Yes! You heard it right! We usually equate “animated” with “Disney”. Disney movies are always for children, with fairytales and happy endings. But what if some movies actually show some other side of the story, one which was never meant for innocent children? Many of these films are now popular, but faced heavy criticism when they were made. Read on to know about these controversial films!
1. Bambi (1942)
We all know the bitter truth; if one has taken birth, he has to go, be it our friends or parents. This movie is about a mother doe that gives birth to a beautiful fawn named Bambi. Just like other children who grow with their mother’s love and affection and can’t live without them, Bambi is exactly like other kids. The upsetting moment comes when a hunter’s bullet kills Bambi’s mother and Bambi is left alone. The shattering moment is actually a truth of life and children being so naïve and innocent, parents wouldn’t let their children near the movie! So the classic tale didn’t register the same fame as Cinderella, because it showed the realities of life.
2. Persepolis (2007)
The movie is again based on real life incidents from Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The movie is based on her experience during and after the 1979 Islamic revolution. The result is very tragic and eye-opening about children’s suffering. The black-and-white movie, showcasing the horrors of the Iran-Iraq war and the oppressive Islamic fundamentalist regime, is intense and definitely not meant for young viewers!
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Mr. Fox steals from three wealthy farmers every day, to provide for his family. When the farmers come to know about the daily loss they plan to murder Mr. Fox. Mr. Fox’s pregnant wife warns him to start a clean business so that they can live peacefully, but the three wealthy farmers set fire to Mr. Fox’s house! Eventually the family has to live in a tunnel and farmers outside wait for their starvation. What Fox does for survival is what the movie is about. Not a cheery kid flick anymore, is it?
4. Chico & Rita (2010)
In the year 1949 Cuba, Chico, a pianist and Rita, a singer, connect over music. Rita goes on to become a star in the United States, and Rico follows. All this, coupled with realistic portrayals of drinking, smoking, racism, jazz and sex, with political unrest in the background, makes this Spanish flick one to keep away from the children!
5. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
Champion is kidnapped and his grandmother is off to the rescue! This is a comedy movie which shows a miniature old woman who crosses the Atlantic in a pedal boat, two identical Mafiosi who kidnap a Tour De France cyclist and three singers who use dynamite to catch the frogs and eat them for dinner. How they all save Champion and what all they do is what the movie is about.
6. Waking Life (2001)
Richard Linklater, more famous for Boyhood, creates this psychedelic mosaic of his musings on quantum mechanics, neurobiology, reincarnation and the nature of reality.The riveting scenes hold the viewer’s attention and also illustrate the film’s central theme that the world around us may all be a dream. Too easy for a kid right?
7. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
If you are actually in the mood for depression, then you should definitely watch this movie, which is all about bombing and a pair of innocents, Seita and Setsuko, struggling for survival. The two are crushed by the horrors of World War II when their home town is erased and their mother is burnt alive. When they go to live with their aunt it is heartbreaking!
8. When The Wind Blows (1986)
An excellent mix of animation techniques, and a few live action clips, the movie brings out the sad truth of nuclear bombing. It tells the story of Jim and Hilda, two mild mannered pensioners who are living around their spick and span Sussex cottage when a Soviet nuclear strike hits Britain. Jim and Hilda keep calm and carry on but their desperate cheeriness can’t save them from radiation poisoning. Funny and intense in equal measure, this is one tough watch!
9. Yellow Submarine (1968)
Inspired by the music of Beatles in the year 1968, the movie creates a different world of music. The movie has made with reference to the Beatles when suddenly everything changed for them and the things they are left with in the end. Even the antagonists in the movie are allusions to real music companies who drained them. When the Beatles are escaping in their Yellow Submarine they travel along many seas namely Sea of Science, Sea of Holes and many more. How they were and how they are seen now is what the movie is all about!
10. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were- Rabbit (2005)
The town’s annual Giant Vegetable Competition is approaching. The winner of the competition will win the coveted Golden Carrot Award and so everyone is protecting their vegetables like anything. So Wallace and Gromit are cashing in by running a vegetable security and humane pest control business, "Anti-Pesto”. The story exploits some real frauds and is heroic but not meant for children. The movie is also funny in parts and tells you what is important, love or money?
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