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An Introduction to Toons With 'Tude
By: Fuzzy Mickael
From HEAVY TRAFFIC (1973)
We were all raised on cartoons. From the moment your parents first placed your drooling, slack-jawed, diaper-pooping flesh sack in front of the television right up until you discovered the masturbatory bliss of hardcore hentai, animation has been a huge part of your life.

As we graduated from the wholesome morals of the house of mouse to the zany antics of Bugs Bunny, we preferred our Saturday morning memories be hand painted one cell at a time. Over the years, "maturity" started taking hold and we began to abandon our childhood icons for more edgy characters like Ren, Stimpy, Beavis, & Butthead.
But time continually marches on, and every child reaches an age where cartoons just aren't cool any longer. Whether you grew up with Woody Woodpecker or Spongebob Squarepants, we all experienced that most heart-wrenching moment of puberty. Even worse than the dreaded classrooom erection; is the day when the toys go into your closet for the last time, the TV is tuned to a different station on Saturday mornings, and you begrudgingly become an adult.

Many of the adults among you may have been longing for those carefree summers, where rainy days meant plenty of time to watch reruns of Animaniacs, but the daily grind of your 9 to 5 prevents you from reliving those magic moments. I admit that, on more than one occasion after my 30th birthday, I've called in sick just to stay at home and binge-watch Darkwing Duck, Gargoyles, and Tale Spin. I live with no regrets.
Some of these childhood classics live up to our rose-tinted memories, but some of them surely fall short. When I was nine years old, G.I. Joe was the best show ever created, but to watch it through these aged eyes, altered irrevocably by time, bores me to tears.

Well, you don't have to shirk your responsibilities to bask in the glory of cartoon goodness! And you don't have to turn your brain off, either. The recent release of Sausage Party, the R-rated Seth Rogen comedy about sentient groceries, reminded me of a time when cartoons for grown-ups went far beyond the limitations of network shows like Family Guy or The Simpsons. There is a wealth of adult-oriented animated feature films just waiting to be discovered. It's a whole new world (sort of), a dazzling place you never knew.

And no, I'm not talking about anime or superheroes!
Oh sure, there have been plenty of dark animated adaptations of graphic novels. The DCAU has been killing it with releases like the Dark Knight Rises, Justice League: Gods And Monsters, and Batman: The Killing Joke. Even back in the 90s, HBO had a fantastic animated series for Todd McFarlane's Spawn, while MTV had Aeon Fluxx and The Maxx. Everybody loves Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block, which has featured phenomenal shows like The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, and Metalocalypse. And oh yeah, Marvel collaborated with the Japanese animation studio Madhouse to develop anime versions of Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men, and Blade.

Obviously, when it comes to adult animation, nobody can hold a candle to the Japanese Anime movement. Unfortunately for those of you who have a tentacle fetish, I won't be covering anime here. Luckily, though, the entire rest of the internet is literally devoted to your fandom. The world is your oyster! Have at it. For those of us who DON'T drift off to sleep sniffing the scent of our own semen after dropping bukkake bombs on our waifu pillows, there are plenty of alternative animated offerings we can enjoy as well.
So, if you're not some neckbearded Otaku but you still love the art of old-school animation, what do you do? The constraints of television budgets result in some pretty shoddy animation. And even a TV-MA rating doesn't normally go as crazy as your average rated-R feature film, because networks are sketchy about losing their sponsors. When you get right down to it, TV animation is to alcohol what beer is to whisky. Yeah, you can have a decent night downing a half dozen beers, but you know that you'd rather be shooting straight Kentucky bourbon. That's what we're all after. The good stuff.

Well, you're in luck! I've rounded up over 50 animated R-rated feature films to expand your mind and distort your perception of reality. If you loved Sausage Party and wanted to indulge in more counterculture cartoons, then here's your chance:
Ralph Bakshi is a loner, Dottie. A rebel. And a true artist.
From HEY GOOD LOOKIN' (1982)
Ralph Bakshi has created controversy in all his films while continuously breaking new ground in his art form. He has encouraged the public to look at animation in a new way by creating worlds that are sometimes familiar and sometimes strange, always challenging. He pioneered animation with adult themes using political commentary and satire.
 
The Museum of Modern Art has added his films to their collection for preservation. We eagerly await the future which will hold a new Bakshi adventure called Last Days of Coney Island that he is animating personally and painting the backgrounds. When asked, "Why are you doing all your own animation?", he says, "All the guys I loved and respected are gone". -From the Ralph Bakshi biography
Rene Laloux & Martin Rosen tell beautiful stories.
From GANDAHAR (1988)
After some time working in advertising, Rene Laloux got a job in a psychiatric institution where he began experimenting in animation with the interns. It is at the psychiatric institution that he made 1960's Monkey's Teeth (Les Dents du Singe) using a script written by the interns. Another important collaborator of Rene's was Roland Topor with whom Laloux made Dead Time (Les Temps Morts, 1964), The Snails (Les Escargots, 1965) and his most famous work, the feature length Fantastic Planet (La Planète Sauvage, 1973). -From Wikipedia

