10 Incredible Animation Scenes in Live-Action Films

10 Incredible Animation Scenes in Live-Action Films ...

Even for live-action films, animation can be a valuable asset, popping off the screen for some added drama. Sometimes, it's a way to tell a narrative within a story. It can be both a useful tool and a visually distinct representation of its subject.

In some live-action films, the story takes an entire scene and completely dives into animation. For example, Roger Rabbit Framed (1988) used animation to recreate cartoon characters in real life.

'Under the Silver Lake' (2018)

Andrew Garfield plays a young Los Angeles man on a conspiracy-driven search to find his missing neighbor. The film follows up writer-director David Robert Mitchell's breakout horror film It Follows (2014), with Under the Silver Lake taking on a strange psychological environment.

Sam discovers a zine that chronicles terrifying dog murders and a creepy murderous killer in an owl mask, which later becomes a part of his paranoid investigation. (Patrick Fischler)

(2010): 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1'

In the epic conclusion of the Harry Potter series, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione (Emma Watson) continue to evade Voldemort's minions. Hermione eventually decides they should see Xenophilius Lovegood (Rhys Ifans), who was previously shown wearing the symbol earlier in the film and who later clarifies that it is the mark of the Deathly Hallows.

Hermione tells how of three brothers they were given items to help them beat death, including the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility, items that are integrated into the three forms of the Deathly Hallows symbol.

'Tank Girl' (1995)

Lori Petty and Naomi Watts as her clever sidekick, Jet Girl, and Malcolm McDowell as Kesslee, the evil leader of Water & Power, who corruptly controls the resources in a dismal setting, star in Tank Girl.

Tank Girl and Jet Girl steal a tank and escape the evil W&P corporation while Jet Girl bangs her head on the tank and becomes an animated reality. The thrilling animation exaggerates movements in a mad flurry of unhinged fun, with Tank Girl flipping through the air, slamming her face to press a button, and taking the tank for a ride.

'Vertigo' (1958)

Vertigo (1958) is a film starring James Stewart, who developed a severe fear of heights and developed vertigo after an incident in the military. The film incorporates many innovative filmmaking techniques, including the first use of a dolly zoom, as well as special effects and animation to create its nightmare sequences.

The film starts with a very early computer animation that rotated geometric shapes over the title credits. Moreover, the film employs animation during its nightmare sequences, which is a clever way to push the surreal nature of dreams.

'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' (2008)

The Golden Army is reunited with Hellboy II, including the titular character Hellboy (Ron Perlman), Liz (Selma Blair) and Abe, now performed and voiced by Doug Jones, in a new adventure protecting the human world from supernatural dangers.

Professor Broom (John Hurt) describes a time in which humans and magical beings coexisted. The opening sequence introduces a conflict, with the Elf King looking on. Next, a goblin blacksmith comes to the Elves to suggest constructing a mechanical army, 70 times 70 soldiers, which the young Elf Prince, Prince Nuada (Luke Goss), is eager to accept.

'Watchmen: Ultimate Cut' (2009)

Watchmen is Zack Synder's adaptation of Alan Moore's 1986 comic book of the same name. The film features an ensemble cast of actors including: Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), Night Owl II (Patrick Wilson), The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) and Doctor Manhattan (Billy Crudup).

The Tales of the Black Freighter is a comic book strip inspired by the original Watchmen comic. Presented in a dark 2D animation, the main character, played by actor Gerard Butler, leads a grim pirate tale that was later interwoven into the live-action Ultimate Cut of the film.

'Kill Bill: Vol 1' (2003)

The first chapter of Quentin Tarantino's martial art action epic Kill Bill: Vol 1 (2003) stars Uma Thurman as The Bride, an assassin left for dead who vows to revenge her, the Deadly Vipers. One of these assassins is O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Lui), who gets a unique anime-inspired retelling of her origin story.

The Bride retells the painful loss of the young O-Ren and her parents' brutal killing. She waits until she is 11 to seduce the vile murderer, killing him with a Katana in his bed, and with no shortage of spraying blood the film is known for. From there O-Ren becomes one of the best Yakuza assassins and The Bride's formidable next target.

'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (2005)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, based on a Douglas Adams book, is a funny cosmic adventure with the help of a handy encyclopedia. Martin Freeman plays the boring Earthling, Arthur Dent, and his alien best friend, Ford Prefect (Mos Def). With the imminent destruction of Earth, Ford grabs his unsuspecting friend, sticks his thumb out, and the pair take a ride into space.

When Ford directs Arthur to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, he is understandably full of doubts. The film takes the viewer into a colorful, minimalist, educational video that explains its findings.

'A Monster Calls' (2016)

A Monster Calls (2016) follows a young boy, Conor, whose mother (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill, and is visited by a monstrous tree with the voice of Liam Neeson. The young Conor faces many difficulties and finds solace in the interactions with the monster and the three stories its presents.

The animation is equally beautiful and somber, like drawings scribbled on paper. Medieval knights, skeletal warriors, and dragons clash as in a children's book. The other depicts industries attacking nature and Connor later tells his own story, using animation to tell his emotional memento.

'Jurassic Park' (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993) was groundbreaking for visual effects as it brought dinosaurs back to life. They are taken on a tour by park creator John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), who felt a pleasant animation would aid the journey.

The scientists are presented with an animation of a DNA strand who explains to them, and the audience, how they created the dinosaurs, before going on to all the dinosaur evading danger that will come.