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->''"There's no better way to make a decent creation look stupid than to make a real guy dress like it!"''
-->-- '''The [[StupidBoss Head Executive]]''', ''Website/PlatypusComix''

In the West, many animated series have to run against the AnimationAgeGhetto; one way to get around this and attract a wider audience is to do a live-action version of something originally animated. Even if it utilizes CG and special effects, this will sometimes strip the show of its perceived "cartoonishness". This is also a common device when a live-action ''movie'' adaptation is made, which will already be accused of leeching ideas from an older show.

Depending on how the adaptation is done, it may be successful. However, some suffer from ConspicuousCG and end up the film equivalent of a PortingDisaster.

A noticeable example is the SuperHero genre, where the outlandish, colorful nature of the genre seems most fitted for animated form. Yet despite animation gaining a bit more respect nowadays, most theatrical adaptations of superheroes are live-action, with varying levels of success.

One thing that has dramatically changed since the CGI creation of dinosaurs in ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' is the ability to visualize things that would have only been realistically possible in animation, such as HumongousMecha.

Contrast AnimatedAdaptation.

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[[folder:Adapted from Anime & Manga]]
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' pulled off the adaptation quite successfully, though it's somewhat inspired by the more odd ''Sailor Myu'' theater musicals performed since the original show ended and had a vastly different plot from the anime and the manga.
** An [[CulturalTranslation Americanized]] live-action adaptation languished in DevelopmentHell for years, with many different people suggested to be a part of the project. The earliest project supposedly would have starred Geena Davis as Queen Beryl, and the most recent rumor suggested Lindsay Lohan as Sailor Moon herself. None of these ever came to pass (and how real any of these actually were was often questioned despite their prevalence in the rumor mills).
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'', which had a fairly 'normal' setting. It only lasted nine episodes, but short Japanese dramas are fairly common and this length does not mean that the show failed.
* ''Manga/CityHunter''
** Jackie Chan starred in a 1992 live-action version, which includes the famous ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' fight scene.
** Two other unofficial adaptations were made in 1991 and 1996, the 1996 version despite changing a lot of names, is commonly considered as the most faithful to the original.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is supposed to get one... [[DevelopmentHell Someday.]] Concept art by [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings W]] [[Film/KingKong E]] [[Film/{{District 9}} T]] [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia A]] has been released, but that's it.
* Zac Efron expressed interest in producing an adaptation of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'', drawing a lot of hate from [[NeverLiveItDown those who only knew him from]] ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' and didn't know or care that [[OneOfUs he loves the series himself]]. Eventually he said "it's more than likely not going to happen," which is unfortunate since ''FMP'' is a franchise which could ''actually work'' as a Hollywood movie.
* ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'', about a school teacher who is the daughter of a {{yakuza}} boss.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' has two 13-episode live-action adaptations, one in 1998, the other in 2012.
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney''
** The live film adaptation -- the live-action directorial debut of ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'''s Hideaki Anno -- was actually pretty good, although it had always been a bit deliberately campy.
** Followed by a live-action television series; the same can be said for it.
* ''Anime/MaisonIkkoku''
* ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'' was given a live-action film in 2006.
* ''Manga/HanaYoriDango''. Also available in Mandarin and [[BoysBeforeFlowers South Korean]].
* ''Anime/WickedCity'' had a live-action version produced in Hong Kong that uses little from the original aside from the VaginaDentata scene.
* ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' had a live-action version before the 2006 {{anime}} version. It's also been a feature film and a manga series... and was #1 in Japan for all three simultaneously.
* A live action stage production of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' led to the line "Live-Action is no substitute for the real thing" in a fan-made music video.
* ''Manga/DeathNote''
** It was adapted into two successful movies before the anime went into production. A third movie was released that focused on L. The movies are in a radically different AlternateContinuity from the manga and anime.
** An American film adaptation has been confirmed, and is set to begin filming in 2011, to be directed by [[Film/KissKissBangBang Shane Black]].
* Creator/JamesCameron is currently working on a partially live-action version of ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel]]''. Though the majority of the actors will be live, Gally/Alita will be CG (possibly other cyborg characters as well).
