Best Superhero Movies for Kids

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Animation is often thought to be just for kids when the medium has always been available to adults also. Here are the best animated movies for adults.

Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (1996)

Mike Judge brought his Beavis and Butt-head characters to the big screen in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. Instead of sitting around and watching TV like on the MTV series, the duo hits the road in their big-screen debut, albeit in order to track down their stolen TV.

Judge’s work on Beavis and Butt-Head was an early pioneer in adult-oriented animation on television, and he was one of the first to bring that style from the small screen to the big screen.

The Lord Of The Rings (1978)

Ralph Bakshi set out to animate The Lord of the Rings trilogy across two movies. However, due to problems behind the scenes, Bakshi only ever managed to make the first one, covering The Fellowship of the Ring and the first half of The Two Towers.

Still, Bakshi’s adaptation has become a cult classic over the years. Peter Jackson acknowledged its influence on his own adaptation of Tolkien’s work a couple of decades later.

Ghost In The Shell (1995)

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Its reputation may have been tarnished by its whitewashed live-action remake, but Mamoru Oshii’s original Ghost in the Shell movie from 1995 remains a timeless classic of cyberpunk animation. The animation is gorgeous and the story touches on some challenging themes.

The movie’s influence on The Matrix trilogy was so strong that the Wachowskis apparently pitched the project to studios by screening Ghost in the Shell and telling executives they wanted to basically just do that but in live-action.

Mary And Max (2009)

Inspired by his relationship with his own pen pal in New York, writer-director Adam Elliot made Mary and Max, a stop-motion animated dramedy about an isolated Australian girl and the overweight American with whom she exchanges letters.

The movie’s use of colors to represent its characters, from Max’s dreary noir-tinged palette to Mary’s warm sepia tones, is exemplary, while the story itself is a heartfelt testament to the virtues of human interaction in all its forms.

Fritz The Cat (1972)

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In addition to adapting The Lord of the Rings, or at least half of it, Ralph Bakshi helmed the X-rated animated satire Fritz the Cat. While its comic sensibility doesn’t hold up particularly well today, the revolutions made by Fritz the Cat can’t be understated.

If it hadn’t been for Fritz the Cat pushing adult content and mature themes through an animated prism in the early ‘70s, then we would never have had The Simpsons or South Park.

Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie! 

It’s always a joy to watch when Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith get together for another appearance as Jay and Silent Bob. Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie! adapts Smith’s Bluntman and Chronic comic books for the screen.

The animation style is simplistic, but the crude comedy in Smith’s script is perfect for these characters. The movie has a ton of great moments, including a post-credits stinger in which a cameoing Stan Lee recruits the titular duo onto the Avengers.

These are some of the best animated movies for adults.

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