Animation for Grown-ups

Still from Sita Sings the Blues

Question: What movie mixes an ancient epic story, a modern romantic break up, shadow puppets and the divine crooning of flapper Annette Hanshaw?

Answer: Director Nina Paley's mindbending, captivating, hilarious  Sita Sings the Blues

Sita Sings the Blues

The center of this movie is the ancient story of Sita from the Ramayana.  Sita, the wife of the divine Rama, is abducted by evil forces and undergoes many trials.  The movie also follows a modern day relationship and the attempts of several narrators to accurately remember the events of the Ramayana.  Paley playfully mixes media and styles of art creating a unique movie that feels intuitively connected and universal. 

The film is completely animated and completely grown-up in its perspective.

While most people consider animation a format for children, there is a substantial list of animated movies for grown-ups including these amazing pieces of animation.

Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir

Filmmaker Ari Folman's semi-autobiographical recollection of his time fighting in the Lebanon war.

A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly

Director Richard Linklater's animated adaptation of Philip K. Dick's science fiction novel. The animation suggests a dark, realistic comic book come to disturbing life.

DVD Cover for Fantastic Planet

Fantastic planet

An international Czech and French production that won a special jury prize at the Cannes film festival. It is a science fiction film about giants who treat ordinary sized humans as pets and the eventual revolt of the small humans. The film is famous for its surreal imagery.



The French animated film adaptation of Marjan Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel about coming of age during the Iranian revolution. The film manages to showcase innovative animation and recreate Satrapi's unique, hand drawn art style.

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