we are having a lack of “adult” animated films, but there are plenty of mature ones (internationally).
    You have the political commentaries:
    Animal Farm
    Zootopia
    Grave of the Fireflies

    The Depressing Ones:
    Mary and Max
    Watership Down
    Plague Dogs

    Comedies:
    Road to El Dorado
    Shrek (with the adult jokes)

    And, (probably the most effective), Horror
    Coraline
    Paranorman

    • Tim Tran

      but all of these except for the 3 depressing ones can be immediately shunned by the special snowflakes because they’re either not scared, don’t find them funny, or think they’re just cute films and we’re just “overanalyzing” it. And because they themselves don’t feel the movie, will say it’s for kids coz it doesn’t affect them.

      • If someone doesn’t understand the political commentary in the politics ones listed, they are absolute fools. Grave of the Fireflies is about the bombing of Japan for God’s sake.

    • Alisce

      Just google paprika anime……all the adult stuff you ever wanted.

    • haha or you could watch Perfect Blue which is definitely “adult”.

  • Marielle

    That is actually a compelling argument and I appreciate the fact that the author acknowledges that I might be grossed out by raunchy sausage humor 😛

    • Having read the script even I got grossed out by some but in all fairness I do admire the kind of humot in the movie so I’m not bothered by it. Thanks for reading 🙂

  • I understand the points being made, but I personally cannot support films with content that I personally don’t approve of. Anyone else can do though if they’d like.

    • Understandable but thanks for reading anyway!

    • Kirk12

      I’d like to know what you meant by that further. I don’t approve of murder, for instance, but I wouldn’t suggest that a film about the Mafia should be about a group of friendly guys who run an honest business together.

      But then it’s all about the context for me. I wouldn’t recommend revenge killing for instance, but that doesn’t change the fact that Django Unchained is a damn fun movie to watch and it does what it’s trying to do very well.

      • I see it as if I support a film with that raunchiness, then the studio will be convinced to make more films the same way since it was a box office success. And I wouldn’t want that. But that’s just me.

        • Kirk12

          I guess I didn’t realize you meant financially support. Because I could personally support the making of slasher films, for instance, in that I feel people have the right to make them, but I personally would not pay to see them or financially support them in any way, because I don’t think most of them are well made.

  • brandon

    Will there still be R-rated animated films being made after Sausage Party? Yes. Will R-rated animated movies explode in popularity in the US after Sausage Party? I don’t know, that is a question that will have to be answered only by box-office numbers.

    • That’s my point, yes they will happen, but the only way they’ll continue to happen is if one succeeds big time. Case in point, DEADPOOL becomes a massive success, now more studios are open to R-rated superheroes.

    • Jeremiah Bok

      Yulgth, I hope not. Not ones like this anyway.

  • Harith Sami

    I’m I the only one who thinks that Hollywood sometimes acts like a teenager who starts screaming and swearing and acting aggressively while talking about inappropriate things and thinks that will make him appreciated by the adults ?

    • No that very much defines Hollywood, thing is sometimes there is a hint of brilliance within that swearing, which I can appreciate, but that youthfulness can be a bit much when aimed poorly.

  • I think we’ll see more adult humored animated features regardless. I was born in 1990. Like many others, I’m very much a part of the “cartoon” generation. We had Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network playing cartoons 24/7. I grew up with cartoons, and I continue to enjoy them. Animation companies know this. (Thus, Toy Story 3, and Andy going to college.) I saw Finding Dory on Saturday. The huge theatre was packed, and I would argue that at least 90% of the people were adults. Even the humor in the film was mostly geared toward adult audiences. I think the “cartoons are for kids” stigma comes from older generations.

    • Oh absolutely, I do think there will be more eventually, but in terms of how long it takes, I think it will speed up once you get one that succeeds big time. As I brought up before, Fritz the Cat was a success back when it was released, which did result in a few more “adult cartoons” for the years that followed, it’s just that those films did come to an end a few years after once they weren’t succeeding as often. I do agree that stigma comes from older generations (largely the 50’s and 60’s kids, er now very much adults) but it won’t go away so easily, while you and I may love animation regardless of age, there are plenty more who still view animation as kids only, with their exceptions being nostalgic films, would a large majority of the people watching FINDING DORY watch something like STORKS by themselves? Probably not, DORY is being watched by a lot of adults because Pixar is a respectable enough brand for some, while also being the sequel to something many grew up on. Anyway thanks for reading 🙂

  • I agree with the mindset of this argument – that animation should tell stories for adults as well as children – but I strongly disagree that Sausage Party is in any way “mature” (as in responsible, thoughtful, or intelligent) – at least in how it’s presented itself through trailers. Cheap cynicism, gross out gags, and shock value are only mature in that they aren’t appropriate for kids.

    I believe true maturity is found in films like A Man for all Seasons or The Winslow Boy – films that are definitely not for kids, but are still completely appropriate for them.