What Do You Mean Its Not For Kids / Animated Films
9: Despite the dark tone of the advertisements, some of which explicitly state it's not for kids, many parents took their kids to see it anyway. Most of the younger ones were in tears by the middle of the film. And to top it off, the official trailers heavily alluded to the deaths of several characters, one of whom dies screaming in terror right before having his soul sucked out. Yet parents still took their kids to see it and then complained about the dark material.
AKIRA was first released in an English dub in the late 1980s. The film managed to break Japan out of the Animation Age Ghetto in American eyes, containing a lot of violence (including a few exploding heads, people being smashed, and blown into gibs), a near rape scene, and a few utterly disturbing sequences. It even had strong suggestions of homosexuality in some characters - which back then was far less hilarious than it is today.
Don't let the title of Animal Farm, along with its Disneyesque animation, the cute animals, and its PG rating fool you; it's a very violent film which has many animal deaths depicted, both onscreen and offscreen.
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children at first glance looks like an innocent children's film judging by the cast of cute Funny Animals and an art style that wouldn't look out of place on a children's book. But beyond that is Nightmare Fuel that even adults would find legitimately disturbing, Family-Unfriendly Violence and death, swearing, drug use, implied themes of mental illness, and the fact that the setting is a Crapsack World that sets a bleak tone for the movie. Definitely not for children.
Beowulf: Yet another movie marketed as another summer action-y film. Apparently terrified children were taken to see it.
The Breadwinner is a very serious and mature film about life in Afghanistan. Violence towards women is shown, an 11-year-old girl is seen being whipped by a guy because she didn't dress properly, a woman is seen being beaten and is shown with a black eye, a girl falls on the ground and her nose starts bleeding, a guy tries to shoot two kids with a gun, the same 11-year-old girl's father is taken to prison and is implied to have been beaten, a boy says his dad was killed by the Russians, a guy threatens to kill a woman's child, and there's a war that starts with gunfire.
The DC Universe Animated Original Movies are made strictly for a grown up audience, with many of these movies pushing the PG-13 rating to its limit and in some cases, go straight to R. The movies feature intense, often graphic violence, surprisingly common swearing, and ramped-up sensuality. Despite this, some parents think that because it's animated and they're superhero movies, that they must be in line with the more kid-friendly DC Animated Universe (which itself could get pretty damn dark), and thus perfectly acceptable for kids.
Felidae is an animated film about cute little cats solving a mystery, right? Yes, and along the way we see graphic disembowelment (in one case involving a pregnant female), a cat with her head torn clean off, sex scenes, alcoholism, cursing, truly horrific animal abuse (involving a cat's skin getting burned off with acid), a suicide cult, a highly disturbing nightmare sequence involving rotting, screaming cat corpses being used as puppets, and at one point, full-frontal human nudity (female and male). That's an impressive list for a film about animated cats.
Those picking up Grave of the Fireflies thinking it to be cheery Ghibli fare are treated to maggot-infested corpses and children dying of starvation. It is occasionally placed in the kids' section, and yes, it was originally made as a double feature with My Neighbor Totoro, but the entire movie can be summarized with "From Bad to Worse". Not to mention that some DVD prints of it say "Suitable for ages 3+" on the back cover. You'd think the word "grave" would be enough of a hint, though. It's even more so in the recent releases because it has a TV-PG rating. Even worse, the German release was rated 6 and up.
Hell and Back (2015): Since it's a stop-motion animated movie similar in style to The Nightmare Before Christmas, or the holiday specials made by Rankin/Bass Productions, it must be okay for kids, right? Wrong. The word "Hell" in the title alone should be an indication that it's not a kids film. In fact, it's a very dark movie about two friends who are sent to Hell via a carnival ride. On top of that, there's tons of disturbing imagery, plenty of crude sex jokes, and frequent swearing, and it's from the writer of the equally kid-unfriendly Robot Chicken.
Immigrants is a film made by a company who made a lot ofNicktoons, so it should be great for our kids to watch, right? It isn't - it was originally going to be a series, to air on Spike TV (who at the time had a block of adult-oriented cartoons), but the show was scrapped and turned into a Compilation Movie.
