Mature Animations & Cartoons : The Essential List

by AfrocentricFilmsCollaborative | created - 08 Feb 2015 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

If you landed here, by reference, by chance, or sheer luck you my friend have hit the JackPot! If you have been looking for that animation and cartoon list thats adult centered, nostalgia infused, and thought provoking you have came to the right place my friends!

Hands down, this is the essential list for mature Animation and Cartoons that are ethnically diverse and socially conscious.

Parental discretion is highly advised with many of these animations and cartoons.

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1. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

71 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.

Directors: Michel Ocelot, Raymond Burlet | Stars: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr, Robert Liensol

Votes: 7,906

2. Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016–2018)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

Five teenagers become the last line of defense for the galaxy in an intergalactic battle against the evil alien force led by King Zarkon.

Stars: Jeremy Shada, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Tyler Labine, Kimberly Brooks

Votes: 6,816

3. The Boondocks (2005–2014)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues.

Stars: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough

Votes: 24,949

4. Black Panther (2010)

TV-14 | Animation, Action, Adventure

Black Panther is the ruler and protector of the African nation of Wakanda. Using technology, wits, and extraordinary fighting ability he must protect his nation from an invasion led by Ulysses Klaw, the man who killed his father.

Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Jill Scott, Carl Lumbly, Stephen Stanton

Votes: 1,292

5. Chico & Rita (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

Directors: Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba | Stars: Eman Xor Oña, Limara Meneses, Mario Guerra, Jon Adams

Votes: 8,128 | Gross: $0.35M

6. Black Dynamite (2011–2015)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of the central character, Black Dynamite and his crew. Action comedy-spoof that follows ex-C.I.A. Agent and full-time ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, Kym Whitley, Tommy Davidson

Votes: 3,610

7. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

88 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 867,444 | Gross: $422.78M

8. Histeria! (1998–2000)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Edutainment animated series that parodies and satirizes history, pop culture and edutainment concept itself.

Stars: Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Laraine Newman, Luke Ruegger

Votes: 425

9. The Rabbi's Cat (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

74 Metascore

Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism.

Directors: Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Hafsia Herzi, François Damiens, Karina Testa

Votes: 2,977 | Gross: $0.02M

10. The Tick (1994–1997)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An invulnerable, somewhat dim, superhero protects The City from all manner of evil-doers.

Stars: Townsend Coleman, Micky Dolenz, Rob Paulsen, Cam Clarke

Votes: 8,397

11. Ninja Scroll (1993)

Not Rated | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Osamu Saka

Votes: 32,287

12. Hey Monie! (2003)

30 min | Animation, Comedy

Simone aka Monie is a professional, single black woman. She has a friend named Yvette who always tries to encourage her. She has a neighbor who has a crush on her but she doesn't. She also ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Braudis, Frances Callier, Lonnie Farmer, Melissa Bardin Galsky

Votes: 54

13. Superjail! (2007–2014)

TV-MA | 10 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

In a surreal world, a large maximum security prison, which houses thousands of dangerous inmates is run by an eccentric warden and his equally odd staff.

Stars: David Wain, Teddy Cohn, Christopher McCulloch, Christy Karacas

Votes: 5,851

14. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells | Stars: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 110,216 | Gross: $101.22M

15. Waking Life (2001)

R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

82 Metascore

A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater, Wiley Wiggins

Votes: 57,802 | Gross: $2.89M

16. Animal Farm (1954)

Approved | 72 min | Animation, Drama

A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.

Directors: Joy Batchelor, John Halas | Stars: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham

Votes: 13,762

17. Pinky and the Brain (1995–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A genius mouse and his stupid sidekick try to conquer the world each night.

Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker

Votes: 26,444

18. Archer (2009– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones.

Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell

Votes: 127,326

19. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 353,729 | Gross: $189.42M

20. South Park (1997– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall

Votes: 308,154

21. Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Director: Nina Paley | Stars: Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally, Manish Acharya

Votes: 4,258

22. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Votes: 153,716

23. Tengers (2007)

Not Rated | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Whilst working on "the great South African novel," an unemployed writer gets caught up in the harsh realities of life in the city of Johannesburg.

