Animated movies - made for adults

Who says animated movies are just for kids?

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Many people presume that if a film is a cartoon, it must be aimed at children. While that may once have been the case, studios now churn out a number of animated films with adult ratings each year

The LEGO Batman Movie, a spin-off from the wildly popular LEGO Movie, is aimed at children and adults alike, thanks to its blend of knowing humour, superhero theme, and use of toys. We’ve taken a look at five animations that are strictly for adults.

From 3D to three-screens - the evolution of cinema

Barco are a digital cinema technology developer and the new format promises an entirely new visual experience for the cinema-goer. Bad Robot, producers of Star Trek Beyond, partnered with Barco to produce up to twenty minutes of ultra wide-screen footage to accompany the movie in selected cinemas offering the format.

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Sausage Party

The food products in Sausage Party have a simple goal: they want to be bought by their shop’s customers. Luckily for them, the USA is celebrating Independence Day, so there’s a good chance their wishes will be fulfilled. However, one sausage named Frank and his companion Bun are left stranded, and they notice that life among humans is different to how they expected it to be. As the film’s pun-friendly title suggests, you can expect lots of innuendo and crude jokes.

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A Scanner Darkly

If you sit down to watch Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, you’ll notice that the animation is different to most other cartoons. The film was shot digitally with real actors, before being animated with the graphics programme Rotoshop, which took a total of 18 months. The film is set in a near-future dystopia where people are constantly under intrusive police surveillance during a drug addiction epidemic.

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South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut

By 1999, South Park was already a notorious cartoon on late-night television with foul-mouthed characters. So it was only natural it would make the transfer to the big screen. The film itself certainly shored-up the show’s not-for-children credentials, containing a whopping 399 swear words in its 81-minute runtime. 

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This 2007 epic fantasy film was shot with 3D motion capture and directed by Robert Zemeckis, who used a similar technique when filming The Polar Express three years earlier. It tells the story of warrior Beowulf, who must fight and defeat the monster Grendel, who is terrorising Denmark, and later Grendel’s mother, who starts to kill people out of revenge.

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Based on writer-director Charlie Kaufman’s 2005 play of the same name, Anomalisa was made as stop-motion. It tells the story of the author Michael Stone, who suffers from a perception disorder where everyone he meets has the same face, with completely identical voices. Then he meets Lisa, whose face and voice is different from the others.

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