What are some things marketed to children that also appeal to adults?

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I was reading that thread a while back about "things that are depressing when you think about it" (or something to that effect) and I thought it was interesting when people started talking about how some cartoon shows (Hey Arnold was the one mentioned most) that have mature overtones meant to be enjoyed by the adults in the room. Examples are when a writer will base a plotline around something serious that most kids simply won't comprehend completely, or when they throw out a joke that completely goes over the heads of any children watching/reading/listening/whatever. You guys know what I'm talking about.

This got me thinking, where else have we seen this? What other cartoon shows or other types of media can you think of that are made to appeal to an audience that the product isn't explicitly "marketed" to?
#2
Avatar (cartoon show)

Marketed as a kids show, but I know lots of adults who enjoyed it.
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iCarly.



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#10
Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, Angry Beavers, Ren and Stimpy, etc (all the old school nickelodeon shows)
#11
My parents seemed to enjoy the 90's Nickelodeon shows. Ren and Stimpy; shows like that.
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Best example.
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sadly, twilight.
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#18
Star Wars




EDIT!!: But seriously, Johnny Bravo. All my friends and our mums love that show.
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#19
A lot of my friends with children tend to love cartoons even when the kids aren't home.
#21
Pretty much every Studio Ghibli film- Spirited Away being a good example. Children appreciate the stories about magic, princes and the young girl saving the day. An adult can spot the religious elements in it (about kami and Shinto principles) and the principles about leaving your parents for the first time, faithfulness and honor.
#24
Animaniacs. If we're talking about shows with underlying adult themes.
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Haribo. Kids and grown ups love it so.


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my dad the muppets show was originally an adult oriented program
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#31
Spongebob, Avatar, and Studio Ghibli would probably be the best examples. Pokemon doesn't really count because most adults that play it now played it as kids.
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OT:
Most 90's Nick cartoons.
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OT:
Most 90's Nick cartoons.

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#37
Pixar movies, pokemon, and softcore porn.
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ADVENTURE TIME! This show on cartoon network is awesome, so many sumbliminal messages and themes in it.
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