* A [[http://www.twitchfilm.net/archives/009767.html live action version]] of ''Manga/SukebanDeka'' hit theaters in Japan in September 2006 (and was imported to the United States under the title ''Yo-yo Girl Cop''). There are also three live-action ''Sukeban Deka'' TV series, and a MadeForTVMovie.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has a 13-episode live-action series (2011) and four stand-alone specials (2006, 2007, 2011, and 2012) that feature the teenage Shin'ichi solving cases. The series and the 2006 specials take place pre-manga and the 2007 special involves Conan temporarily returning to Shin'ichi form.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' got one [[http://www.starchild.co.jp/special/negima-drama/ in 2007]]. Its quality is still up in the air.
* ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'' starred in two live-action films before he even had his first anime. The first one was released in 1973, where he was played by Ken Takakura, which was followed by a 1977 sequel titled ''Golgo 13: The Kowloon Assignment'', which replaced Takakura with Sonny Chiba.
* ''Manga/TanteiGakuenQ'' had a live-action series in 2007.
* ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'' adapted into a Hong Kong film (which used a laser disk instead).
* ''Film/LupinIII'': The first movie (''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy'') is available on DVD in region 1 from Creator/DiscotekMedia. A second film is planned to be released in 2014, for the 40 year anniversary of the first film.
* A live-action ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' movie is in the works. Up to now, [[DevelopmentHell the movie's progress has yet to be found out.]]
* The live-action version of ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' was about as popular as the (later) anime.
* ''Film/DragonballEvolution'', a project that languished in DevelopmentHell for years before finally dropping in 2009. Fan reaction was pretty much "[[TheyJustDidntCare No, really, you shouldn't have]]." It somehow made enough money to justify a sequel (yet considering the backlash, it seems highly unlikely). There is also the much older and obscure ''Manga/DragonBall: The Magic Begins''.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' has a live-action adaptation, covering the first chapter of the game/anime. (Demoned Away chapter / Keiichi's chapter). The second movie comes out soon; it covers the answer arc to that arc, which is the ''last'' arc of the first season. (Atonement chapter / Rena's chapter) Sound novel/anime-wise it's the second in the second season (Kai).
* In the weirdest example of MultinationalShows, ''Manga/HanaKimi'' received two almost simultaneously live-action adaptations series in Japan and Taiwan.
* Speaking of Taiwan, this country has seen releases of drama series based in manga, being the most notorious the ones who adapted:
** ''Manga/AkumaDeSourou''
** ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy''
** ''Manga/HanaYoriDango''
** There was a Hong Kong adaptation of ''Manga/InitialD'' as well.
** Ditto for ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss''.
** Also ''Manga/{{Mars}}''.
** ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', starring a Taiwanese actor and a Korean actress as the counterparts of Hayate and Nagi.
* There are also several manga that were remade into Korean live-action series: ''BoysBeforeFlowers'', ''[[TheCityHunter City Hunter]]'' (both had Lee Min Ho as lead), ''Dr. Jin'', and ''PlayfulKiss'' (which also had a Japanese and a Taiwanese version). ''Manga/HanaKimi'' will have one starting in August 2012.
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' got an extremely trippy [[Film/SpeedRacer live-action adaption]] in 2008, courtesy of the [[Film/TheMatrix The Wachowskis]]. Despite a massive ad campaign banking on the popularity of the show and attempts by the film to pull in both the American and Japanese fanbases (right down to including clips of both the Japanese ''and'' American themes), it became a huge disaster at the box office, putting the brakes on yet another potential franchise revival.
* Two other Creator/TatsunokoProduction shows saw Japanese film adaptations -- ''Anime/NeoHumanCasshern'' and ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}''. ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' was set to get one as well, but had languished in development hell for years while Imagi's CGI version was announced. After the CGI film plans fell through, Nikkatsu's live action version went into production in late 2012 and was released in 2013.
* ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'' has been adapted into a movie and two TV dramas (in Japan and then Taiwan).
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' has a live-action movie. Different from most in that it does not try to stand on its own, but rather is only there to show how much more ridiculous the entire thing would look in live-action.
* ''La Blue Girl'' has one, proving nothing is off-limits.... It's all of three episodes long, and not ''exactly'' similar to the anime (which also came from a lesser-known manga). Exhibit A: Yaku is almost indistinguishable from the other girls.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''
** It got an [[CulturalTranslation Americanized]] [[Film/FistOfTheNorthStar live-action debut]] starring Gary Daniels as Kenshiro and Costas Mandylor as Shin. The film was [[RecursiveImport dubbed in Japanese]] with Creator/AkiraKamiya and Creator/ToshioFurukawa reprising their respective roles from the anime series.
