Sony’s acquisition of Funimation could very well been a prelude to the kind of adult animation it wants to potentially bring to theaters down the road. Speaking Thursday at the Collision From Home virtual conference, Sony Pictures Animation Chief Kristine Belson says the time of strictly PG or G-rated animated movies getting all of the spotlight in theaters is coming to an end and that we can expect to see more adult animation, more specifically of the action-adventure genre, in the near future:
“I don’t think you’re going to see more family animated movies because that’s very saturated,” she said. “There will be more R-rated animated movies.” While Sony hasn’t yet made one, she added, “There are a couple we’re working on and we’re really excited about releasing our first one. I think you’re going to see PG-13 animated movies, which is something you haven’t seen before. Harder action-adventure sort of stuff.”
Sony Pictures has a number of animated series in production right now for various platforms including The Boondocks (HBO MAX), Agent King (Netflix), etc., so it’s a company already very excited about contributing to this industry. But Kristine is saying something we’ve been saying for years,it’s time. The real question is, will there be producers out there willing to challenge the paradigms and constructs that are becoming increasingly visible to make something truly unique?