Live action

Live action is cinematography or videography that does not use animation ; This term is used to define not only movies, but also videogames or similars, which use actors and actresses instead of animated pictures. [1] According to Cambridge, “Live Action” involves real people or animals, not models, or images that are drawn, or produced by computer . [2]

It is also described in this article, which can also be used in combination with both humans and animated characters.


As the normal process of making visual media takes place, the term itself is usually superfluous, but it makes an important distinction in situations in which one might expect animation, as in a Pixar movie, a video game , or when the work is adapted from an animated cartoon , Such as Scooby-Doo , The Flintstones , 101 Dalmatians movie, or The Tick television program .

The phrase “live action” also appears in a non-animated animated characters: in a live-action / animated film such as Space Jam , Roger Rabbit’s Who Framed , Looney Tunes: Back in Action , or Mary Poppins in which humansand cartoons co-exist, “live-action” characters are the “real” actors, such as Bob Hoskins and Julie Andrews , as opposed to the animated “actors”, such as Roger Rabbit himself.

The use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) in movies has become a major trend, some critics, such as Mark Langer , have discussed the relationship and overlap between live action and animation. New films that use computer-generated special effects can not be compared to live action movies using cartoon characters because of perceived realism of both styles combined. [3]

Disney Live Action

Disney’s first live action movie was Treasure Island in 1950. Both Mary Poppins (1964) and Who framed Roger Rabbit (1988) are examples of Disney’s live action and animation combination movies.

Due to the success of Marvel and other companies like Pixar, Disney is recently getting up-to-date in the live action side of cinema. But it’s been a long time since they started re-making some of the fan-favorites: it was The Jungle Book the first one to experience this in 1994 (and twenty-two years later, in 2016, another re-make was made) . 101 Dalmatians and Alice in Wonderland , and their respective sequels were the next ones, just as the Sleeping Beauty , which was narrated from Maleficent’s point of view, Cinderella , and The Beauty and the Beast . [4]

But, that is not all, at least 21 more remakes are expected to be realesed. Christopher Robin , based on Winnie The Pooh is set to be released in 2018, and a Dumbo re-make, which will be directed by Tim Burton , is expected to be on the billboard in 2019, just as Aladdin , whose genie will be brought to life by Will Smith and The Lion King . [5]

See also

  • Animated cartoon
  • Movies with live action and animation
  • Footage
  • List of live-action movies based on cartoons and comics
  • List of live-action puppet movies
  • Live action role-playing game
  • List of short live-action movies


  1. Jump up^ “Merriam Webster Online Dictionary” . Merriam-Webster .
  2. Jump up^ “live action Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary” . . Retrieved 2017-11-14 .
  3. Jump up^ McMahan, Alison (2014-08-21). “Hollywood’s Transition to CGI”. Tim Burton’s Movies: Animating Live Action in Contemporary Hollywood . Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN  013210475X . Retrieved 2014-12-19 .
  4. Jump up^ “Here Are All of Disney’s Upcoming Live-Action Remakes” . Collider . 2017-09-14 . Retrieved 2017-11-14 .
  5. Jump up^ “Disney has 21 live-action movies of its animated classics planned – here they are are” . Retrieved 2017-11-14 .