** There were also a few unlicensed live-action versions made in Taiwan and Korea. They make the American version look passable by comparison.
* ''Manga/SlamDunk'', retitled as ''Kungfu Dunk''. The only thing in common is the sport.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' got a live-action film in 2006.
* ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity'' features Kenichi Matsuyama, previously in the Manga/DeathNote movie mentioned above. It also features [[{{KISS}} Gene Simmons.]]
* ''Manga/CryingFreeman'', which had both American and Hong Kong feature film adaptations.
* ''The Manga/{{Guyver}}'' has had two. The first one had MarkHamill in a supporting role and the second with David "[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Solid Snake]]" Hayter as Sean Barker (a stage name he almost used in ''MGS'').
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' had one. It was a far-future UC title called ''G-Savior''. It was made in Canada. Needless to say, it wasn't that good. [[CanonDiscontinuity Even Tomino officially denounced it.]] It doesn't help that it was funded in Yen (Canadian dollar is worth a lot more), featured unknown Canadian actors to be dubbed in Japanese, was [[LargeHam ham-tastic]] in terms of acting, and the tech looked on par with that of nearly two-hundred years prior. Not to mention that it was TOO realistic.
* The anime of ''Anime/BoogiepopPhantom'' confused many American fans who had no idea that it was actually the sequel to a live-action film adaptation of a series of light novels. Of course even after viewing the film or reading the novels, the show still tends to make little sense...
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', despite never airing in English and being virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, had an English-language film made anyway... by the French. Most fans like to forget it ever existed. It was actually made a year before the anime debuted, so it didn't even have a fanbase in the west that could have saved that clunker from sinking like a stone.
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'' was turned into a live-action movie trilogy that is among the most expensive (and successful) Japanese film projects to date. However, it has been said that it is difficult to follow if you haven't read the original manga, as the films try very hard to be faithful to it, which means trying to cram 24 volumes into three (albeit long) movies.
* ''Manga/HotaruNoHikari'' has a "drama" adapation.
* ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' has one with [[Manga/DeathNote Live-Action Light]] as the title protagonist.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** The show had, in America, anyway, a stage adaptation of the anime simply called ''Theatre/PokemonLive''. Team Rocket is more treacherous, and Mrs. Ketchum at one point lets slip out that she had a fling with [[BigBad Giovanni of Team Rocket]]. CanonDisContinuity through and through, but the "Who is Ash's father?" EpilepticTrees only had richer soil to grow in.
** An unofficial fanmade trailer, titled ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDX1m0Y2Vkg Pokémon Apokélypse]]'', has received much attention and was even purported to be real at some point. However, it has [[http://shogungamer.com/news/live-action-pokemon-movie-full-hd-trailer-and-interview-its-creators since been proven to be a fan project]]. While there are no plans for an actual fan film, the producers have stated that the possibility is not entirely ruled out.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'' got a Live-Action Adaptation that was set within the timeline of the first anime season, retaining the anthology format while notably averting the anime storyline. [[CompressedAdaptation At a mere 12 episodes, there wasn't much room for them anyway.]]
* ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'' is getting the live-action treatment from [[Film/{{Troy}} Wolfgang]] [[ThePerfectStorm Peterson]]; this shouldn't be too difficult since A) all of Satoshi Kon's movies are shot as if they are live-action and B) we've already seen that [[strike: American]] film audiences can handle [[Film/TheMatrix trippy]] [[Film/{{Inception}} dream]] plots.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is also going to have a live-action movie around the same time (~2012-13 ...[[DevelopmentHell or not]]). While it doesn't deal with trippy dream plots, aliens, or time travel it might have a problem with looking too much like ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' (or is it the other way around...?).
* Little known (in the West) manga series ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'' (''Today, It's My Turn!!'') somehow managed to get a film version after a six-episode OVA series proved to be somewhat popular. The main characters' defining traits (their ''yankee'' hairstyles, blonde perm for one and HUGE spikes for the second) were carried over as well as the makeup budget would allow, and the comic violence remained, though toned down somewhat to allow for real world physics.
* A [[http://yamato-movie.net/movie_yokoku.html big-budget live-action adaptation]] of ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' (better known in the West as ''StarBlazers'') hit the big screen in Japan back in December 2010.
* Warner Brothers have secured the rights to make one out of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. It is scheduled to hit theaters in 2014.
