Some might consider comics or cartoons a form of art directed to a young audience, but in reality the humor, caricature and satire depicted in these drawings speak to all ages really.
And while we think that bringing animations to real life in movies is a rather recent form of entertainment, the origins go back to the 1910s. Max Fleischer and Walt Disney were the great pioneers in the interaction of cartoon characters with the live world.
In some cases, these characters have even developed into household names or icons that everyone is familiar with them. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular combinations of live-action/animated films throughout the years:
Betty Boop (1930) and Mary Poppins (1964)
The first mentioned lady is one of the best-known and most popular cartoon characters ever created. What made her unique in comparison to other cartoon characters was the sexual component of her character. She’s definitely an icon; there are many collectibles with her image.
Where Mary Poppins herself was not a cartoon character, the most magical nanny brought along a lot of animated friends to help her take care of the two Banks children in her own “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” way. It received a total of 13 Academy Award nominations.
Who doesn’t remember this red-haired cheeky little Kobold getting in trouble?! Particularly in Germany he was one of the most popular animated characters. The Pumuckl series started on the Bavarian Radio in 1961 and turned into a successful TV series until 1999. Between 1982 and 2003 three feature films have been produced.
Roger Rabbit (1988)
The movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit was another very successful feature film and at the time a breakthrough movies in terms of its visual effects, even turning it into one of the best films of that year. It was the first animated movie that won multiple Academy Awards since Mary Poppins. It was also the first time that Bugs Bunny (Warner Brothers) and Mickey Mouse (Walt Disney) appeared on screen together.
Mi familia es un dibujo (1996-1998)
This TV series from Argentina was a huge success and widely popular in many Latin American countries. Translated as “My family is a drawing”, the series tells the story of a family in which the youngest member is a cartoon.
Space Jam (1996)
Every basketball fan is familiar with this movie. Not only does it star the most famous basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan in an alternative world with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes, it plays with facts of reality and gives an alternative to the real story behind Michael Jordan’s comeback to basketball.
Which adaptation was your favorite? Which character would you like to see entering the live world?