Martin Rosen was originally the producer of Watership Down but took over as director after John Hubley died, he also wrote the screenplay for it. This was the first of two novels by Richard Adams he adapted. In 1982 he also produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for another animated feature based on an Adams novel, The Plague Dogs (1982). Rosen produced Smooth Talk (1986), which won the Sundance Grand Prize. His last film as director was Stacking (1987). -From Wikipedia
Even though these aren't technically R-rated, anyone who's seen Watership Down can attest that Martin Rosen tells a hell of a story and doesn't hold back. You know how people still talk about the death of Bambi's mom, even though as an adult it's not THAT bad? Rosen's films take you to that emotional edge, even as an adult, and don't let up!
Michael Schaack's Blitzkrieg on Good Taste.
Michael Schaack graduated from the University of Television and Film Munich. After graduating in 1982 he founded in 1985 the Trickompany Filmproduktion GmbH in Hamburg. Until the late 1980s, he drew and produced commercials and short films, as for television broadcasts dandelion , Sandman (1987), Sesame Street and The Mouse TV . In the 1990s, he broke out into feature films with Werner: Beinhart! -From Wikipedia

Schaack makes low-brow cartoons, loaded with crude potty humor and cheap gags. Consider Michael Schaack the "Uwe Boll" of animated feature films.
PICHA, the horny Belgian.
From TARZOON: SHAME OF THE JUNGLE (1975)
Jean-Paul Walravens, quickly fascinated by drawing, studied at the Institute of Fine Arts Saint-Luc. In 1960, he contributed his work as a caricaturist and cartoonist for many newspapers and magazines around the world including National Lampoon and The New York Times. During this period, he adopted the pseudonym Picha.

In 1975, he co-directed the film Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle, a raunchy parody of the Tarzan stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The film was a huge success in its home country France, but ran through troubles with the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate when the estate sued the creators of the film for plagiarism. The estate lost the case when the creators stated that the film was a parody. However, when the film was released in the U.S., the estate demanded that the film title and main character "Tarzoon" be changed due to the film's nature degrading the Tarzan name. In 1979, the now R-rated film was released under the title Shame Of The Jungle, and was rewritten by Saturday Night Live writers Anne Beatts and Michael O'Donoghue and was dubbed by John Belushi, Johnny Weissmuller, Jr., Bill Murray, and several others.

In 1984, The Missing Link was released into the U.S. under the title B.C. Rock. Major changes to the film included newly written dialogue by the comedy duo The Funny Boys (Jim Vallely and Jonathan Schmock), recut footage, different voices, different instrumental score, the absence of the narrator (with the main character telling the story), and nearly all the songs written and performed by Leo Sayer have been replaced by songs by other artists (including Steel Breeze, Hall & Oates, and Rick Wakeman) in order to attract a wider audience. Unfortunately, the film was poorly promoted on video and faded into obscurity. However, this version manages to have a cult following to this day. Picha's future work would never be released in American theaters or any home video format. In 2007, Picha made a comeback with Snow White: The Sequel, a parody of fairy tales, which most animated films were doing at the time. -From Wikipedia
Bill Plympton is a violent, surreal, schizophrenic mess.
From I MARRIED A STRANGE PERSON! (1997)
Bill Plympton is a fiercely independent animator. After a string of highly successful short films (“One of Those Days,” “How to Kiss,” “25 Ways to Quit Smoking,” and “Plymptoons”), he began thinking about making a feature film. His shorts were winning prizes like crazy and he wanted a new challenge – and, as he puts it, “I’d wanted to make a full-length movie ever since I was a kid.”

What came to be called THE TUNE was financed entirely by the animator himself. Sections of the feature were released as short films to help generate funds for production. After personally drawing and coloring 30,000 cels for THE TUNE, Plympton moved to live-action. J. LYLE, his first live-action feature, is a wacky, surreal comedy about a sleazy lawyer who meets a magical talking dog that changes his life. Plympton’s second live-action feature, GUNS ON THE CLACKAMAS, a behind-the-scenes look at an imaginary disastrous Western, was shot in Oregon and New York. In 1998, Bill returned to animation with I MARRIED A STRANGE PERSON. It’s a heartwarming story of a newlywed couple on their wedding night. Grant, the husband, starts experiencing strange, supernatural powers and Kerry, his wife, can’t cope.

Bill recently completed HITLER’S FOLLY, a mock-umentary about Adolf Hitler’s love of animation. He’s directing and drawing another film called REVENGEANCE, written by animator Jim Lujan, which is also being partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign. -From the Plymptoons Website
And there's PLENTY more where they came from...
From PINK FLOYD THE WALL (1982)
From ROCK & RULE (1983)
So, even though we didn't step in to the realms of Anime or Superheroes, I'm hoping I exposed you guys to a wide enough variety of animation, from the teen angst of Michael Schaack to the twisted tales of Ralph Bakshi to the sexual experimentation of Picha to satisfy your cartoon lust!
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