* It was recently announced that ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' would be getting a Hollywood adaption. Little is known about it, but they're apparently going to try to make it more realistic. A lot of fans are worried about how that is going to work out.
* A ''Anime/LastExile'' film [[DevelopmentHell may or may not be happening]]; an as-of-yet unnamed producer from New Line Cinema has been eyeing the series [[http://patrickmacias.blogs.com/er/2005/02/free_soul_wada_.html since at least 2005,]] and there was a piece of concept art that was leaked onto the Internet before it was removed, so there may be hope yet.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' got the live-action drama treatment in July 2011. The fandom pretty much exploded [[{{Squee}} in glee.]]
* ''Anime/{{Gantz}}'' was made into a two-part affair, released in 2010-11. Kenichi Matsuyama count: 3.
* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' got a live-action TV series and film.
* ''Manga/OnePoundGospel''
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' has been put into production for a TV series with Starz Network.
* ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'' has a live-action TV series. Basically a live-action cartoon.
* In early December 2011, ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' got the live-action treatment, with Yui Aragaki playing Akane Tendō, Kenta Kaku and Natsuna playing male/female Ranma, Kento Nagayama playing Kunō, Maki Nishiyama playing Nabiki, Kyōko Hasegawa playing Kasumi, and Yuta Kanai playing Gosunguki among others ([[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-10-06/live-action-ranma-special-cast-further-revealed full list here]]). Sadly, early reports from translators suggest that it rates at best a 2 on the SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification.
* ''IS: Otoko Demo Onna Demo nai Sei'' has had a TV drama adaptation.
* ''Manga/{{Life}}'' by Keiko Suenobu has a live-action drama, that for some reason [[AdaptationDecay she cuts her hair]] instead of [[SelfHarm arms]].
* A live action version of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' premiered in Japan on August 2012, to rave reviews and box office success (grossing over $36 million). The film was subsequently released in 60 other countries, where it went on to earn more than $60 million worldwide. Many fans and critics have hailed it as one of the best live action adaptations of a manga/anime series ever made. High praise was given for it's fantastic action sequences and stellar cast (particularly [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Takeru Sato]] as Kenshin). You can watch [[http://youtu.be/lc_JmcRxdx8 the trailer here on YouTube]]
* {{Josei}} manga in general are much more likely to be adaptated into live-action than anime, considering their target audience might not be that much into cartoons. Most 20+ volume series, like ''Waru'', ''Galboy!'' and ''Keirinyarou'', were adapted into live-action shows.
* The ''Manga/LiarGame'' manga got a live-action adaptation that has run as a two-season drama and two full-length movies so far.
* A live-action movie of ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'', with Tomohisa Yamashita as Joe Yabuki, was released in 2011.
* ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' has a 2005 Live-Action movie.
* ''Manga/TeamMedicalDragon'' had a two-season Live Action Adaptation.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' is having a live-action movie, tragically, the only character from the series that will be present is Sebastian; the main character being a descendant of Ciel.
* Production for a live-action ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' movie started in 2011 and was set to air sometime in 2013, however, due to creative differences, the director quit, pushing the date back. Now, the movie is set to air sometime between 2013 and 2014
* A live action ''PrincessJellyfish'' movie has been announced for 2014, starring Masaki Suda from ''KamenRiderW''.
* There is talk of a live action ''{{Manga/Cyborg 009}}'' [[http://www.archaia.com/archaia-titles/cyborg-009/ movie in the works]], with F.J. DeSanto (who is also writing the modern adaptation of the series) producing it.
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[[folder:Adapted from Board Games]]
* You know Hollywood is running out of ideas when they're developing movies based on '''BoardGames''': ''TabletopGame/{{Risk}}'', ''Ouija'', and ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' all have movies in development.
* ''Film/{{Battleship}}''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' -- actually a pretty good movie.
** There was even a ''GameShow adaptation'' in the UK, under its original name ''Cluedo''.
** And now a [[Series/{{Clue}} Hub Network miniseries]] featuring teenage versions of the suspects hunting down a killer who is none of them.
* And completely left of field, and not even a boardgame, is ''Viewmaster''. Yes, a Viewmaster movie is in the works.
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[[folder:Adapted from Comic Books]]
* The ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' series of comic books were adapted into a live-action film that shares its name of the second book in the series, ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''. Despite being a failure at the box-office (thank you, ''Film/TheExpendables'') it was well-received by critics.
