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Unleashing Creativity: When Live Action and Animation Collide on the Big Screen

Mar 30, 2023 ByClaire Miles

Whether you enjoy watching cartoons or live-action movies, there is a unique blend of both that has captivated movie-goers for decades. Movies that combine live action with animation offer something unique. This augmented reality allows storytellers to bring more creativity and greater depth to the characters and worlds their stories inhabit. This combination of audiovisual media provides viewers with a truly one-of-a-kind cinematic experience, from full-length feature films to television series. The movie Enchanted blended live-action with animation to tell a modern-day princess love story with allegories while satirizing and celebrating Disney animated classics many decades ago. Banished from her animated homeland as she prepares to get married, Princess Giselle finds herself on the streets of modern-day New York, where she falls in love with a cynical divorce lawyer. Naive at first, Giselle is the perfect princess to spread much-needed magic in the real world, and Adams is enchanting in the role. Accessible to both young and old, the film’s creativity can only be described as delightful.

Space Jam combines the greatest and most famous basketball stars of all time with some of the greatest cartoon characters (namely Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny) using the most advanced CGI technology. Understandably, Space Jam’s expectations for kids growing up in the ’90s were incredibly high, and thankfully, it lived up to those expectations. Perhaps a tiny case of style rather than content, the film delivered an hour and a half of fun and frantic Looney Tune b-ball action. It was fun to see the 3D characters interact with real people, the soundtrack is fantastic, and Bill Murray’s cameo is classic.

 Radzi Chinyanganya during the "Space Jam" statue unveiling at Leicester Square on July 06, 2021 in London, England.

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Osmosis Jones was a strange and innovative concept, but it was very cool, and the animation elements were done in a fun and daring way. When zookeeper Frank ingests a deadly virus, the white blood cell of Osmosis Jones must eliminate the symptoms to keep Frank alive and the internal, animated “City of Frank” thriving. The physical humor and gags will make kids cringe, and the movie was a good time.