The Australian-made claymation film Mary and Max deals with a fair amount of mature themes such as prostitution, suicide, and alcoholism, and also has brief nudity and references to sex. Despite this, every province in Canada gave the film a G rating, and in Australia it received a PG rating. By comparison, Singapore, who actually likely watched the film, gave it a PG-16. The animation style is very cartoony and cute, and one of the protagonists is a child, which doesn't help. There's also a bit of full-frontal nudity of the overweight/obese Max in an Imagine Spot.
The National Film Board of Canada has helped produce an amazing array of creative and revolutionary films, especially animated shorts. Some of them are beloved classics that are great for kids, like "The Log-Driver's Waltz" and "The Hockey Sweater"; others are more adult, either in the sense of having narratives that are boring to children, being experimental and arty, containing flat-out inappropriate material, or some combination of the three. One of the most famous NFB shorts is "The Big Snit", which features a couple arguing over a Scrabble game and culminates in a thermonuclear detonation, for example. However, it's not unheard-of for educators and parents to assume that anything NFB must be G-rated and child-appropriate. Please don't just leave your kids in the care of a DVD of Richard Condie animations because he did "The Cat Came Back".
In Sweden, this movie is rated 11+, despite the heavy cursing, the food getting tortured in shocking ways, and the massive orgy at the end. Similarly, in Norway, the movie is rated 12+.note This is actually because both countries don't have an official rating for movies meant for adult audiences, so they went for the next best thing, which unfortunately happened to be the preteen ratings.
Similarly, in France the movie is rated -12note Which is not PG, as some American media claim. In theory, this means a total ban on younger kids watching the movie (something that even an R-rating doesn't allow), so in practice it's more restrictive than PG-13. Here, it's not a mistake from the rating board, as there do exist higher ratings, it's just that the French system is widely known for being extremely lenient (and more biased against violence than either profanity or sex), which in turn leads to:. Several Moral Guardians tried to raise the rating to -16, -18 or even to ban the movie altogether, since they believe it promotes group sex for children. A French court upheld the -12 rating, not even feeling the need for an extra warning as some stronger -12 films have carried.
They are now sellingplushtoys of the characters. And even better is that the toys are recommended for people as young as 0 months. However, age recommendations on toys are generally for safety purposes rather than content warning.
The Simpsons Movie, similarly to its series, was also assumed to be for all ages. It was even rated U in Malaysia and Japan despite the language, violence, and nudity (of Bart skateboarding naked with a brief genitalia shot); this, combined with the vast amounts of more teen-adult humor filling the movie, was apparently shrugged off as subtle adult humor.
The Danish movie Terkel I Knibe (Terkel in Trouble) actually won an award in Denmark for "Best Kids and Family Film", and its DVD cover even says "The family film of the year" on it. However, a few clips on YouTube should indicate that it is anything but: there's a lot of black humor and sexual references, a crazy uncle who swears and beats up kids who tried to steal his liquor, lots of swearing, an awfully cruel song about a poor starving kid in Thailand who sniffs glue to dull his hunger pains, a girl who takes her own life because of unrequited love, and the fact that the entire plot is about someone trying to kill Terkel, the main character. It was rated 11 in Denmark, but 15 in the UK— an example of Values Dissonance, as very dark, cynical comedy (a la Louie) is much more culturally accepted in Denmark than the UK.
When the Wind Blows has an art style that wouldn't look out of place in a children's book and stars a friendly old couple. It's actually about said couple trying to survive a nuclear war.
Besides scariness, there's the sex-related jokes, a lot of which center on Jessica Rabbit. There are also a few swear words, a plot thread involving Eddie's alcoholism — and let's not forget this is a murder mystery, with several instances of real-life violence, including a man shot several times and left hanging from an editing machine by his necktie.
Disney also would later produce a handful of original Roger Rabbit shorts that were shown prior to movies released under their main title like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Isle of Dogs has animated dogs being sent to a island of trash that a guy wants to blow up, a picture of a boy chopping off a guy's head, a dog biting off another dog's ear, numerous injuries to dogs including some very nightmarish scenes, swearing, and a story that may only make sense to older viewers.