* ''Series/TheTick'' had a short-lived prime-time live-action adaptation on Creator/{{Fox}} in the early 2000s. [[ExecutiveMeddling It had some problems]]. [[ScrewedByTheNetwork The problems weren't with the show]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' franchise has had many live action incarnations dating all the way back to the late forties and early fifties. Among the more famous ones are George Reeves's ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', Creator/ChristopherReeve's ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie series, and Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Film/ManOfSteel'' reboot.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' is much the same way as ''Superman''. There is rarely a few years that go by without some new incarnation, with the most current successful story being ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga.''
* ''Film/GreenLantern'' and ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' can now be added to the list of DC comics that got a live-action adaptation.
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} also managed to receive a [[Film/{{Catwoman}} movie adaptation in 2004]], although [[{{Understatement}} it wasn't exactly well-received]] and the character was an original one only tangentially related to ''Batman'''s Catwoman.
* Creator/MarvelComics has also supported adaptations of their characters, especially around the late 1990s and early 2000s.
** More notable versions include the film versions of ''Film/SpiderMan'', ''Film/{{X-Men}}'', ''[[Film/FantasticFour Fantastic]] [[Film/FantasticFour2015 Four]]'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Film/IronMan'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]]''
** There were also adaptations of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' and ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' in the 1970s.
** There's also word that they're making a ''{{Deadpool}}'' movie.
** Of course, there's the ''Film/TheAvengers'' movie that ties in four years worth of [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel superhero motion pictures]] and brings together the heroes of ''The Incredible Hulk'', ''Iron Man'', ''Thor'', and ''Captain America'' for the culmination of one of the most ambitious superhero movie projects to date.
* The ''SinCity'' movie is one of the most faithful comic-to-film adaptations made with an almost complete recreation of three stories from the comic. It was even co-written and co-directed by FrankMiller.
* There have been three live-action adaptations of ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': ''Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar'' (based mostly on ''Asterix The Gaul'', with elements of several other albums); ''Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra'' (based on ''Asterix and Cleopatra'') and ''Asterix at the Olympic Games'' (based on ''Asterix at the Olympic Games''). ''Asterix In Britain'' (based on ''Asterix in Britain'') is currently in production.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has had [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles three live-action films]], as well as the live-action television series ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'', all of which were produced during the 1990s. The 2007 movie, however, is straight-up CGI animation.
** And now a [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 fourth]] in the form of a [[ContinuityReboot Continuity Reboot]], with the Brothers and Splinter as [[SerkisFolk Serkis Folk]].
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' typically sticks to cartoon adaptations; however in the early 90s they tried out a live-action MadeForTV movie. It was called "Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again".
* Franchise/TheSmurfs got their own [[Film/TheSmurfs live action movie]], with the eponymous Smurfs being CG. The first of a planned trilogy, with the [[Film/TheSmurfs2 second film]] released in 2013. Unfortunately, the performance of ''The Smurfs 2'' has caused Sony to cancel plans for the third movie in the trilogy, instead opting for an all-CGI ContinuityReboot with their next movie in 2015.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'', [[AdaptationDisplacement believe it or not]], is [[InNameOnly loosely]] based of a [[ComicBook/MenInBlack comic of the same name]].
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[[folder:Adapted from Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', going into the "how Jon got his pets" story that the comic and cartoon never touched. The sequel, meanwhile, was straight-up PrinceAndPauper. The live-action film made Jon much less of a dork than he is in the comics and even had him successfully wooing Liz. The comic strip accordingly hooked the two of them up around the same time, though movie Jon married her while comic Jon has yet to get that far. Curiously, Bill Murray played Garfield, who had previously been played by the late Lorenzo Music in [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends the popular 80s cartoon series]]. Lorenzo Music previously played Peter Venkman, Bill Murray's character in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', in the cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''.
** In fact, the TV movie about Garfield's nine lives showed how Jon got Garfield, and the comic showed Odie was previously owned by [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome a man named Lyman]].
* ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' has been adapted in several media, most prominently in a series of live action films from 1938 to 1950. They made 28 movies!
* ''Film/{{Popeye}}'', starring RobinWilliams and Shelley Duvall.
* ITV actually made a live-action ''ComicStrip/AndyCapp'' sitcom in 1988. [[BritishBrevity It only lasted for six episodes.]]
