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Anime and Manga
- In two of the anime episodes, the art suddenly changes to manga style for a while.
- There is also the scene where it shifts to South Park style animation for Amarao's haircut.
- Claymation is used as a form of censorship in the Magician's Academy anime adaptation, also not appearing in the DVD.
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Whenever a ghost is killed, it switches to a live action shot of a paper mache model of the ghost exploding. Also there is a blink and you miss it scene in the beach episode where the animation shifts to South Park for a quick scene.
- The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers decide to go without smoking dope to see how it feels, and as they sit around a table and the effects wear off, the strip goes from pen & ink to photographs of people made up to look like them. They get bored very quickly and revert to their old selves.
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #45 has a one-off panel of four of the Scavengers, where the usual art has been replaced with a photo of their real-life G1 toys in a field.
- Better Off Dead has gag sequences in both clay and regular animation, representing the teenaged protagonist's bizarre daydreams about dancing hamburgers and so forth.
- In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, after the Heart of Gold uses the infinite improbability drive, everything and everyone in the ship briefly turns into yarn. The actors are all replaced by stop-motion yarn figures for this gag.
- Horton Hears a Who! does this twice. First, when Horton hears the yelp and wonders what could be on the speck, the resulting Imagine Spot is traditionally animated in a style resembling Dr. Seuss' illustrations. Later, the film briefly shifts from CGI into more traditional 2D animesque animation as Horton imagines himself as a ninja sworn to protect the tiny world on the clover and take it to Mount Nool, complete with Lip Lock.
- Stay Tuned: Roy and Helen are Trapped in TV Land; at one point they're in a cartoon as mice (in a sequence directed by Chuck Jones).
- When Jeff recounts the legend of Cthulhu in The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu it switched to a comic-book style animation.
- In Big Man Japan, during the final fight scene, live action and realistic but very strange CGI shifts into what looks like a Power Rangers knock-off. The deadly monster becomes a goofy guy in a red suit. This can be interpreted as the protagonist's fevered visions before death or something even stranger.
- Community has had several instances of this:
- "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" was done entirely in stop motion animation to go along with Abed's breakdown.
- In "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism", when Jeff and Shirley get into a fight over foosball, their anger is expressed via an abrupt shift to an animesque cartoon sequence.
- In "Digital Estate Planning", most of the action is on 8-bit avatars of the characters as they play a video game.
- In "Intro to Felt Surrogacy" about half the scenes have the main characters as muppets, since the Study Group is recounting a story via puppet-therapy.
- "G.I. Jeff" is mostly animated in a dated, low-quality fashion that fits the episode's title- with little interludes of stop animation from fake G.I. Joe action figures.
- Fringe did this unexpectedly. In one of the latest episodes of Season 3, it turned into a cartoon... because they couldn't get William Bell's actor to show up.
- One episode of Home Improvement had a Christmas Dream Sequence done in stop-motion animation reminiscent of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Non-joke version (sort of) in Life On Mars, with a brief sequence of Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt as stop motion characters in a Camberwick Green sequence caused by the drugs Sam Tyler was being fed while in his coma.
- In My Name Is Earl, Randy was given some drugs and saw the world in clay animation.
- The full version of the musical number "Tongue Tied" from Red Dwarf includes a clay-animated sequence.
- "Back in the Red, Part 3" sees the crew trying to escape a computer simulation. On pulling it off, they end up in the claymation screen saver for a time.
- During the period it was part of Saturday Night Live, this was a feature of "TV Funhouse". More recently, one of the Digital Shorts had the characters from "TV Funhouse" segment "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" transformed into live-action versions of themselves.
- Farscape did an episode where Crichton started hallucinating everything happening in a Looney Tunes Coyote and Road Runner type of cartoon.
- Black Books at one point has all the characters turn into puppets. One DVD extra has a "mini-series" made completely of these puppets.
- In one episode of That '70s Show, the guys are discussing Scooby-Doo and they briefly appear as cartoon characters.
- In the final episode of Two and a Half Men, Rose's account of what really happened to Charlie is presented as a CGI cartoon.
- The rabbit mascot of Nintendo Badge Arcade turns from a cartoon character into a realistic pink bunny when discussing the game's use of microtransactions ("You need real money to play. And by 'real', I mean this kind of real.")
- Used for an April Fools' Day prank in Battle for Dream Island (live-action puppets).
- Used in episode two and three of RWBY with the art direction taking a turn toward a more anime-esque style. The first when Ruby starts to fangirl over the other students weapons, the second occasion comes toward the end of the episode when Ruby and her sister, Yang, begin play-fighting (complete with Big Ball of Violence)
- In Hoofstuck, when Pinkie Pie agrees to answer the CMC's questions, the picture turns into a Tumblr-style "Ask a Pony" image, with textboxes. When Fluttershy retreats into her imagination, the whole comic shifts into a black-and-white Problem Sleuth homage, with Fluttersleuth engaging in some absurd puzzle solving on the side.
- Aside from an animated title sequence, The Cartoon Man is entirely live action for its first half hour, with all "cartoon" elements being portrayed with cheesy physical effects. Then suddenly, Roy removes his sunglasses to reveal a pair of 2-D animated eyes. This begins the use of animated effects throughout the movie's last act and the sequel.
- Chowder occasionally cuts to stop motion or puppetry for brief moments. One episode had a dancing minotaur baby in Conspicuous CG, whose appearance freaked out the other characters in an In-Universe example of the Uncanny Valley effect.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog has several cases of Medium Blending that are brought up very suddenly for the sake of both humor and horror:
- In "'Courage in the Big Stinkin' City", Courage walks in on a young girl playing a violin from behind. As soon as Courage lets his guard own, she turns around and makes a claymation Nightmare Face.
- In "Perfect", one of Courage's Anxiety Dreams is a very bizarre figure (seemingly Eustace's bugle given a human head on the end) animated in CGI.
- Family Guy:
- In the "Road to the Multiverse" episode, Brian and Stewie find themselves in a dimension where they are a live-action dog and baby, and instead of commenting on it, they merely state that the universe scares them, and they immediately leave.
- An earlier example occurs when Peter turns live action during a drug-induced Freak Out!.
- The Star Wars episodes all have this.
- In one episode a sex scene between Peter and Lois is represented by a live action Dwayne Johnson bashing their action figures together.
- The punchline of the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Rabbit Hood" is that Robin Hood has been MIA for most of the film, and when he finally appears, it's live-action footage of Errol Flynn from The Adventures of Robin Hood. A dumbfounded Bugs comments, "That's silly, it couldn't be him!"
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius/The Fairly OddParents! crossover episodes had fun with this. In the second, one character jumped back and forth between CGI and 2D animated "worlds", shouting, "I'm bulgy! Now I'm flat! I'm bulgy! I'm flat!"
Cosmo: I've never felt more alive! ...Get it? "Felt?"
- The Fairly OddParents episode "Channel Chasers", though mostly in the show's normal 2D animation (and full of Art Shifts, given the Trapped in TV Land plot), features a brief segment where the characters appear on a preschool TV show, turning them into Sesame Street-style Muppets (in fact, when they jump through the TV, a hand can be seen pulling their puppet forms out of frame).
- The Simpsons:
- In one segment in the 2010 Christmas Episode, everybody in Maggie's dream was a Muppet-like "Fluppet" instead of a cartoon character, with the exception of special live-action guest Katy Perry.
- In one Halloween episode, Homer entered "the third dimension" and became CGI 3D, as did Bart when he went into that dimension to rescue Homer.
- Another Halloween Episode had Bart and Lisa Trapped in TV Land, at one point interrupting Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.
- One episode had the opening re-enacted by live actors (actually a promo for Sky1).
- One Couch Gag was a parody of the Breaking Bad opening, being watched by a live-action Walt and Jesse.
- Another Couch Gag was done in Stop Motion by the team behind Robot Chicken.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
Mr. Krabs: Mrs. Puff? Aw, she's married.SpongeBob: Oh no, Mr. Krabs, she's single.Mr. Krabs: Then what happened to Mr. Puff?[cut to someone turning on a lamp made out of a pufferfish]SpongeBob: She doesn't like to talk about it.
- The show occasionally shifts from a cartoon to a cheap puppet show. One episode in particular is "Pressure", in which SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward and Sandy all leave the ocean, and when they arrive on dry land...they are lousy toys or models propped up as puppets. The only exception, of which, is Squidward, whose puppet looks disturbingly like the actual Squidward.
- The multiple cuts to an extreme close-up of a deer fly in "Wormy".
- A slightly disturbing example from "Krusty Love":
- In "SpongeGuard on Duty", SpongeBob imagines being a lifeguard, represented by live-action footage of a person in a SpongeBob mascot costume standing in a lifeguard tower.
- There's also the classic scene in which Squidward wonders who was flickering the lights throughout an episode, and the camera shifts to see Nosferatu turning the lights on and off.
- One episode of South Park featured a scene reshot in flashy CGI, to make fun of George Lucas adding CGI effects to the original Star Wars trilogy.
- There was an episode of Arthur that had fantasy segments based on South Park, Beavis and Butt-Head, Dexter's Laboratory and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
- In the closing credits of an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Hoss Delgado wakes up as a live action puppet in a Cartoon Network dumpster.
- Similarly in Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure, there's a scene where the protagonists go into the "Hole of Oddities" and turn into hand puppets.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pinkie Pie's imagination is in felt animation.
- In the episode "Pinkie Pride", Cheese Sandwich's rubber chicken Boneless and Pinkie's pet alligator Gummy are briefly rendered in live-action during a musical number.
- Then, in "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", the dimension Discord threatens to throw Tree Hugger in is live-action as well, this time a Mexican sockpuppet walking around with a kid's drawing for a background.
- The Tex Avery MGM cartoon Lucky Ducky has a scene where two hunters chase a duckling past a sign, and suddenly find themselves in black and white. Doubling back, they notice that the sign reads "Technicolor ends here".
- Codename: Kids Next Door did this on more than one occasion, with notable examples being the "murder mystery" episode where a "dramatization" of the crime is shown with a fat live-action man playing the part of Numbuh 3's sister.
- Phineas and Ferb did this in an episode set in the Stone Age, where cutaways to the show's creators in deliberately choppy photoanimation explained what was going on.
- The Amazing World of Gumball already has loads of Medium Blending, but still manages this trope by occasionally having individual characters change medium: for instance, a twister in "The Storm" ends up making a bunch of characters have their individual mediums scattered between each other. Not to mention "The Money" having the animation's budget degrading along with the Wattersons' own to the point the quality starts degrading by the second until they finally sell out.
- Teen Titans Go!: The season 1 finale has a part of the episode done as puppets.
- Gravity Falls:
- In "Weirdmageddon", Dipper and Wendy at one point drive through a weirdness bubble that turns them briefly into a variety of styles - including their live-action voice actors! This is especially odd given that 12-year-old Dipper's voice actor was 36 at the time, and had a beard.
- In “Little Gift Shop Of Horrors” at the end of the story dubbed ‘Clay Day’, where Soos is turned into a clay figure.
- This trope is also shown in the end credits of “Sock Opera”, where Mabel has a dream where Dipper, Stan, Fiddleford and herself are featured as live-action puppets.
- Wander over Yonder:
- "The Matchmaker" features Sylvia chasing Wander (bearing a love letter from Lord Hater to Lord Dominator) through a number of alternate dimensions, culminating in one where Sylvia and Wander are replaced by a live-action still of their voice actors April Winchell and Jack McBrayer.
- "The New Toy" features a Parody Commercial for Hater's H.A.T.E.R.V., done as a live-action segment.
- One episode of Superjail! ended with an actor playing the Warden as a hobo in the real world. Another one featured Jailbot's dream of being a real boy and going fishing with the Warden, rendered in creepily realistic CG.
- In Episode 34 of Sonic Boom, Sonic has to wake up from his alarm beeping. He goes from his happier place, to his Happy Place, to where he's sleeping, to a live-action man dressed up in a bad Sonic costume and throwing a bag in the garbage.
- Roger Craig Smith: (As Sonic) Whoops, one too many.