Fantastic Planet, Son of the White Mare, The Triplets of Belleville Fantastic Planet, Son of the White Mare, The Triplets of Belleville

Twitter user AsleepTurnpike took to Twitter earlier this week asking other users for examples of animated features that transcend commercial American features that target kids.

Thanks to Twitter’s new engagement monitoring system, we can see that the tweet has been viewed more than 850,000 times. The post has generated over 600 replies and 1,400+ retweets with animation fans offering up hundreds of personalized suggestions. On the other hand, some of the replies dismiss the original prompt as gatekeeping.

Regardless of how readers feel about the prompt, in the end, we have an amazing list of animated features that validate, as Guillermo del Toro says, animation’s stature as a medium and “not a genre for kids.”

Below, we’ve collected several replies and retweets with fantastic viewing suggestions:

Amberly Ferrule proposed The Triplets of Belleville, I Lost My Body, and The Secret of Kells:

Another Cartoon Saloon feature to get a lot of love was 2020’s Wolfwalkers:

Takeshi Koike’s Redline got a big response:

The trio of The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, Persepolis, and My Life as a Zucchini was a hit:

Hundreds agreed with Pat’s list of Fantastic Planet, Yellow Submarine, and Heavy Metal:

Cartoon Brew contributor Vincent Alexander offered up Son of the White Mare, Allegro non Tropo, and The Triplets of Belleville:

Other picks included Tale of Tales and Alice:

Liz and the Blue Bird:

The Last Unicorn, Perfect Blue and A Silent Voice:

Besides Fantastic Planet, someone mentioned two other Rene Laloux films: Time Mastesr and Gandahar (aka Light Years):

And we suggested Mind Game, Sita Sings the Blues, Consuming Spirits, and Adama:

These films are just the tip of the iceberg and there’s many more great suggestions in the replies. We’d also love to hear what your favorite examples of non-mainstream animated features that push perceptions of what animation can be.

Pictured at top: Fantastic Planet, Son of the White Mare, The Triplets of Belleville