Sean Tirman. Category: Entertainment. For a very long time, animated features were looked at as entertainment exclusively meant for children — with Disney likely largely responsible for this widespread perspective.
Ever since Japanese animation also known as anime crossed continents and became popular with generations of American viewers, hotly contested debates have persisted as to which is superior: Japanese or American animation. Some American animators and animation enthusiasts criticize the Japanese style and methods as lazy, while some Japanese animation enthusiasts view the American style as clunky or too comical. The look and feel of Japanese animations differ from American animations most clearly in the design of human characters.
The man at the head of the Studio Ghibli has directed no less than 34 animes, many of them had a massive success in Japan and abroad. But with the years the word has been used abroad so much to refer to Japanese animation movies that it now refers only to that. The earliest Japanese animation movies date from the beginning of the 20th century at the same time that cartoons appeared in western countries.
You love anime but what tops this list of the best anime series ever made? Top anime series include shows like Death NoteAttack on Titanand so much more. The blanket term "anime" in the US can refer to any animation originating in Japan, and specifically differentiates a few aspects of Japanese animation from more Western styles.
The time when cartoons were seen as fodder to amuse kids for a couple of hours is officially dead. In the coming months, kids will have to make do with Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa in cinemas, while older audiences will be offered an animated choice of Fear s of the Dark, Waltz with Bashir and The Spirit. And on Sunday evening, Channel 4 will also be showing the latest batch of Animate Projects, films that explore the boundaries between contemporary art and animation.
To celebrate a new addition to the canon, we decided to open up the VHS vaults and share some memories of the best adult animation collections we ever watched. Under the supervision of Ivan Reitman, eight studios around the world produced short, inter-connected stories with voice acting by John Candy, Eugene Levy, and other Canadian comics and a soundtrack of rock bangers by Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and more. The same year saw the release of Robot Carnivalanother collection of Japanese short animations by a variety of directors.
Not that filmmakers didn't try to make it otherwise: Warner Bros' Looney Tunes team famously peppered their ostensibly youth-oriented talking-animal shorts with a sarcastic sensibility and pop-culture references meant to hold an adult attention-span, and no less than Walt Disney himself envisioned 's Fantasia which paired abstract and expressionistic animated sequences with classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski as a bid for establishing animation's capability for more sophisticated subject matter. Unfortunately for Walt, mainstream audiences largely shrugged the film off until its popularity was revived in the '70s, largely as a "trip" experience for psychedelic drug users. Such features still make up a minority of overall animation production, however.
These films have fans all around the world, and they're definitely worth watching. Perhaps, for some of you, one of these films will be your introduction to a new world of Japanese animation. Apparently, being a single mom of half-human, half-wolf children.
Anime series and films may look like cartoons, but many are far from childish. These selections are complex, graphic, and engaging on a very adult level. Some are even R rated for sex and violence—a long way from the world of Pokemon!