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Three theme-heavy animated movies that will leave you emotionally screwed

Traditional animation is generally kid-friendly, although Pixar often manages to push the boundaries by embeding underlying adult/explicit themes as seen in the movies Up and Wall-E, as well as the the more recent Inside Out. It's not very often that you come across animated movies that are bare bat-shit heart-rendering and grievious.

Animation is an interesting genre in general that is able to capture the audience more effectively than live-action, though it's the least consumed between the two. It gets even more captivating when heavy themed are covered, which is why we consider the movies I've mentioned above, and most like them, classics. I've compiled the list below with this in mind; pathos animation, but with no filter at all. I know most will appreciate the distinction as much as I have. Enjoy!

1. Mr Hublot (2013)

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Mr Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet’s arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion. I don't think I've ever watched a visually impressive movie like this. The colours, texture and editing are flawless. Apart from that, the story is beautiful, heart-wrenching and sincere. It highlights the issues of mental health in the most relatable and realistic manner possible. This movie can pass as Pixar's Up with no filter. It's a brilliant movie that will stick with you for a very long time after watching.

Movie type: short film

2. Junk Head (2017)

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Junk Head takes place far, far into the future. It’s been 1,200 years since the humans and clones went to war, and now one human has been sent from his home near the top of a vast industrial structure into the lower, clone-controlled portions to retrieve some important DNA. Unfortunately, he’s blown out of the sky almost immediately, and his head gets placed in a swell new junk chassis. This is one of the best stop-motion animation movies I've watched, both narratively and visually. Junk Head is the type of movie that ideally deserves to be nominated in and win every award at the Oscars, but they obviously don't like anything that's overly exceptional. I'm so glad I've come across it, nonetheless. A visually invigorating masterpiece. Watch it a-sap!

Movie type: full-length feature

3. Cat Soup (2001)

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One of my memorable 2D animation watches comes in the form of a surreal black comedy. Cat Soup follows Nyatta, an anthropomorphic kitten, on his travel to the land of the dead and back in an effort to save his sister’s soul. It's a trippy watch that is both beautifully edited and scored. It will leave you feeling like you're in an alternate universe, shoulders fallen, in a blackhole, you're screaming for help but your voice is muted. It is extremely dark and heady, and will sure leave you altered and in need for more of this type of emotional relentlessness and visual prowess.

Movie type: short film

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