The movie industry is always looking for the right audiences to sell to, and no age bracket is more lucrative to them than the kiddies. The children can consistently bring in big numbers if they're interested enough to beg their parents to go, and then they want popcorn and candy and soda and please please pleeeease mommy! Love for movies starts in most people at a young age, and while adults may roll their eyes at "G-Force," they'll reluctantly be dragged by their kids or nieces and nephews to see it. However, not all kids movies have proven to be only for children. Recently "Where the Wild Things Are
" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox
" came out, and neither of them are exactly geared toward children alone. In fact, adults come out of those either more upset or more amused than their little ones, so it's not just children who can find appeal in the genre. Here's a look at animated movies that adults can enjoy even more than their kids.
Really almost ever Pixar movie could be placed in this category, because that brilliant company loves to give both parents and kids something to laugh about. Yet their underlining themes are usually very adult and serious, whether that's a mid-life crisis in "The Incredibles
" or a father's love for his son in "Finding Nemo
." Their newest film "Up" was one of the most emotional journeys they took so far from the very beginning. It features a lonely old man Carl and the promise he made to his recently dead wife, and the lengths he'd go to make it happen. The relationship he has with the young Wilderness Explorer Russell is the foundation of the film. Two men, one young and one old, on a journey together. Sure there's a talking dog and a crazy explorer and a giant bird, but it's really Carl finding new reason to live and Russell finding a male role model that matters. The movie was bold in its choice of main characters, and they might have been annoying were they separated and in any other film, but together they were magic.
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
This movie is something of a no-brainer in the adult category, because "South Park" was offending people on television for years before they put out a film. It was actually in the Guinness World Records 2001 edition for the most swears in an animated film, so this film is certainly not for anyone under the age of 17. That's part of what makes it amazing. This social satire is about the overreaction of the public to 'offensive' material and the lengths they would go to censor it. "South Park" always enjoys pushing the envelope and causing outrage, and this movie will certainly do that to any sensitive viewers. It is a musical and one of the main songs was nominated for an Oscar that year, although they lost to Phil Collins. Do not watch this film if you hate swears, potty humor, sodomy, or ruthless commentary on pop culture. Otherwise it may be two of the funniest hours you spend watching a movie. I dare you to not hum "Blame Canada" for a week afterward.
Technically a great deal of Japanese films could be on this list because many of their animated films are literally made for any age bracket to enjoy. Animation is not strictly for children, as can be seen in their serious manga and anime television shows. "Spirited Away" is the first anime film to win an Academy Award, and it had already surpassed $200 million dollars in the box office before it hit the USA. This exceptional film is about a young girl named Chihiro who has to save her parents from an evil witch's spell by becoming a servant. Through her kindness and affection to another servant Haku, she goes on a magnificent and dangerous journey to be freed. "Spirited Away" is on the creepy side with a great deal of horrific visual moments that might startle children. Adults on the other hand will enjoy this fairy tale for its unique beauty and oddness.
The Last Unicorn
Over twenty years later and "The Last Unicorn" is still one of the most moving animated films of its day, but with its violence, death, and emphasis on identity, it really was not the best for children. Yes there are unicorns and nice songs and true love, but there is also a violent bull, a murderous King, and the planned extermination of an entire race. The last unicorn is transformed into a human to save her from a rampaging fire bull that hunts her down, and while a human she falls for the King's adopted son Lir. Still, she is what she is and even if Lir saves her from his father, they aren't meant to be together. There is a great deal of emotional depth and serious thematic questioning about identity and choice, and these are all things adults will draw from the film more than their children.
Oooh, bunny rabbits, aren't they so cute and ... why the heck are they trying to kill one another? Why is there so much blood? Who made this film?! I'm going to go cry in the corner now.
Story by Chelsea Doyle
Starpulse contributing writer
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