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Actually Adult Cartoons

A list of animated films and shorts that, unlike 90% of almost all mainstream western animation for adults, don’t solely rely on excessive swearing, nudity, sex, drugs, violence, raunchy jokes or general immaturity to be engaging. But rather, treat their audience with respect and/or challenge them with complex, heavy or actually mature themes and ideas, as well as take the time to make you connect with its characters, narratives and scenarios on a level that allows you to take them seriously.

If there are any actually adult cartoons that I haven’t heard of or may have missed, feel free to suggest them in the comments, and I’ll happily put them on this list!

  • The Sinking of the Lusitania
  • The New Gulliver
  • Fantasia
  • Education for Death
  • Neighbours
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Animal Farm
  • 13 Cantos of Hell
  • A Short Vision
  • Very Nice, Very Nice
  • The Millionaire
  • Dead Times
  • The Games of Angels
  • Six Men Getting Sick
  • Why Man Creates
  • Yellow Submarine
  • A Boy Named Charlie Brown
  • How Death Came to Earth
  • Fantastic Planet
  • Three Transitions
  • Hunger
  • Voyage to Next
  • Everybody Rides the Carousel
  • Confessions of a Foyer Girl
  • Watership Down
  • Asparagus
  • Down and Out
  • The Plague Dogs
  • The Secret of NIMH
  • Dance of Death
  • Dimensions of Dialogue
  • Early Bird
  • Late Edition
  • On Probation
  • Palmy Days
  • Sales Pitch
  • Red's Dream
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • Babylon
  • When the Wind Blows
  • How Wang-Fo Was Saved
  • The Captive
  • The Cat Who Walked by Herself
  • War Story
  • Going Equipped
  • Ident
  • Why, Charlie Brown, Why?
  • The Dark Knight's First Night
  • The Sandman
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • The Darra Dogs
  • Ah Pook Is Here.
  • Faust
  • Achilles
  • Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken
  • Toy Story
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Superman - The Last Son of Krypton
  • His Mother's Voice
  • Stage Fright
  • Pony Glass
  • The Iron Giant
  • The Man with the Beautiful Eyes
  • Toy Story 2
  • Brother
  • Daria in 'Is It Fall Yet?'
  • Samurai Jack: Digital Animation Test
  • A Kitty Bobo Show
  • Into the Dark
  • Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie
  • Summer of Camp Caprice
  • Waking Life
  • Daria in 'Is It College Yet?'
  • Destino
  • Finding Nemo
  • Harvie Krumpet
  • Penguins Behind Bars
  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • The Incredibles
  • Shrek 2
  • Salad Fingers
  • John and Michael
  • Corpse Bride
  • Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy
  • The Meaning of Life
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • Peter & the Wolf
  • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
  • Chainsaw
  • Madame Tutli-Putli
  • Persepolis
  • Ratatouille
  • Subservience
  • Sita Sings the Blues
  • Skhizein
  • WALL·E
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • $9.99
  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox