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Good animation is time consuming and expensive. Big budget studios don't want to take the chance of another animated feature flop so they stick to kids stuff because there is always a fresh new audience who doesn't care about quality or content. Disney gets away with it because it has the name recognition that can still draw in large audiences from many demographics. Sometimes the Studios test the waters and we get Heavy Metal 2000 and A Scanner Darkly but these don't generate near as much revenue as other movies with costly special effects, so we get stuck with Battleship.
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Lifthrasil: There are LOTS of animated films for adults. Just enter some keyword like hentai or ecchi in google. (and turn safe-search off) :-)
At first I laughed at this, then this made me sad because I realised there will not be any new episodes of Kangoku Senkan coming out

Anyway OP, there are actually animated films for adults, they aren't popular or well known but they exist
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Elmofongo: No, and I want to see it badly so please PM me a vid with english subtitiles, because I really want to see it.
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Leroux: Sorry, I have no idea where to watch it on the internet, I saw it on the big screen when it was shown in theaters over here ...

EDIT: Apparantly youtube has it with Spanish subtitles, what's wrong with Spanish?
My problem is I am inept in speaking and understanding spanish (not completely, but still I am still better at english)

Explination:

When I was only 2 years old my mother wanted to take me and my brother to fort bragg when she joined the US army, I stayed there for a few years in a kindergarden school for children with soldier parents and than I start learning to speak english. After I came back to Puerto Rico, my mother decided to take me to Missouri in late 1996 or sometime in 1997 for more Army related things and again my speaking in english increased while my speaking in spanish decreased.

So now I live in an Island where I can barely speak the native langauge, so in the end its my mother's fault.

(To add to that she was born in New York and when I was still a infant she spoke to me in english and makes me watch english shows like Wheel of Fortune)
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Stevedog13: Good animation is time consuming and expensive. Big budget studios don't want to take the chance of another animated feature flop so they stick to kids stuff because there is always a fresh new audience who doesn't care about quality or content. Disney gets away with it because it has the name recognition that can still draw in large audiences from many demographics. Sometimes the Studios test the waters and we get Heavy Metal 2000 and A Scanner Darkly but these don't generate near as much revenue as other movies with costly special effects, so we get stuck with Battleship.
Yeah making this stuff only for Kids always work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWTrcKb9jCw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aS5W___Ezk
Post edited May 03, 2013 by Elmofongo
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I don't know if it's because of the stigma, but I don't think adult animation material has that much of an audience. I figure it's cheaper to do a real life shoot than animating it, specially if the story has no need of special effects and is realistic. If it's all sci-fi, and superpowers and such then animating may work, but studio heads might feel tempted to dumb it down to appeal to a greater audience.

In the end, all of these shows have to make money. Animation might attract a specific audience and you're shrinking it down by making it an adult audience. I guess the concept of the show would have to be totally awesome to ever see it greenlit.
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El_Caz: I don't know if it's because of the stigma, but I don't think adult animation material has that much of an audience. I figure it's cheaper to do a real life shoot than animating it, specially if the story has no need of special effects and is realistic. If it's all sci-fi, and superpowers and such then animating may work, but studio heads might feel tempted to dumb it down to appeal to a greater audience.

In the end, all of these shows have to make money. Animation might attract a specific audience and you're shrinking it down by making it an adult audience. I guess the concept of the show would have to be totally awesome to ever see it greenlit.
Than forget money, make this stuff just for the artistic integrity and the appreciation of your peers, that should be rewarding enough :/

(Yeah I know people who would do that barely exists)
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Elmofongo: Than forget money, make this stuff just for the artistic integrity and the appreciation of your peers, that should be rewarding enough :/

(Yeah I know people who would do that barely exists)
Animators: "Yaaaay! We finally finished our passion project! A serious, mature, adult oriented animated feature with no porn! We won't make much money from it, but who cares, right!? Now... let's focus on our next project: To whom do we sell our studio?" :)

There are animated movies that go straight to DVD or TV and they seem mature enough, even though some use already pre-established characters like Batman. Spawn was one for a while but I think Aeon Flux struck me as the best example of a mature, animated show that was not geared for kids at all.
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Elmofongo: Than forget money, make this stuff just for the artistic integrity and the appreciation of your peers, that should be rewarding enough :/

(Yeah I know people who would do that barely exists)
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El_Caz: Animators: "Yaaaay! We finally finished our passion project! A serious, mature, adult oriented animated feature with no porn! We won't make much money from it, but who cares, right!? Now... let's focus on our next project: To whom do we sell our studio?" :)

