The bright world of cartoons seems perfectly suited for kids. Parents see smiling animals and fantastical settings, and they reasonably assume that all cartoons are safe programming for children. But if they bothered to give some of these cartoons more than a cursory glance, they'd realize that not every cartoon is meant for children. In fact, quite a number of them are specifically targeted for adults. Some cartoons are a far cry from the worlds inhabited by Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, and the six cartoons on this list are definitely cartoons that no child should ever watch.

"Cool World".

What's not kid-friendly about a blonde sex-kitten named Holly Wood trying to get out of the cartoon world by "making it" with a regular human? Brad Pitt, accompanied by a ridiculous hair-do, stars alongside Gabriel Byrne and Kim Basinger in this ridiculous romp through a decadent comic book universe. It's a lewd, crude, and rude film that no child should ever see. Not just because it's a little deprived, but also because it's a pretty lousy movie.

"Family Guy".

Although the "Family Guy" on the air today bears little resemblance to the series that first debuted in the late 90s, they both share a common theme: no child should ever watch them. "Family Guy" wears its Mature rating with pride. A given episode may contain references to drugs, any number of scatalogical functions, and all types of sex acts. Adults may still be laughing at the antics of the Griffin family, but children should be sure to steer clear.


Okay, "Akira" is an exercise in the ridiculous. Manga and anime in general aren't always known for their understated subtlety, and this film is essentially the godfather of that whole genre. While the animation is lush and beautiful, the plot of the film is muddled, and some of the imagery is downright disturbing. People mutate into horrible goo, and children's toys are portrayed as weirdly demonic. Keep this one away from your kids and enjoy your anime with other adults.

"South Park".

The kids of "South Park" are the poster children for adult cartoons. With filthy mouths that would make Lenny Bruce and Red Foxx blush, nothing is off limits to the kids in "South Park". The satire ranges from brilliant to juvenile. The show has featured scenes involving people pooping from their mouths and has tackled the issue of female flatulence. It continues to do well even during its fifteenth season, and part of that success is attributed to its adult subject matter.

"Fritz the Cat".

Ralph Bakshi is one of the originators of the adult cartoon concept. His talent as an animator sometimes runs second to his desire to explore drugs and sex in animated form, and "Fritz the Cat" is the finest example of his work. Maybe "finest" is the wrong word; perhaps "notorious" is more accurate. Almost every possible indulgence is explored, from the recreational use of many, many drugs, to group copulation, to racism. The movie is a neat exercise in adult animation, but the film borders on the pornographic, which makes it a no-no for children.

"Heavy Metal".

If you've ever wanted to know what an acid trip is like, "Heavy Metal" is the film for you. As you may expect from the title, the film has a good hard rock/heavy metal soundtrack, but its visual style is hard to pin down. The movie features cool muscle cars flying through space, ridiculously proportioned females dressed in skimpy outfits, and plenty of fantasy violence to sate your appetite. All of this makes for a weird and oddly entertaining film, but it's certainly not something that any kid should see.