* Sweden has a very long tradition of turning humor comic strips and comic books into live-action movies, with the 1940s and 1950s being the golden age. Swedish comics that have been made into live-action movies more than once include ''91:an Karlsson, Kronblom, 47:an Löken, Ĺsa-Nisse'', and ''Biffen Och Bananen''.
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[[folder:Adapted from Films]]
* A ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' movie was adapted from the original animated film, which did well enough for a sequel and a new cartoon series.
* ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook Mowgli's Story]]''
* Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''. According to Entertainment Weekly, this may have started off [[FollowTheLeader a trend]] for Live-Action Adaptations of DisneyAnimatedCanon, which [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast already]] [[Disney/TheLionKing has]] [[Film/MaryPoppins a number of]] [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid live stage]] [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} productions]], not to mention ''Disney on Ice''.
** ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', a POVSequel to ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' is presumably the first example of this becoming a trend.
* ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'', though it should be mentioned that the anime was itself an adaptation of a well-known novel from the 1960s.
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' was going to get one. [[CulturalTranslation It was going to be set in (Neo-)Manhattan]] and get a giant RaceLift to boot, before GeorgeTakei boycotted it and the director flounced from the project in a flurry of bad publicity. However, there are still talks pertaining to the film's production.
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[[folder:Adapted from Puppet Shows]]
* Although the [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} original]] was not, strictly speaking, animated, the live-action film adaptation of ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' is very much in the same spirit. Though confusingly, ''The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction'' refers to the original as an animated puppet series, apparently defining ''animation'' broadly as ''giving the illusion of life'' rather than the usual definition.
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[[folder:Adapted from Theme Parks]]
* Films based on DisneyThemeParks rides: ''Film/TheHauntedMansion'', ''Film/TheCountryBears'' (based on the now-defunct -- at least at Disneyland -- Country Bear Jamboree), ''Film/MissionToMars'' (which got a ride of its own with EPCOT's "Mission: Space"), and ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' (the only really successful one so far, although ''The Haunted Mansion'' is going to get ContinuityReboot thanks to Creator/GuillermoDelToro). A film based on the Magic Kingdom by Jon Favreau is in the works as well.
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[[folder:Adapted from Toys]]
* ''Film/{{Bratz}}'', though it was based on dolls anyway. Fortunately for the fate of the universe as we know it, nobody bothered to go see it.
* ''MonsterHigh'' was ''[[DevelopmentHell supposed]]'' to get one in 2012.
** It's coming in 2016 now.
* The 2000s ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies, [[FanNickname also known as]] Bayformers thanks to the director, Creator/MichaelBay. The production of which gave us the former TropeNamer for SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced via the inclusion of PeterCullen.
* ''Franchise/GIJoe: [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra The Rise of Cobra]]'', which had aims to start a franchise along the lines of Bayformers. It's getting a sequel in the form of 2012's ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', starring [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and BruceWillis. Yes. ''That'' Bruce Willis.
** As established with the MarvelComics series, there absolutely ''must'' be a {{Crossover}}.
* A ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' live-action movie was released in 1987. It bombed at the box office, and plans for a sequel fell through.[[note]]Sets and costumes had already been built, they ended up in the Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme movie ''Film/{{Cyborg}}''[[/note]] A new ''Masters'' movie has been in DevelopmentHell for the past several years, though recent news suggest that casting might be starting soon.
* While a ''Toys/{{Gormiti}}'' movie is in the works, in 2008 there was a musical with Creator/CirqueDuSoleil choreography.
* And then there's even a live-action ''{{Franchise/Barbie}}'' movie in the works.
* The ''AmericanGirlsCollection'' also had a share of live-action films released to mixed or positive reception, starting with a MadeForTVMovie based on Samantha Parkington's stories in 2004, and was followed by ''Felicity: An American Girl Adventure'' (2005), ''Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front'' (2006) and the 2008 theatrically released film ''Kit Kittredge: An American Girl'', as well as films based on Girl of the Year characters like ''Chrissa Stands Strong'' (2009). ''[=McKenna=] Shoots For The Stars'' (2012) and ''Saige Paints the Sky'' (2013).
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* ''Film/MortalKombat''
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** The [[VideoGameMoviesSuck much-dismissed]] ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' film.
** ''The SuperMarioBrothersSuperShow'' used live-action wrap around segments, though the main segments were animated.
** The webseries ''ThereWillBeBrawl''.
** ''The Super Mario Bros Ice Capades''. The one where the bros defeat enemies with what look to be semi realistic bazookas.
