Every child has spent their childhood watching animated films. Wouldn't it be great if they could carry on enjoying the beauty of animation even as adults? Who said animated films are only for kids anyway? While adults might have appreciated films like Finding Nemo and Shrek, there are enough examples of animated films for adults. And by adult animation, we don't mean what you might be thinking. We're talking about animated films that are adult-oriented; films with a certain level of maturity, films that most kids wouldn't really understand to enjoy. Check out our list of 10 such adult animation films we recommend.
Sausage Party (2016)
The perfect example of an animated film for adults only, due to its carnal content. Starring an ensemble cast, it is the first CGI-animated film to be rated R by the MPAA. The satirical comedy follows a sausage who tries to discover the truth about his existence and goes on a journey with his friends to escape their fate.
This unique stop-motion film by Charlie Kaufman follows a lonely customer service expert who perceives everyone as identical (appearance and voice) until he meets a unique woman in a Cincinnati hotel. This one is a masterpiece on the human condition, themed on existentialism.
Waking Life (2001)
This peculiar film by Richard Linklater is a work of art by itself. Shot live, then roto-scoped, then animated, this film realistically brings about the perception of being in a dream. It explores a wide range of philosophical issues including the nature of reality, dreams, consciousness, the meaning of life, free will, and existentialism. Sweet dreams.
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Another similarly animated film by Richard Linklater. The film tells the story of identity and deception in a near-future dystopia constantly under intrusive high-tech police surveillance in the midst of a drug addiction epidemic. Dark!
A festival winner, this film is not only animated but also monochromatic. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.
Spirited Away (2001)
This touching tale of a little girl stuck in a spirit world is for everyone of all ages. It is the highest-grossing film in Japanese history and is ranked as one of the greatest animated films ever.
Perfect Blue (1997)
This film follows a singer who quits her band to become an actress and sheds her 'good girl' image. As she goes deeper and deeper into her first role, she starts to lose her perception of what is real and what is fiction. Directed by Satoshi Kon, this is an anime film that is to be taken very seriously.
Made by the director of Perfect Blue, this dreamy film is about a research psychologist who uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. A complete fantasy trip.