By Margarita Williamson, Trending Writer
The stigma that animated movies are just for kids does not seem to be holding true. Children do not have the option of going to the movies alone so more than likely an adult or the entire family are dragged to see the latest in animation. Animated movies, more often than not, have the power to appeal to many different types of audiences while still being family friendly. In the age of technological advancements, animated movies are getting better and the plots have a deeper meaning.
Over the years animated movies have broken records at the box office. According to Entertainment Weekly, Hotel Transylvania 2 earned an estimated 47.5 million and set the new record for the biggest September opening. In 2013 Disney’s Frozen surpassed Toy Story 3 in box office sales. According to Guinness World Records, the film’s huge success secured a spot on the list of the top ten biggest grossing films in box office history, regardless of genre.
The themes in animated films can sometimes be more ‘adult’-like even when visually unrealistic. The humor, pop culture references, and emotionally complex plot lines fly right over children’s heads, but hit home for adults. Last summer’s hit, Inside Out, focused on the complexity of emotions and the toll that traumatic experiences have on individuals. The film is set inside a young girl’s mind, where her five core emotions of anger, disgust, fear, joy and sadness live. Each of Riley’s emotions are controlled by a tiny person. The movie lacks in giving an accurate representation of how the brain operates but it does do an excellent job of depicting the difficulties of growing up and experiencing change. The film also sent the message to adult and children viewers that feeling emotions is not a bad thing and they often lead to resolutions.
Characters in animated movies sometimes do not have certain human characteristics, but nevertheless, viewers are still able to relate. Animated movies can help families talk about difficult issues. The possibilities in animation are endless and the plot lines have universal messages. Animated movies deliver plot lines that appeal to children visually and as well as delivering content that resonates with adults.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 23rd print edition.
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