** ''King Koopa's Kool Kartoons'', to the most limited degree possible. Well, it was [[BigBad Bowser]] in live action anyway, just no one else.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** A ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie led by Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme and RaulJulia.
** Also fan films ''StreetFighterTheLaterYears'', ''WebVideo/StreetFighterHigh (and The Musical)'', and the officially endorsed ''Street Fighter Legacy''.
** ''Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi'', which has neither Van Damme nor Julia ([[ActorExistenceFailure though the latter can be excused for not reprising his role]]) -- [[InNameOnly although that's hardly the extent of the film's problems]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' led by Wrestling/DwayneJohnson.
* ''Film/{{Tekken}}''
* ''Film/DOADeadOrAlive''
* Live-Action ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' Trailer.
* Creator/UweBoll's ''Film/HouseOfTheDead''.
* ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime''
* [[DevelopmentHell In the works]] for 2010s: ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Warcraft]]'', ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' (was supposed to be [[Film/{{District9}} Neil Blomkamp's]] first film), ''VideoGame/BioShock1'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', ''VideoGame/TheSims'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' (again).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcNriiII9zo A YouTube video of a live-action adaption]] of ''Hotel Mario''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfX643fzzZw These are the Live-Action Faces of Evil]]!
* ''Film/WingCommander''
* ''Film/DoubleDragon''
* TakashiMiike did the live-action adaptation of ''VideoGame/RyuGaGotoku'', also known as ''Yakuza'' in the west. It was an adaptation in name only, focusing on a minor character and original characters as well as dumbing down any important plot elements from the game. Still was an entertaining film, just an adaptation in name only.
* A movie based loosely on ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors'' is currently in production, and although it isn't confirmed to be live-action yet, the previews seem to be pointing that way. [[http://www.slashfilm.com/horrorcomedy-zombies-ate-neighbors-development-based-90s-video-game/ Here's the info.]]
* ''TraumaTeam'' by Atlus is being made into a live-action television show, by the same man behind the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' adaption.
* ''TheLegendOfNeil''
* ''[[KunioKun Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun]]'' is getting a 13-episode drama. The pilot episode will be screened at the Shitamachi Comedy Film Festival on September 14, 2013.
* Two ''DungeonSiege'' movies. By Creator/UweBoll, of course. At least, the first one had a few well-known actors (JasonStatham, Creator/RonPerlman, RayLiotta, Creator/BurtReynolds).
* Creator/ColumbiaPictures have [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/sonic-hedgehog-movie-works-at-710867 secured]] the rights to co-produce with Sega a hybrid live-action/CGI [[Film/SonicTheHedgehog film adaptation]] based on ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. A screenplay and release date have yet to be revealed. Columbia is also considering an ''entire franchise'' of films, depending on if the project goes well.
** Many ''Sonic'' fans could not resist pointing out the {{irony}} over Sega allowing a company owned by a conglomerate who was at one time one of their biggest competitors in the video game console market to co-produce and oversee production of the movie. An InternetBackdraft ensued with this irony.
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* Japanese film director TakashiMiike (of ''Manga/IchiTheKiller'' fame) released a live-action version of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' in 2012. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umyms8JVYWg Trailer.]] [[Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney The movie]], despite darker and more serious tones compared to the game (which deals with murder cases on a day to day basis, but still) was received warmly and achieved modest success from audiences and reviewers. It helps that the Narumiya/Saitou pair (Naruhodo or Phoenix/Mitsurugi or Miles) wasn't too hard on the eyes, and that Miike wasn't shy in having fun with the gravity defying hair as well as the special effects.
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[[folder:Adapted from Web Comics]]
* A live-action adaptation of the Krakow Studios comic ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' has progressed far enough to post trailers on Website/YouTube.
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* ''Film/ScoobyDoo'', the first film which heavily parodied the original and featured the title character (and TheScrappy himself) as a CGI creation. A theatrical sequel and a direct-to-video prequel followed.
* ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'', which features the characters from the show as CGI creations and looks like it's going to be a homage of the show. So far it seems very close to the source material, and JustinTimberlake's Boo Boo voice is actually pretty good. It's basically the cartoon in live-action, unlike other adaptations that take the InNameOnly approach.