Director: Michael J. Rix | Stars: Adam Callander, Adran Callander, Jo Day, Vaughn Haybittle

Votes: 67

24. Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

71 Metascore

A dashing thief, his gang of desperadoes and an intrepid policeman struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches, and learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue

Votes: 22,992

25. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010–2012)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Family

After 74 villains break out of prison, Marvel's most powerful superheroes team up to capture all of them, and also to defend the Earth from widespread threats.

Stars: Eric Loomis, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Brian Bloom, Rick D. Wasserman

Votes: 12,175

26. Avengers Assemble (2013– )

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

The further adventures of the Marvel Universe's mightiest general membership superhero team.

Stars: Roger Craig Smith, Troy Baker, Fred Tatasciore, Travis Willingham

Votes: 6,009

27. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999– )

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a talking sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant, attends a boating school, and lives in an underwater pineapple.

Stars: Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown

Votes: 75,804

28. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.

Stars: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bob Hastings

Votes: 78,001

29. Daria (1997–2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A smart and cynical girl goes through teenage life as a proud outsider in a world of mainly idiotic adolescents and condescending adults.

Stars: Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo, John Lynn

Votes: 21,908

30. Samurai Jack (2001–2017)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Short, Action

A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.

Stars: Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett

Votes: 41,018

31. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1996)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Ren, a psychotic Chihuahua, and Stimpson J. Cat, a dimwitted Manx cat who goes by the nickname Stimpy, have a host of unusual adventures.

Stars: John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet, Cheryl Chase

Votes: 19,698

32. Red vs. Blue (2003– )

Not Rated | 6 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After the Halo event of 2552, there is a brief but violent period of civil war among the humans. Two armies on opposite sides of a canyon, the Reds and Blues, fight in the most worthless piece of real estate in the galaxy.

Stars: Gus Sorola, Burnie Burns, Geoff Ramsey, Jason Saldaña

Votes: 8,623

33. I Married a Strange Person! (1997)

R | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A newlywed develops a strange lump on his neck that gives him the ability to transform people or objects at will. His wife is very upset. Meanwhile, the CEO of Smilecorp learns of this man ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Plympton | Stars: Charis Michelsen, Tom Larson, Richard Spore, Chris Cooke

Votes: 1,618 | Gross: $0.20M

34. Shrek (2001)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 574,209 | Gross: $267.67M

35. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura, Ayaka Onoue

Votes: 45,506

36. TRON: Uprising (2012–2013)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the computer world of the Grid, a young program joins Tron's fight against their world's tyranny.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Tricia Helfer, Charlie Bean, Elizabeth Ho

Votes: 7,272

37. Family Guy (1999– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 288,336

38. Rick and Morty (2013– )

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.

Stars: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke

Votes: 295,812

39. Animals. (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Whether it's lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

Stars: Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Neil Casey, Katie Aselton

Votes: 3,079

40. G.I. Joe: Renegades (2010–2011)

Animation, Action, Adventure

This animated series shows the Joes on the run from the Government, trying to clear their names and stop their evil nemesis, Cobra.

Stars: Jason Marsden, Matthew Yang King, Kevin Michael Richardson, Natalia Cigliuti

Votes: 877

41. Death Note (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô

Votes: 194,973

42. Anomalisa (2015)

R | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Directors: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman | Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

Votes: 59,521 | Gross: $3.76M

43. Undergrads (2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The misadventures of a group of childhood friends who keep in touch even while they go to separate colleges.

Stars: Pete Williams, Josh A. Cagan, Rob Tinkler, Jene Yeo

Votes: 2,492

44. Futurama (1999–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out on New Year's Eve 2999.

Stars: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 200,427

45. Space Adventure Cobra (1982)

TV-PG | 99 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Cobra, a famous space pirate with a psycho-gun hidden in his left arm, supposed dead for two years, is back in action. He falls for bounty huntress Jane Flower, whom crime lord Necron wants dead, and tries to help her save her world.

Director: Osamu Dezaki | Stars: Shigeru Matsuzaki, Akiko Nakamura, Toshiko Fujita, Yoshiko Sakakibara

Votes: 1,574

46. Liquid Television (1991–1994)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

MTV's classic, surreal, experimental, grotesque, macabre and darkly humorous animation anthology featuring both serialized and one-off segments. The show also features music videos and rare live action and puppet segments.

Stars: Holly Payne, William Waghorn, Mandy Perryment, Richard Ridings

Votes: 684

47. The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)

Unrated | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi