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Can people accept a serious story, if it's a cartoon?

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Soriyns-Knight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Would audiences be able to accept or even laud, say an animated movie, with a serious or semi-serious story, if it was in a cartoony style?
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bohobella Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess it depends how "cartoony" you mean. Does King of the Hill fall into that realm? Because I'd find it hard to watch a drama where the characters looked like South Park, but the plot was entirely serious. However, King of the Hill does a nice job of having more realistic storylines and characters although it's still certainly a comedy.
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A-CHA4649 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Of course... TONS.
My personal favorite being Avatar/Legend of Korra.
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Slave2Karma Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Absolutely. Animation holds a word of opportunity for story telling, and I think a lot of people would be down for a purely grown-up animated film. However, Hollywood has very little faith in animation that's not kid or family friendly and very little know-how on advertising such films, so it hasn't really been explored so much in the USA. There's a hilarious comic called The Goon that is currently looking for funding for a film adaption (and looks AMAZING in the test pieces:[link]) but they can't get anyone to back it because very few people with money think an R rated CGI film would be able to make its money back.
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Caitybee Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, look at most of Disney's older animated movies such as Tarzan, it was a pretty serious movie and they pulled it off with ease.
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hiyoi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
There's this anime called Madoka or something that has that cutesy moe look but apparently has a serious story, and people seem to love it, so sure?
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Sheridan-J Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I see a lot of people have named some serious cartoons already, like Akira, Grave of the Fireflies, Ghost In The Shell etc. Although they are cartoons, they are done in a realistic style and it works for them.

But by "cartoony" style, do you mean cartoony like Invader Zim, My Little Pony or Adventure Time etc?
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Elexhad Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
My Little Pony has a serious story!
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Soriyns-Knight Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Pretty much like those, yeah.
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Zoltor Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Many a anime says high. Needless to say, yes people do accept serious stories in cartoons.
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DucatRevel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Writer
Spawn's animated movie series.
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