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December 10, 2012


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

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.
A-CHA4649 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Of course... TONS.
My personal favorite being Avatar/Legend of Korra.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Elexhad Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
My Little Pony has a serious story!
Soriyns-Knight Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Pretty much like those, yeah.
Zoltor Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Many a anime says high. Needless to say, yes people do accept serious stories in cartoons.
DucatRevel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Writer
Spawn's animated movie series.
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