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Live action shows with animated sequences

Started by George White, April 13, 2021, 12:34:56 PM

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Quote from: olliebean on April 14, 2021, 04:04:38 PM
Can we have a sub-category of programmes which use embarrassing stop-motion-style sequences of photos of their cast members pulling silly faces / striking silly poses in their opening credits?

Arrested Development.

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Pride and Prejudice 1979,
Dream Stuffing,
the Duchess of Duke STreet,
Kojak series 4,
Lord Peter Wimsey,
the opening title of Kennedy 1983 - flying like Superman.
Dad 1997,
Detective 1964,
Mrs. Bradley Mysteries,
Nanny, PLay of the Week 1977
Love on a Branch Line
Great Performances
Mystery! and therefore Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Partners in Crime, Gallowglass, Reilly Ace of Spies, Morse, Sherlock Holmes, QUiet as a Nun/Jemima Shore, the Racing Game, Rumpole (which already counts), Cribb, Dalgliesh, Malice Aforethought, Game, Set and Match, 90s Maigret, Dalgliesh, Campion, Cadfael, Shades of Darkness, Woman in WHite, Wyvern Mystery, The Sculptress, Touching Evil, Hetty Wainthropp, Alleyn, Rebecca, Murder Rooms, Heat of the Sun, Cause Celebre 1988Charters and Caldicott,  Deep Secrets with Colin Salmon, OLiver's Travels, Praying Mantis,Wimsey, My Cousin Rachel, Second Sight, Man from the pru, CHandler and COmpany, the Dark Angel, Cadfael, Armchair Thriller, Rebecca, Unsuitable Job for a Woman

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The weird Gilliamesque animations used to portray the death of Rohm in The World at War.

Catalogue Trousers

The very late 1970s kids' adventure series The Danedyke Mystery had some rather lovely animated opening credits, as I recall.

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Cribb - a mix of illustrations of old crime scenes and pixellated moving photos.
Ditto for the Two of Us.


Doesn't really count as it's 'colorised', split live action, but still, just for the bit where he gets boffed on the nose at 26s, Jason King.


Quote from: icehaven on September 08, 2021, 11:21:03 AM
There's an entire stop-motion episode of Community, but it's a Christmas episode unfortunately.

And an animated GI-Joe pastiche in season 6 which was really pretty funny

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The words Portobello in the titles to George Smiley - A Murder of Quality.

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The cartoon moonin Pennies from Heaven
The puppet in Dead Head


The Doctor Who episode Can You Hear Me? has an animated bit of backstory:

Restored, previously missing, episodes of Dr. Who have animation to fill the gaps where some of the film is still missing.

Are there any animated series with short live actions inserts, such as The Beatles do at the end of Yellow Submarine? Or schools TV where a live presenter introduces an animation? Or maybe an animator introducing his/her own work? Disney Time, of course (celebs introducing Disney clips), and Rolf's Cartoon Club.

Take Hart, Vision On, Jigsaw


Quote from: Satchmo Distel on October 31, 2021, 01:40:48 AMAre there any animated series with short live actions inserts, such as The Beatles do at the end of Yellow Submarine?

I think The Simpsons has done it a few times. Pretty sure Family Guy has as well.


Quote from: Alberon on September 25, 2021, 11:00:43 PM
Fringe predictably played with this a bit.
And of course the Farscape episode Revenging Angel, which is mostly played out as a Roadrunner & Coyote style cartoon in Crichton's head.


Quote from: olliebean on October 31, 2021, 05:57:46 PM
I think The Simpsons has done it a few times. Pretty sure Family Guy has as well.

The Simpson, about 3 minutes in. They also had the scene with Katy Perry many years later, and probably others.

Family Guy has done it loads of times.

South Park had Pam Brady in Mr Adler's flashback scene (and some other live action scenes).

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The titles to Tropic - Weird Gilliam-esque storybook animation in Fall of Eagles.  Also weird to see Tony Jay on shonky BBC film.  And battle scenes portrayed via closeups on paintings with camera moving about and sound FX.

Carl Sagan's Cosmos

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The photographic titles of the Duchess of Duke St
The animated assembly of the penny farthing in the Prisoner.

Mister Six

Quote from: Satchmo Distel on October 31, 2021, 01:40:48 AM
Are there any animated series with short live actions inserts, such as The Beatles do at the end of Yellow Submarine?

The old Super Mario Bros show did, and Dog City would cut between animation and puppets in parallel storylines. And the Super Dave cartoon had live-action sketches at the end. Christ knows where they got the budget for the sketch at the end of that episode, though.

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the Back to the Future cartoon had Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown giving science lessons IIRC at the end.

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15 Storeys High
Tagggart - the cartoon Mark McManus
Saracen -
Reilly Ace of Spies - Sam Neill's big floating head over the world -
Chessgame - possibly but it could also be live action against a silhouette
THe Thames logo in Charlie Muffin

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The animated titles to  Night Train to Murder.

The thermometer-themed Oil Strike North -

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The titles to A Fine Romance/Ticket to Ride
From A Bird's EYe View
David Copperfield 1970

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CGi in the 1996 Titanic, A Christmas Carol (1999), DInotopia, Gulliver's Travels,2002 Hound of the Baskervilles, Gormenghast 2000 and Hostile Waters 1997 and Blonde Fist.

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Olivier Presents - Come Back Little Sheba (1977) by Granada uses a camera floating over a drawing of a small town and a railway crossing with a girl outside with soundtracks over it, before seguing into a montage of drawing images that slowly morph into colour and fade into live atction.

Also, the Olivier Presents version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Using barely animated drawings in lieu of exteriors, and with an over-ripe soundtrack, over-jaunty American radio music, but also opens with a shot of the  mansion going from day to night - represented by an animated painting.


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The end logo at A Dance to the Music of Time
The computer briefing introduction in Murder in Space -
This Dad's Army sequence in Churchill and the Generals -
Into the Storm (2009) and The Gathering Storm 2002 both have animated titles. Gathering has the letters of the characters contract and expand as they get closer to the screen. Into the Storm has black blocks against stock footage, and also CG animation for certain shots.

RKO 281 (1999) has credited CG animators, presumably for mattes and the spinning newspapers.
CGI animation and digital mattes credited in Nuremberg 2000.

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THe 80stastic CGI Tetris-esque logo for HBO and the drawn titles for the Simon Wiesenthal Story (1988)
ANimated subtitles - with the noise of typewriter in Sword of Gideon (1986).
Twist of Fate (1989) is a serious WW2 story, but because it uses Cooper Black, it ends up looking like a dark Dad's Army spinoff. The sole animation is the Columbia lady.
Lost Empires - the characters coming to life in the crowds - plus the Granada logo.

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Thetitles for Race for the Bomb -   
The ITC intro in A Dangerous Life 1988 
 The drawing/silhouette hybrid of Robert Hardy in Churchill - the Wilderness Years
The crystalline video effect-titles for Nostromo (1996)
The cartoon skull flying about in Dadah is Death (1988)