That’ right mom, cartoons aren’t just for kids!
We usually believe that animated movies are a synonym for children’s’ movies. When we think about animation, so many films pop in our heads, movies that we’d put on to entertain our kids, nephews, or little siblings. However, it’s time to break this very common stereotype, because in the world of animation there’s a huge place for adults who enjoy a good movie.
Are you already into animated films? Are you not really into animation but willing to give it a try? Here’s a list of movies that will prove that animation can be a very grown-up thing:
Get your Kleenex ready because this one will have you in actual tears by the end of it. The Breadwinner (2017) tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl living under the Taliban in Afghanistan with her family. Her father is wrongfully arrested, so Parvana will have to dress up as a boy to support her family. In the journey of becoming the one who brings food to the table, Parvana will discover at an early age how beautiful and cruel the real world can be.
You won’t be able to get your eyes off the screen when you watch this one. In this 2016 Japanese movie, Taki (a high school student from Tokyo) and Mitsuha (a girl living in a rural town), start swapping bodies without an apparent explanation. The movie shows us how these two completely unrelated characters will find out that perhaps they’re more connected than they possibly thought by a bond strong enough to defy time and space. Your Name is the highest-grossing anime film of all time, and through its impeccable animation and complex story, it might become one of your favorite love stories of all time.
Isle of Dogs
Mr. Wes Anderson needs no introduction, and his 2018 movie Isle of Dogs proves his talent for beautifully touching storytelling. This stop motion animated movie is set in a dystopic Japanese city, where due to an outbreak of a canine flu, all dogs must be quarantined on an island. A 12-year-old boy embarks a journey to get to the island and rescue his dog Spots, with the help of a pack of other exiled dogs. This movie reminds us of how kind and brave dogs can be, and why they truly are a human’s best friend. The animation is perfect and the story is super intriguing, so get ready for 101 minutes of pure fun.
Perhaps one of the most famous animated movies ever (and with reason), Persepolis has become an icon for wonderfully rebellious females with a cause. This 2007 film is based on an autobiographical graphic novel written by Marjane Satrapi, who at the same time co-directs the film with Vincent Paronnaud. Persepolis follows young Marjane’s coming of age during the Iranian Revolution. As a rebel soul, she will learn about love, politics, justice (and injustice), and the importance of family and roots, all while immersing herself in the western world that has given her music and punk culture.
Now that you’ve got this list, get your popcorn ready and cancel all plans for the next couple of days, because these movies are everything you’ll need to have a perfect weekend full of wonderful, animated stories.