Disturbing, and / or Dark Animated Movies and Shows - Animations you have seen that may not be very child friendly.

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Nykysnottrans

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More dark and disturbing animations:

Dissonance isn't exactly an animation since it mostly relies on IRL actors driving the narrative, but it incorporates 3D animation in a very innovative and evocative way. Highly recommended:


26, life of an NPC

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Both of the Jimmy ScreamerClauz films, Where the Dead Go to Die and When Black Birds Fly, are pretty fucked up. Well, mostly the former. The art style is pretty crude and uncanny valley. But then the content of the film is really fucked up. Incest, CP, Parricide.
 
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Pearl Jam - Do The Evolution.

Kickass Pearl Jam video from Todd McFarlane of Spawn fame and one of the directors on Batman: The Animated Series.
Speaking of which, I would suggest the old HBO Spawn animated series. It's really good (much better than the movie by far), especially season 2. You can find the whole thing online, here they are.

Season 1


Season 2


Season 3


Keith David as voice talent for Spawn was a damn fine choice, he definitely sounds the part. The only problem is that there's a cliffhanger by season 3 that could have lead to another season... but it never came. Other than that, it's pretty good, I recommend it.
 
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Speaking of which, I would suggest the old HBO Spawn animated series. It's really good (much better than the movie by far), especially season 2. You can find the whole thing online, here they are.

Season 1


Season 2


Season 3


Keith David as voice talent for Spawn was a damn fine choice, he definitely sounds the part. The only problem is that there's a cliffhanger by season 3 that could have lead to another season... but it never came. Other than that, it's pretty good, I recommend it.
I did not know this existed. Sweet! Thanks! :)
 

Nykysnottrans

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I did not know this existed.
Same here, I had no idea there was an animated series.

A couple of film reviewers on Youtube have been plugging this new animated feature. Haven't seen it myself yet but it looks pretty neat, kinda creepy/dark too because of the depiction of nightmares, the characters' faces that resemble modern art portraits and the Hitchcockian noir themes:

"Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist for criminal masterminds, is forced to steal 13 paintings from the world's renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares he has. "The Collector" quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and headhunters chase him around the world while the reward for his capture keeps rising, approaching a hundred million dollars. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective and leading expert on art theft, to solve the "Collector Case."."
 

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Speaking of which, I would suggest the old HBO Spawn animated series. It's really good (much better than the movie by far), especially season 2. You can find the whole thing online, here they are.

Season 1


Season 2


Season 3


Keith David as voice talent for Spawn was a damn fine choice, he definitely sounds the part. The only problem is that there's a cliffhanger by season 3 that could have lead to another season... but it never came. Other than that, it's pretty good, I recommend it.
I was just about to suggest Spawn. I re-watched it again. Still holds up. Absolutely amazing show and the best interpretation of the character and his world (it distills a lot of the bullshit that was in the comics). On that note I'd recommend The Maxx:


Not so much disturbing but can be incredibly depressing. Like soul crushing levels of depression.
 

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I love this one because you really had to pay attention to fully get what is going on in this world. Once I did that it made the short all the more interesting and unique how life works on this strange, floating island.
 

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I just remembered these two!

Stressed Eric was on tv in the nineties, looks like it was animated by Klasky Csupo and is darkly hilarious. Eric can't do anything without it getting completely fucked up and nearly killing him. My particular favourite episode is when his allergic-to-everything daughter wants a pony to compete in a gymkhana and he ends up giving her a donkey full of steroids:


And Crapston Villas, which was on Channel 4 at some point, it's a claymation series about a bunch of arseholes living in a crap apartment building. Fun fact, it was made by Sarah Anne Kennedy, who went on to work on Peppa Pig. The quality on youtube isn't great but it's on the Channel 4 player too.

 

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I just remembered these two!

Stressed Eric was on tv in the nineties, looks like it was animated by Klasky Csupo and is darkly hilarious. Eric can't do anything without it getting completely fucked up and nearly killing him. My particular favourite episode is when his allergic-to-everything daughter wants a pony to compete in a gymkhana and he ends up giving her a donkey full of steroids:


And Crapston Villas, which was on Channel 4 at some point, it's a claymation series about a bunch of arseholes living in a crap apartment building. Fun fact, it was made by Sarah Anne Kennedy, who went on to work on Peppa Pig. The quality on youtube isn't great but it's on the Channel 4 player too.

Stressed Eric didn't last too long on American TV I recall.

I recall Sarah Kennedy doing voices for shorts made by Candy Guard like this!
 
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More dark and disturbing short animations:

"A man has nothing to lose except his dream. To make his dream come true the man embarks on a dangerous journey. But his destination is not what it seems."

A gritty urban animation

That annoying bug
 

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Though this film wasn't obviously made for kids, the subject matter of love and murder as told in reverse is a rather unique one alongside the different styles of animation employed.
 

Nykysnottrans

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For music videos, there's "Girl Seizure" by Last Ex, where the sort-of krautrock vibe fits the grotesque imagery.
The music didn't do much for me but the animation itself was wild, thank you for posting that.

I haven't posted in this thread in a long time, so here are some more dark and disturbing animated shorts from Vimeo:

The day of the bleeding gums

Creepy Polish interpretation of the song The Curse of Millhaven by doom singer Nick Cave

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Felidae might be one, especially if you're a cat lover. Lots of kitty killing and dismemberment.
I was going to bring this one up.

That cat sex scene is something. People got paid to animate that, lol. And that says nothing for all the violence and extreme imagery in the film.

The weird thing is, it is actually pretty well animated. At first glance, I'd forgive anyone for mistaking it for Don Bluth's work as it does seem to be trying to mimic his style a little bit.
 

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I watched Heavy Metal when I was 5 and that led to my parents not letting me watch the CBC after midnight... remember when the CBC had weird softcore porn films on late night?
 
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I don't think I saw this one mentioned, and I'm not sure it counts, since it's kind of a rotoscope thing, but I enjoyed it.

It is a little slow at points, but I liked it anyway.
What I really liked was that rotoscoping seems gimmicky at first but I think it became necessary to sell one of it's narrative elements...

Towards the end of the film you, and the protagonist, begin questioning what is real based some weird stuff that the film depicts. I think that it would have broken the illusion and been too easy for the audience to tell what was real and what was in the heads of characters if it cut to an obvious effects shot. But since everything has that animated look to it, you leave the film questioning everything you saw.

Very effective.


Surprised that no one mentioned Angel's Egg. It's a beautifully animated film that is a must see if you're interested in heavily symbolic themes and such.

Angel's Egg is a great film. It benefits from multiple re-watches as well. The director, Mamuro Oshii, was once a Christian and studying theology in school. AE was obviously thought up when he was having his crisis of faith and you can draw a whole bunch of interpretations of the themes. He puts a lot of philosophical subject matter in his films (see Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell, as well) but let's the audience come to their own conclusions.
 
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