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When a live-action TV show or movie takes on the type of actions you would see in a cartoon.
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Sometimes, a live-action TV show or movie starts doing cartoonish things, such as characters not getting injured or killed from something that would normally injure or kill someone, characters getting flattened, or characters engaging in over-the-top cartoon-style violence. A Live-Action Cartoon relies on tropes commonly found in Zany Cartoon, although some may use tropes that originates from anime, being somewhat of a live action equivalent of Animesque. The style was itself inspired by Slapstick, which has inspired several early animated shorts, watching old silent comedy films you'll notice a lot of elements reminiscent of Looney Tunes or other old school animation.

Not to be confused with Roger Rabbit Effect, which is when live-action or realistic characters interact with cartoon characters.


  • Animal House becomes this near the end when the Delta House members disrupt the parade. Examples include the band members blindly marching into the alley, Bluto showing off his pirate gymnastics moves, and the Death Car ramming the stands and knocking the spectators into the air.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is like a live-action comic book (after all, it is based off a comic book) and a cartoon, with written sound effects, text, and yelled-out lines appearing on-screen, video game elements occurring in the real world, the titular character not showing any injuries or pain from things that would normally injure someone in real life (i.e. thrown hundreds of feet into the air, thrown through walls, repeatedly kicked by stunt doubles, his head being slammed on a table, etc.), and more.
  • Disney's live-action adaptation of George of the Jungle takes this to ridiculous heights.
  • The Mask (the original, not the crappy sequel) manages to do this quite well.
  • Speed Racer
  • Kill Bill is like a live-action anime.
  • Just about anything directed by Mel Brooks, especially Blazing Saddles, which has many antics and sight gags similar to a Looney Tunes cartoon, no fourth wall, the villain drives off-set at the end, and more.
  • Hudson Hawk is basically like a live-action, Americanized, version of Lupin III. It has things such as using a skateboard to bypass museum security, using a fishing pole to swipe Leonardo Da Vinci's artwork, and the villains coming across as a comedic rogues' gallery.
  • Many of Frank Tashlin's works. After all, he did start off working for Looney Tunes.
  • The Villain was designed to be a live-action cartoon western.
  • The traps in the Home Alone movies are very cartoonish, and get more cartoonish in each new installment.
  • The Three Stooges is one of the earliest and best examples, made at a time when cartoons themselves were still relatively new.
  • Batman: The Movie had Written Sound Effects during fights just like the 1960's Batman series.
  • The live action movie adaptation of Cutey Honey has animated battle sequences using pictures of the characters moving in ways and manners that are only possible in anime. The campiness and zany tone of the show is taken Up to Eleven.
  • Sucker Punch would make another good example for this under the film category, being yet another Live-Action film that feels more like an anime than anything else, from the aesthetics -That include Sailor Fuku- and the amusing injuries the girls took and gave like nothing.
  • The early films of Tim Burton have a definite cartoony feel, due to him being a former animator. Special mention should go to his first two, Peewees Big Adventure and Beetlejuice (the latter having an Animated Adaptation), and later films such as Mars Attacks! and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Live-Action TV
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide does this in a very cheesy manner, like characters making Offscreen Teleportation, or being blown up in the face angd get their faces covered in ashes and taking Amusing Injuries of every kind.
  • Pee-Wee's Playhouse.
  • Get Smart. Not only was it like a cartoon, but it even inspired one! (Inspector Gadget)
  • The 1960s Batman series had comic book sound effects appear on-screen during fights.
  • The Pitts. There was even an episode in which the Dumb Blonde daughter had a huge piece of pipe through her head and suffered no ill effects.
  • The Benny Hill Show, as even its creator and star has confirmed.
  • Green Acres could possibly be the trope codifier. The series routine made use of incredibly slapstick and outlandish situations and gags that would otherwise be implausible in the real world (characters being knocked through solid walls, or falling off telephone poles without even getting hurt, for example), not to mention that each character had such Limited Wardrobe that they literally wore the exact same outfits for all six seasons (save for Oliver and Lisa), that it could very well be the poster child for a live action cartoon.
  • Hogan's Heroes. The first season, really. The show always relied on broad humor, but as the seasons progressed, the humor became more subdued and sophisticated. The first season, however, really showcased considerable amounts of cartoonishly slapstick humor that the wartime sitcom could almost be offensive; such as Klink jumping out the window from his burning office, expecting to be caught in a blanket flimsily-held by Newkirk and Carter, only for them to walk away at the exact moment Klink jumps.
  • Police Squad! and it's spin-off movie franchise The Naked Gun, which take an ordinary Police Procedural and add silly dialogue and wacky sight gags that would not be out of line on a Tex Avery cartoon.

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