There are animated movies that go straight to DVD or TV and they seem mature enough, even though some use already pre-established characters like Batman. Spawn was one for a while but I think Aeon Flux struck me as the best example of a mature, animated show that was not geared for kids at all.
Oh yeah, Aeon Flux was awesome, MTV had 'The Maxx' around the same time, that was pretty good too
What about web toons? David "Salad Fingers' Firth is pretty awesome with a range of cartoon which Salad Fingers is only at the more extreme range of (although Spoilsberry Toast Boy and a couple of others probably go slightly further, admittedly)...
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El_Caz: Animators: "Yaaaay! We finally finished our passion project! A serious, mature, adult oriented animated feature with no porn! We won't make much money from it, but who cares, right!? Now... let's focus on our next project: To whom do we sell our studio?" :)

There are animated movies that go straight to DVD or TV and they seem mature enough, even though some use already pre-established characters like Batman. Spawn was one for a while but I think Aeon Flux struck me as the best example of a mature, animated show that was not geared for kids at all.
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Fever_Discordia: Oh yeah, Aeon Flux was awesome, MTV had 'The Maxx' around the same time, that was pretty good too
What about web toons? David "Salad Fingers' Firth is pretty awesome with a range of cartoon which Salad Fingers is only at the more extreme range of (although Spoilsberry Toast Boy and a couple of others probably go slightly further, admittedly)...
My problem with Aeon Flux is that its art style and animation is dare I say it, too ugly for my taste and I just can't take it seriously with that women dressed like she is.
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Stevedog13: Good animation is time consuming and expensive. Big budget studios don't want to take the chance of another animated feature flop so they stick to kids stuff because there is always a fresh new audience who doesn't care about quality or content. Disney gets away with it because it has the name recognition that can still draw in large audiences from many demographics. Sometimes the Studios test the waters and we get Heavy Metal 2000 and A Scanner Darkly but these don't generate near as much revenue as other movies with costly special effects, so we get stuck with Battleship.
Oh yeah, those two, now you've mentioned them it's reminded me of the Ray Winston / Angelina Jolie Beowulf too!
Yeah, the phenomenon is certainly a dismal one.

TVtropes calls it the Animation Age Ghetto the article does a very good job at explaining why we westerners have such a problem taking animation seriously. It also lists a lot of shows which may interest you.

WARNING:POTENT BROWSER NARCOTIC, EXPLORE ONLY IF YOUR TIME IS NOT VALUABLE TO YOU
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El_Caz: Animators: "Yaaaay! We finally finished our passion project! A serious, mature, adult oriented animated feature with no porn! We won't make much money from it, but who cares, right!? Now... let's focus on our next project: To whom do we sell our studio?" :)

There are animated movies that go straight to DVD or TV and they seem mature enough, even though some use already pre-established characters like Batman. Spawn was one for a while but I think Aeon Flux struck me as the best example of a mature, animated show that was not geared for kids at all.
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Fever_Discordia: Oh yeah, Aeon Flux was awesome, MTV had 'The Maxx' around the same time, that was pretty good too
What about web toons? David "Salad Fingers' Firth is pretty awesome with a range of cartoon which Salad Fingers is only at the more extreme range of (although Spoilsberry Toast Boy and a couple of others probably go slightly further, admittedly)...
The Maxx was awesome, and The Head was often great. Aeon Flux was complete crap though, the animation was bad, the writing was bad, and I'm still not sure how anybody could like something that was so bad on so many different levels.

Perhaps it's because I'm familiar with what good animation looks like. The old WB stuff, the earlier Hannah Barbara stuff, pretty much anything that John K is involved with. Hell, even Disney had Talespin, Gummy Bears, Rescue Rangers and Ducktales which all had quality writing and quality animation.

As for the question, the problem is cost and the perceived notion that there isn't a sizable market for more adult animation that isn't just a cover for pornography.
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Elmofongo: Than forget money, make this stuff just for the artistic integrity and the appreciation of your peers, that should be rewarding enough :/
If you produce and post 5 seconds of quality animation and say that it wasn't a biggie, I'll stop looking at you funny.
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Elmofongo: Than forget money, make this stuff just for the artistic integrity and the appreciation of your peers, that should be rewarding enough :/
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Adzeth: If you produce and post 5 seconds of quality animation and say that it wasn't a biggie, I'll stop looking at you funny.
I was being sarcastic when I said that, of course I understand animation is hard, and I am surprised its still hard to do traditional animation to this day when will tradtitional animation become easier?