* ''Film/TheFlintstones'' has two live-action films, one featuring a star-studded cast of John Goodman as Fred, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma, Creator/RickMoranis as Barney, Rosie O'Donnell as Betty, Creator/ElizabethTaylor as Wilma's mother and even saw Creator/HalleBerry in a small role before she was truly famous. While poorly reviewed, it was a financial success and seemed destined to spawn a franchise... except that the eventual sequel languished in development hell so long that the entire cast moved on. The later prequel, trying to tell how Fred and Wilma fell in love, came out six years later and bombed.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' show spawned several live-action films from its numerous segments.
** ''Boris and Natasha'' was a made-for-television film (though it eventually got a theatrical release) that had little to do with the show thanks to rights issues, but starred the titular spies. Instead of Rocky and Bullwinkle, the duo had to contend with Agent Moose and Agent Squirrel.
** ''The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle'' eventually got made almost entirely because Universal had the film rights and needed to make the film. It had languished in DevelopmentHell for years beforehand. Since the resulting film had NoFourthWall, it made hay out of this as the plot begins when FBI Agent Karen Sympathy has to climb a lighthouse and literally greenlight the entire film herself.
** ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' put Brendan Fraser in the title role, not long after he had just donned a loincloth to play ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', another Jay Ward creation. Unlike the latter film, this one tanked.
** The horrible performance of both the ''Rocky and Bullwinkle'' film and ''Dudley Do-Right'' killed production on a live-action ''Peabody and Sherman'' film. The project recently revived as a CGI film at ''Dreamworks'' instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' had two live-action films, one with Brendan Fraser that was a massive success for Disney and one that had to go straight to DVD. As both films operated on the principle of NoFourthWall, the second film engaged in LampshadeHanging over the cast change.
* ''Film/InspectorGadget'' starred Matthew Broderick. Though the film was a critical disaster and despised by fans, it made enough money to spawn a direct-to-DVD sequel... starring [[Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun French Stewart]]. Ironically, the latter was more faithful to the cartoon show that spawned it.
* ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussyCats'' moved into ''Series/CharliesAngels''-esque ActionGirl-style.
* ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'', starring Keenan Thompson as the lead character and used a plot in which a depressed teenage girl ends up summoning the characters from the cartoon into the real world.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' got an Creator/MNightShyamalan adaptation in 2010 -- ''Film/TheLastAirbender''. (The name was changed because of trademark conflicts with James Cameron's ''Film/{{Avatar}}''; they decided not to fight it even though ''Avatar: The Last Airbender'' came first.) They condensed the first season into a movie, hoping to make another two movies based on the other two seasons. However, the film was a disaster (largely due to not letting the original creators on the writing team as well as changing a number of things around) dashing any hope for more movies despite the film ending on a SequelHook.
* ''Film/Ben10RaceAgainstTime'', with [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan Lee Majors]] as Max Tennyson and [[WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures Sab Shimono]] and [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Robert]] [[Series/StargateAtlantis Picardo]] in supporting roles. The second movie, ''Film/Ben10AlienSwarm'' was based off the sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''
* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' got one with CGI chipmunks in 2007, and had a sequel in 2009, and a 3rd in 2011
* A made-for-TV movie based on ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' is one its way. Of course, the non-human characters will be CGI, since the original series had a cast of animate objects and {{funny animal}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' -- ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner''. Starring [[DrakeandJosh Drake Bell]] as a twenty three year-old Timmy Turner still in the [[FridgeLogic fifth grade]]; he still has his fairies due to acting like a kid [[LoopholeAbuse since if he does he gets to keep them]], however [[spoiler:falling in love with a beautiful, twenty three year-old Tootie threatens to break them apart since its a rather adult thing that fairies aren't needed for.]]
* WordOfGod states that the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' [[TheMovie movie]] ''So the Drama'' was originally supposed to be like this. However, due to the flop of the movie version of ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'', the movie was instead made to be a Disney Channel Original Movie, which is a shame because unlike others, this one [[WhatCouldHaveBeen could've had potential]], especially if they had Christy Carlson Romano and Creator/WillFriedle [[ActorAllusion playing their actual roles]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has had countless theater adaptations all over the world, the most well-known ones being ''Winx Power'' and ''Winx on Ice''. No live-action movies, yet.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' was adapted into a live-action(/3D) sequel series, ''Series/CodeLyokoEvolution'', released in early 2013.
* TheElectricCompany is probably the UrExample for this trope relative to WesternAnimation, as it occasionally remade its own animated sequences into live-action skits, sometimes {{Lampshading}} and [[TheParody Parodying]] the original. Either way, HilarityEnsues.
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