Japanese animation films differ significantly in look and feel from that of American animation. Unlike the cartoonish and motion-rich animation of the latter, Japanese animation films make use of detailed color tone and flowing, attenuated lines, resembling a moving painting. The characters typically have large glistening eyes, small noses and mouths, and the hair and clothing are depicted in finer detail.
However the most significant difference is in the content and the audience. Unlike elsewhere, Japanese animation films typically are not made just for children, but are targeted at both children and adults handling mature themes.