In recent years, cartoons have become more and more popular among adults. Ever since the international break out of animes in the 90s, the numbers of cartoons for adults have increased drastically. Even Disney productions aim their animated films to an older audience by creating smart plots and inserting racy jokes. Don’t believe me?
However, no matter how good the storyline or the animation is many will always see cartoons as cute happy-ending stories directed to children. I’m not sure why so many people share this opinion. As long as the film has a good message and a smart way of delivering it, whether it’s starring real actors or it’s animated shouldn’t matter. As a matter of fact, I would much rather prefer an animated movie because they have better effects (if you’re big with sci-fi, this is a huge plus), and it requires a lot of work; therefore, there’s a good chance the final product will be well made.
I also blame the bad image people have of cartoons on large enterprises like Pixar or Disney, who commercialize their content and sometimes tend to make movies unrealistic or even cheesy. And this comes from someone who watched Frozen, at least, a dozen times! But on a more serious note, I’m positive that the animation industry is getting bigger every day and people are more open to the non-conventional.
In a nutshell, I decided to share with you some of the best animations of this decade to prove that animated series can have a meaningful message, and it’s not necessarily aimed at children. Here are 5 European animations worth watching:
Balkanic Inspired Cartoon, The Golden Apple
The Golden Apple is one of the series that I’m most excited to see. A crew of Bulgarians came up with the amazing idea of launching cartoon based on Balkanic mythology and folklore. The fantasy world is in an exotic setting, and it is inhabited by a variety of creatures, divided into forest spirits and humans. If you’re interested to learn more about the series click here to visit Studio Zmei’s website.
2. Award-winning Irish Animation, Song of the Sea
This fantasy animation gains a lot of attention back in 2014, and we’re not surprised why! Song of the sea is about Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, who are going on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.
3. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (the original French title: Jack et la Mecanique du Coeur)
The 19th-century French drama is about a boy whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born. He is told to avoid falling in love at all costs, but he just can’t keep his feelings under wraps any longer. Watch the trailer below for more details:
4. Swedish Animated Movie, Beyond Beyond
The story is about a little rabbit boy, Johan, not old enough to understand the rules of life. Due to a severe illness his mother dies, and she’s carried away by the Feather King. The rest of the movie follows young Johan trying to reunite his family by going on a dangerous yet exciting adventure to save his mother.
5. French Animation Tante Hilda!
The quirky French animation is about Aunt Hilda, who is a nature lover. She suddenly becomes an activist for the environment and its new magical yet harmful solution for hunger: the cereal Attilem.
Japanese Animation The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
I know this animation is Japanese, but I couldn’t help it! The first thing I thought of when I saw this movie was about the character Kaguya in Naruto, however, there’s nothing the two characters have in common besides coming from a different land than earth. But if you find otherwise don’t hesitate to share the information with us in the comment section below!
But let’s stick to the story at hand. The Oscar-nominated movie follows a young woman who struggles with the restraints of nobility, arguing that life should be full of laughter and wonder. Despite coming from another land, she grows very fond of earth and enraptures all who encounter her. Ultimately, she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.
What do you thing about the animated series? If there’s another one that you think should be here let me know!