With the back-to-back success stories of “This is the End” and “Neighbors,” Seth Rogen might be the hottest thing going in comedy right now, not only as an actor but as a creator with Evan Goldberg. The duo will try to use their popularity and wild success to take on a very risky proposition next. While Rogen’s R-rated movies are an easy sell for his fan base and audience, Rogen and Goldberg want to try their hand at an R-rated animated movie called “Sausage Party.”
Of course, not all animated movies and television shows are made for kids. The Adult Swim line on television is a perfect example of cartoons that young kids should never watch. The ideas of R-rated animated movies are rare, with very few examples to compare them to. However, when done right they can be successful, and in some cases, worthy of being called a cult classic.
“South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut”
The most recent example of an R-rated animated movie that was a huge success was “South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut.” Matt Stone and Trey Parker brought their unique R-rated humor to the big screen, where they didn’t need to worry about edits. Already popular with kids and adults alike, the movie was solidly something made strictly for adults yet remained a huge success. The movie even garnered Oscar attention.
For an entire generation of fantasy fans, “Heavy Metal” magazine was a hugely popular magazine for boys, with violence, science fiction action and nudity all in the pages of a cult favorite publication. In 1981, “Heavy Metal” was brought to the big screen, an anthology movie that kept the spirit and innovations of the magazine it was based on. It was a financial success at the time, but critics dismissed the movie. Since its release, “Heavy Metal” has become a cult classic.
“Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters”
The R-rated animated humor of Adult Swim garnered a feature-length animated movie as “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters” brought Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake to the big screen in 2007. While the television show it was based on was incredibly popular, the episodes were usually under 15 minutes each, so stretching it out over the length of a movie was rough and the box office was mostly limited to the TV show’s audience.