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Does anyone know of any good animation that was made in the US and that isn't a sitcom or made for kids. Does it even exist? If no then why not?
Just looking for some insight on this. I'm still pretty new to Anime in general and i've been wondering about this. I do remember watching ATLA way back and watching LoK more recently but it's like these were the only good animated shows made.
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Tomi-kun- wrote:

Does anyone know of any good animation that was made in the US and that isn't a sitcom or made for kids. Does it even exist? If no then why not?
Just looking for some insight on this. I'm still pretty new to Anime in general and i've been wondering about this. I do remember watching ATLA way back and watching LoK more recently but it's like these were the only good animated shows made.


Neil Degrasse Tyson's Cosmos?

Edit; If you count CGI, Discovery channel Dinosaurs series Examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQX7JYQjDOQ
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I personally don't know many animations made in the US that are not sitcom or for kids. I believe the reason why is because most Americans associated animation with cartoons that are ideally focused on kids. Comics and early cartoons in American culture were that fantasy world that provided morals that parents wanted to teach their kids and such (ie: courage, responsibility, preseverance) as well as fuel the entertaiment business and make money off of the American consumers.
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Avatar: The Last Airbender was marketed for kids but I think anyone can enjoy it.
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The 70's and 80's had a lot of experimentation going on with movie length animation.

Rock and Rule
Heavy Metal
Lord of the Rings
Wizards
American Pop
Fritz the Cat
Fire and Ice

These are all the ones I can think of right now but there was more then this.
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The obvious three that come to my mind is "Archer", a James Bond spoof that mixes comedy and action; Avatar: The Last Airbender; and RWBY.

Mostly, however, it depends a bit on what you mean by "made for kids".

In television, Ren & Stimpy and Beevis & Butthead were both very popular shows that relied on one-liners and gross-out humor (and not situation comedy), and were aimed at teenage and college audiences. (Although most shows inspired by them have drifted back towards sit com, thanks to The Simpsons.)

Antz, Shrek (at least the first one) & The Fantastic Mr. Fox were clearly not made for elementary school audiences: they are at times crass, they are slower moving, and the humor is going to fly over the heads of most children.

I would also throw a few of the Pixar movies in that camp, even though all of them are children appropriate. The Incredibles is an ode to Super Hero fiction, that most of young children haven't read. Wall-E is a clever romance and environmentalist morality tale whose themes will fly right over the heads of most children. And, most notably, Up is a meditation on the grieving and aging whose themes cannot possibly be understood by younger viewers.

Still, it is true that American animation is dominated these days by Disney/Pixar (whose movies are all at least watchable by children), Nickelodeon (most of which is clearly aimed at kids), and a plethora of Simpsons inspired shows. There isn't a lot of Action/Adventure animation not aimed at the Nickelodeon/Sat Morning crowd, and very little in the way of Drama aimed at anyone.
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wyrvan wrote:

The 70's and 80's had a lot of experimentation going on with movie length animation.

Rock and Rule
Heavy Metal
Lord of the Rings
Wizards
American Pop
Fritz the Cat
Fire and Ice

These are all the ones I can think of right now but there was more then this.


Fantastic selection! I'd like to add Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2, The Hobbit, The Return of the King and pretty much ANY animated movie by Ralph Bakshi. DC and Marvel comics (as well as numerous Indy comic companies) have made anime especially directed toward adults in the last decade ... some very dark and disturbing at times (the Spectre short and the beheading of a well-known hero in one of the latest Justice League movies by DC Comics for example). Even tv shows such as Buffy and Supernatural have had anime features made (technically they were made in Japan, although based on U.S. Properties). I also recall Flight of the Dragons being quite fantastic.
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Batman Beyond. That show was awesome, and I believe it's on Netflix, or it was a year ago.
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Avatar The Last Air Bender and RWBY for anime unless you're looking for something more along the lines of something that the average american would find appealing.
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Btb1213 wrote:

I personally don't know many animations made in the US that are not sitcom or for kids. I believe the reason why is because most Americans associated animation with cartoons that are ideally focused on kids. Comics and early cartoons in American culture were that fantasy world that provided morals that parents wanted to teach their kids and such (ie: courage, responsibility, preseverance) as well as fuel the entertaiment business and make money off of the American consumers.


-Boondocks
-family guy
-American Dad
-archer
-and a million more, those are just the most popular
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