Hi, my name is Ian, and I've been writing for Moviepilot for a little over a year now. My first article was about Marvel. My second article was about Marvel. My third article was about -- you know what, I'll save you some time. My first eight posts were about Marvel. After that, I tried to branch out a bit more.I have since wrote articles about Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and more than a few video games.
When I saw the contest about writing in different genres, I felt pretty confident. I started the fandom quiz and honestly, all the while going "not horror not horror not horror not horror". Just to clear things up, I have nothing against the horror genre, I just have only watched the first Saw, but I digress.
I finished up the quiz, and I can honestly say I was surprised by the result.
I mean, I knew that I loved fantasy and sci-fi, but I didn't expect to have to write about animation. This threw me for a bit of a loop, seeing as I haven't watched an cartoons or animated movies for quite a while. As soon as I realized that, I started to wonder why.
The obvious answer is that the majority of cartoons are directed towards children. I can remember taking trips when I was little, and the first thing I would do when I got to the hotel was turn on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon. I din't have either of those channels at my home, so I would binge at much animation as possible. I could sit through hours of Spongebob, the Fairly Oddparents, and Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends. Now, when I heard about the new Spongebob movie, I shrugged it off and went back to reading news about Age of Ultron.
My original point is true. Most cartoons are targeted towards the younger crowd. That got me thinking about animated films and television shows that I have watched that could be entertaining for all ages.
Before we start, I'll let you know that I am not going to be including any of the adult-themed animated shows, like South Park or Family Guy. It's not that I dislike the shows, it's that I want to keep this list as family friendly as possible.
Everything Is Awesome!
It should be common knowledge that Legos are not just for children. Legos, like Minecraft, are for the creative ones who want to express their creativity physically. In fact, creativity was a major theme of The Lego Movie.
Everything in the Lego universe is exactly as it should be in the movie. Everything runs on a tight schedule and President Business runs the world as he sees fit. However, a young man named Emmett is taught that not everything should be "in order". He is showed this as the spunky sidekick Wild Style takes apart things with ease and puts them back together in a way that suits her better.
Throughout the entire film, we as viewers are taught that being creative is a good thing. During the journey, we are introduced to our favorites from many fandoms, including Batman, Lando Calrissian, and Gandalf. There are many jokes in here that only the older crowd will understand, but the kids will have more than a few laughs as well!
There are few animated movies that can pique my interest enough for me to go to the theaters to see them, but Despicable Me was definitely one of them. As soon as I saw the trailers, I immediately got interested. I mean Steve Carell and Jason Segel voicing two villains that are currently vying for supremacy? If you've read any of my previous articles, you may know that I am particularly fond of villains in general, and this seemed to be a fresh new take on them.
Not to mention the minions. Oh those adorable little yellow oddballs are what really made both of the Despicable Me movies what they are. You don't believe me? Look at any Despicable Me merchandise. Minions everywhere! They are even getting their own movie this summer, which looks very promising.
Despicable Me is hilarious. Even if you cut out the minions, who supply the majority of the laughs, there are still enough hilarious scenes to make your stomach hurt with laughter by the end. The entirety of the humor is family-friendly, although adults will love it just as much as kids.
The Legend of Zelda, or Korra, or Something
Now I'm not quite as familiar with this series as some hardcore fans that I know, but I enjoy the series nonetheless. I could never really get into it's predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, but when my older sister had me try out Legend of Korra I was pleasantly surprised.
The series is very action-packed, with interesting characters and story-lines. We are taken away from the normal story in The Last Airbender, although Aang and the gang are still heavily referenced.
Honestly, this show is the most on the border for family-friendly, seeing as some mature subjects are featured. There are some pretty emotional death-scenes (which I won't spoil here) but if there are kids who want to watch it, a little supervision won't hurt.