Animated Movies Not Just for Kids

The last couple of weeks have been absolutely insane. My dumb butt decided to go back to school full time, so I’ve been attempting to learn about microeconomics these last couple of weeks. Thankfully, I just turned in my final project so I have a little bit of time to do a few posts. Being in college again as an adult feels really odd to me. Not only do I need to write a paper on the market structure of a company, but I also need to make sure I’m teaching my son to read and that my daughter is learning words. I’m not really worried about my son. While I believe my husband and I are doing a great job of working with him, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are also doing a wonderful job educating him. He knows more about animals than I ever will due to the Wild Kratz and is getting a wonderful education in word structure from Word Party. I was paranoid about my daughter because at 15 months she should have 15 to 20 words. She currently has five. But it turns out she understands way more than she says. She follows commands and uses sign language that we taught her to communicate what she needs. She also smirks at us before doing what we ask her to do so I’m sure her smart ass will be fine.

Anyways, we and the rest of the families in Ohio went to see the Lego Movie 2 this weekend. And can I just say…I loved it. I laughed and cried and I would honestly see it without my kids. The movie does reference points from the first movie, so I highly recommend you watch it first. But if you choose not to, please know my husband has not seen the first and he got an absolute kick out of it. And I’m unashamed by how much I love and believe that the “Catchy Song” is a wonderful song. You’ll get it once you see the movie.

After the movie, I realized there are plenty of non-Disney animated movies out there that adults will also love. So see below for some suggestions. Some are child appropriate and some are not.

Howl’s Moving Castle-Kid Friendly

Sophie lives a normal but uneventful life as a milliner at her late father’s hat shop. She believes herself to be plain and ordinary. One day on her way to visit her beautiful younger sister at the bakery where her sister works, she runs into the handsome wizard Howl. While their time together is fleeting, Sophie makes a connection with him.  Unfortunately for Sophie, a jealous older witch curses Sophie for her budding relationship with Howl. Sophie goes from being in her early twenties to an elderly woman. Now cursed with sudden old age, Sophie departs from her job at the hat shop to live life elsewhere. Doing so begins the journey of a lifetime for Sophie. When Sophie unknowingly makes herself at home in Howl’s moving castle she puts herself in the middle of Howl’s battle with the king of their kingdom. Sophie will have to help Howl the best she can in his battle if she has any hope of Howl being able to assist her in regaining her youth.

I love Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s one of the few movies I can repeatedly watch. It’s kid-friendly enough that I can now watch it with my kiddos but complex enough that I’m constantly breaking down the plot. Every time I watch it, I discover something new that I previously missed. The film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki who is absolutely amazing. He also directed Spirited Away which is phenomenal.

Redline-Not Kid Friendly

Sweet JP loves to race. In fact, he lives to race. For JP the ultimate race to be a part of is the Redline race. The Redline is the most popular race in the galaxy and for JP the only race that matters. You’ll have to watch the rest to see what happens. You’ll get absolutely hooked by the storyline and the fantastic animation. Although it will at times make you feel as if you’re on LSD.  The film does have nudity and sex scenes as well as foul language, so I would not recommend you watch it with children. But if you’re into anime, you’ll greatly enjoy this film.

The Batman Lego Movie-Kid Friendly

I mentioned above the second Lego Movie. Well the Batman Lego movie is a stand-alone film about the Batman character from the Lego Movies. The story focuses on the Batman and Robin origin story in a very child-friendly way. If you’re a BIG Batman comic fan, the film does an excellent job of referencing villains and plots from the comics. My little brother (he’s twenty-three and taller than me, so technically not little) is a big DC fan. He’s a pretty big Marvel fan as well, but Batman is his main man. Batman is the superhero who began his journey into all thing comic books. And from a Batman/DC fanatic, the movie does an amazing job of paying major fan service. If you’re that person who shares unnecessary (IT’S TOTALLY NECESSARY) backstory when watching superhero films with your friends and significant partner, this movie is for you.

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl-Not Kid Friendly

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl tells the story of a university woman on a drinking adventure. The young university woman referred to as Kohai, embarks on an exciting and long evening of drinking. Throughout the evening she meets and spends time with wacky and colorful characters. The film’s choice to be an animated film allows for it to over the top and full of life and color. Something that would have been extremely difficult and a potential disaster if it was a real-life film.

The film will take you back to one of your crazy college evenings that seemed to somehow go on forever and yet did not last long enough. That evening when you drank the night away, danced till your feet hurt and laughed until you threw up. The evening where you somehow kept running into that person you liked but for some reason could never find a reason to stay and spend the rest of the evening with them. The film is in Japanese so you’ll need to subtitle it up unless you’re an expert in all things Japanese.

Wolf Children-Kid Friendly

Please be warned the Wolf Children made me ugly cry the entire film. The film tells the story of Hana, a single mom who raises two half-human half-wolf children after their werewolf father is killed while hunting for food for the children. Left with the responsibility of raising two children who constantly change forms from human to wolf, Hana decides to move her kids out to the country, to raise them in a small town. The three face the challenges of growing up a little different those around you. While this little family has a lot to face, they’ll always be able to face it together.

I mentioned I ugly cried the entire film. I am 100% serious. I made the mistake of watching this film when I was still single parenting. The love Hana has for kids and the sacrifices she’s willing to make for them so that they may be happy is heartbreaking. I’m actually crying as I type this up. You can totally watch this movie with your kids but I prefer to do my shameful crying solo so I will never watch this movie with my kids.

Spirited Away- Kid Friendly

I have to mention this film because it’s amazing. It also makes me ugly cry. The movie tells the story of Chihiro. A young bratty girl who’s frustrated with her parents for moving during the school year to a new town. While on the road to their new home, the family stops to check out a mysteriously abandoned amusement park. Her parents stumble a food stand with no owner and decide to partake in the prepared food. Eating this food turns them into giant pigs. Chihiro having chosen to not partake in the food is the only still left human. While trying to figure out how to turn her parents back to normal she runs into the mysterious Haku. Haku explains to Chihiro that the amusement park is actually a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent on the earthly realm. When her parents unknowingly eat the food at the resort they put Chihiro into debt with the resort. She must then work there to free her parents from the curse put on them for eating the food.

The movie is filled with beautiful animation and enchanting music. The film was directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who directed the above mentioned Howl’s Moving Castle. Honestly, guys, the film is amazing. It has won so many awards and is critically acclaimed. And when I say it has won so many awards, I mean big awards. In 2002 it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

What non-Disney animated movies are you guys watching? Leave me a suggestion in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Animated Movies Not Just for Kids

  1. What movie have I seen that impressed me a lot? Two, in fact. One was Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds. I love this film, the ecological message, the pictures. You can read about it on Wikipedia, but I thought I’d rather leave out links.
    And the other one was a FRENCH animation:
    Les Maîtres du temps (also the name of the English wikipedia article).
    The BBC (who were co-producers) aired an English-language dubbed version in 1987 and 1991 called Time Masters, featuring, amongst others, the voice of Ray Brooks.


    1. I have seen Nausicaä of the Valley of the wind. The imagery was amazing and the music was fantastic. Hayao Miyuzaki has the best music in his films.

      I have not seen the second yet, so I’ll need to watch it soon! Thanks for the suggestion!


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