Adult animation , adult cartoon or mature animation , is any type of animated motion work that is mainly targeted towards adults and older adolescents, as opposed to children or all-ages audiences. Works in this genre may be considered adult for any number of reasons, such as complex themes, sexual or suggestive content, graphic violence, profane language or dark humor. Works in this genre may explore philosophical, political, or social issues. In the United States, before the enforcement of the Hays Code , some cartoon shorts contained humor that was aimed at adult audience members rather than children. Following the introduction of the Motion Picture Association of America film rating system , independent animation producers attempted to establish an alternative to mainstream animation.
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Good news! The mainstream American audience finally accepts that animation can also be for adults! Bad news! The mainstream American audience thinks that all adult animation is full of Black Comedy , graphic violence , swearing , crude sexual and toilet humor , offensive stereotypes , and, to a lesser extent, surrealistic Mind Screws! In The Dark Age of Animation , when the Animation Age Ghetto was the norm, people like Ralph Bakshi made vulgar cartoons out of a desire to make animation that wasn't "just for kids" by making something that couldn't possibly be shown to kids.
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This is a list of adult animated television series including web television series ; that is, animated programs originally targeted towards audiences aged 13 and over in mind. Mature animation is comparatively rare in North America and Europe, as animated series are culturally expected to be created for children. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.