10 Darkest Animated Films Ever Made
As much as possible I prevented myself from putting in any spoilers to give
you readers a chance to watch these 10 incredibly shuddering films without that
sense of predictability running at the back of your minds. Some of the animated
films on this list are not only dark but considered some of the greatest
animated films ever made.
tells us the story of Norman, who can see and talk to dead people.
Nobody really believes Norman, not even his parents, but everything
exponentially changes when his curse acquires a new purpose that will save the
whole town. The animation is pretty great for a stop motion film, and it has
every right to be ranked as one of the best full length stop motion features.
9) The Secret of
The Secret of Nimh
is one of the most underrated animated films out there. The
secret of Nimh was directed by Don Bluth, and is a film that is loved by all
ages. The story is one of the best experiences youíll ever have with an animated
film. It may not be Disney but the quality is just as great. So if itís that
great why is it in this list? Itís because of the dark elements the film
possesses. This is not your average Disney film with talking animals, it has
more fright and violence but is still appropriate for younger audiences.
8) Frankenweenie &
Nightmare before Christmas
I know what youíre thinking, but I just canít decide between the two. I just
thought both films gave the same feel of eeriness. The stop motion style of Tim
Burton is just delightful to watch. Every scene captures that dark feeling which
has been Timís signature for his films. Both films are surely on the list of
greatest stop motion ever made out there.
Nightmare Before Christmas:
is another stop motion film that gets creepier as the story progresses.
By creepier I mean excitingly scary. I bet kids will hold on to their parents
more after watching this film.
This movie is based on the book ďCoralineĒ written by Neil Gaiman. The book
is actually creepier than the movie. A lot of kids are attracted to the movie.
However, critics say that it is not appropriate for kids. According to reviews,
the movie portrays bad role models for children, including foul language and
Besides the violence, bloody scenes, hot motorcycles and futuristic elements
mixed with pseudo-science, Akira
has a solid gold storyline. This Japanese
anime is said to be one of the greatest and one of the most influential films.
It is based on the manga series called ďAkiraĒ, which is written by Katsuhiro
Otomo. He also directed the Akira movie which shows some very extreme scenes
that are not really appropriate for kids. This just shows that they obviously
targeted much older audiences when writing and developing Akira.
Because of its popularity, Marvel Comics published the Akira manga in
English, making it the first ever manga to be translated over the entire
5) Watership Down
Cute little bunnies and violence! Watership Down
is based on a novel by Richard
Adams. Right from the cinema poster, you can tell thereís something grim about
the film. I have been reading comments by people saying that this film scared
them when they were kids but when they got older, it became one of the best
films theyíve watched despite the sloppy animation. While others find the movie
depressing, some are moved by its story.
4) The Plague Dogs
Another film based from Richard Adamsí work and is also directed by Martin
Rosen. The animation is the same as Watership Down, but I canít say the same
about the feel of the story. The Plague Dogs
starts out in an experimental lab in
Lake District with two dogs (a Labrador and a terrier) as the main characters.
They eventually escape and start trying their luck in finding a human that
will take them in. They had some chances, but their misfortunes seem to prevail
and this causes the two protagonists to be always on the run. This film just
doesnít give you a time to rest. Itís an hour and a half of a bunch of fast
paced events with twists. The film will keep your eyes glued to the screen during the
entirety of the film.
3) Grave of the
Grave of the Fireflies
may not have shone during itís time but itís getting one of the best
reviews now. Directed by the Studio Ghibliís Isao Takahata, Grave of the
Fireflies is a story of two youngsters who lost their mother during the war and
because they have nowhere to go, they went to stay with their aunt. Eventually
they left due to their aunt complaining that they donít contribute anything to
the shrinking rations. They go out to fend for themselves
for the remainder of the war and the struggle to survive goes on from there.
2) When the Wind
This film has one of the saddest tales to tell. It is based on a novel written by Raymund Briggs. The movie came out in March 11, 1988.
When the Wind Blows
is about two old couples trying to survive after a
nuclear bomb was dropped near their area. Their lives relied on the instructions
provided in the government pamphlet that outlines procedure and protocol for
civilians following an nuclear attack. After the event, they went on to their
regular lives just to experience the painful effects of the radiation.
in based on the successful novel of a German writer named Akif Pirincci.
Today, the story is now a series which currently has 8 books. This story is
definitely for adults because it portrays scenes such as cult activities,
x-rated sex as well as gore and horror movie style nightmares.
Felidae is probably the most gruesome film out of all the other dark animated
movies. Itís the third animated film that involves labs and animal
experimentation on this list (Plague Dogs, and Secret of Nimh being the other
two). The film shows some of the most horrid scenes in any animated features I
have seen. I recommend not eating anything while this animated film is playing.
Insides coming out, blood all over the place, I wouldnít be surprised if you
cover your eyes at some point.
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