The Best Mind-Altering Animated Movies

New York City’s Metrograph theater is currently screening Eiichi Yamamoto’s psychosexual masterpiece Belladonna of Sadness, from Japanese animation studio Mushi Production. “One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese and adult animation, has never before been officially released in the U.S,” writes the theater. “With its horned demons, haunted forests, and explicit eroticism, this mad, swirling, psychedelic light show is equal parts J. R. R. Tolkien and Gustav Klimt.” The newly restored film inspired us to collect other surreal animated movies that transcend the medium.