Thursday, September 07, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Animated Films for Adults
For the first week of September 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We venture into animated films but that are catered toward adults as animated films are often catered towards children but there have been films that are made specifically for a mature audience. Here are my three picks:
1. Fantastic Planet
Based on the novel by Stefan Wul, this French sci-fi animated film revolves around tiny humanoids who are kept as pets and slaves by these large blue aliens leading to a revolt in a faraway planet. It’s a very strange yet entrancing film by Rene Laloux as it does have some political and social commentary yet it has a richness in its two-dimensional hand-drawn animation that is engaging to watch. Even as it has artwork that says a lot about what the universe could be and how aliens can mess it up for the humanoids who would rebel.
2. Heavy Metal
One of the finest cult films of the 1980s that would inspire a much-beloved episode of South Park, the animated film based on the fantasy-comic magazine is an anthology film of sorts with many different stories. All based on an orb that tells the story of the different journeys he took, many of the stories are racy and violent with some humor as it features a lot of the music of the many acts of the early 80s from Journey, Blondie, Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath, and many others. It’s definitely a fucking trip of a film but so fun to watch.
3. Chico and Rita
Set in the world of pre-Castro Cuba during the age of big bands and Cuban jazz, the film is the story of a piano player and singer who both fall in love and dream of making it big as they travel to America where they struggle to gain acceptance. It’s a film that is presented in hand-drawn animation to play into the look of the late 1940s and early 1950s as it also feature some nudity and violence to showcase a couple who love and inspire each other. The film isn’t just filled with rich animation but it has this incredible music soundtrack that really capture a period of the times as well as what makes Cuban music so sumptuous.
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