Live-action and animation are two cinematic media that usually don't come together. But when they do, they can achieve something unique that wouldn't have been possible using only one of the two. They often take advantage of the fact that cartoons draw in children and live-action attracts the adults, and get the most number of people interested. There haven't been a lot of live-action and animation movies, but among the limited range, these are top five movies that are the best.
This is a 90s movie everyone remembers – a sports comedy featuring Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes gang. One of the most ambitious films of the time, Space Jam wasn't just a box-office success, but also the official website of a movie that became a cultural icon and still remains unchanged, decades later.
Enchanted was both an homage and a parody of Disney's animated musicals. It switched between the live-action real world and the animated world of fairy tales. With witty comedy, extravagant musicals, and a brilliant cast, this movie made the best of both the worlds of live-action and comedy.
Mary Poppins (1964)
While Disney's family classic based on the children's book is slated to get a remake with Emily Blunt, it can't come close to the historicity of the original. The perfect combination of the best technology for live-action and animation of the time, Mary Poppins was produced by Walt Disney himself and is known to be his crowning achievement that got him his only Best Picture Oscar nomination.
This is a live-action animated movie has achieved the status of a cult classic as one of the best comedy movies of all time. A parody of King Arthur's quest to find the holy grail, this was equally ridiculous and hilarious and remains as funny now as it was during its release.
The title of the greatest live-action animated movie is taken by this classic movie. It not only smashed live-action and animation together but also the genre of noir and the genre of comedy. The animation was done on print-outs of live-action sequences, which helped in making it more realistic. The movie got everything right and was perfect for both children and adults.
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