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The Fleischer brothers were absolute masters at this. They had little 3D model sets that fit perfectly into their cartoons. This was long before computers, mind. See for example.
Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor has plenty of pan-shots of huge and largely detailed locales. Avatar: The Last Airbender Ba Sing Se is a goldmine for this kind of thing. Sokka once took some swordsmanship lessons that included landscape painting of a valley and ◊ a waterfall ◊ (based of a real one in Iceland)... that he got to look at for all of three seconds. His picture was not very good. The Fire Nation royal palace is pretty nice, too.
follows up well, even moreso with an The Legend of Korra Animation Bump. Oh yeah ◊.
did this with the first of its six shorts — the backgrounds are very beautiful and detailed, in contrast to the Batman Gotham Knight character designs, which are very simple and jagged.
In the enviroment of every planet, as well as the ships are lovingly detailed, to the point where they look as realistic as any modern cinematic Star Wars: The Clone Wars All-CGI Cartoon movies.
All episodes have beautifully designed backgrounds.
Steven Universe In just the second episode of , they managed to do this with the Moon.
Futurama should be the posterchild for this trope. The lead background painter by the name of Frédéric Perrin created meticulous backgrounds which were utilised in almost every scene in the non-3D sequences of the show; Indoor, Outdoor, Industrial, Urban, Nature, you name it. Code Lyoko Check out his work for yourself.
The animated series features quite a bit of Scenery Porn, especially when showing what formidable landscape the teens had wandered into that week.
Dungeons & Dragons Though some of it hasn't aged amazingly, both and Beast Wars deserve mad props for this.
Beast Machines is recognizable for its stunning, picturesque backgrounds. Special note must be taken of the alien vistas in the Oban arc.
Ōban Star-Racers The animated series indulged in this on many occasions. Special mention should go to the episodes "Jack and the Three Blind Archers" and "Jack Remembers the Past".
Samurai Jack The theatrical short Tom and Jerry Mouse in Manhattan.
Hanna-Barbera might've had low budgets for their cartoons but many of their late fifties early sixties cartoons have beautifully painted backgrounds. John Kricfalusi talks about the paintings here.
The cartoon , which also has lots of Technicolor Porn with all the garish paints.
To Spring : "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" has a few examples of this, including the obligatory leaving-Manhattan-via-a-bridge ending (and "camera" zoom out).
The Simpsons The episode "The Ancient One" is full of these, once Leo arrives at the hidden land, where the backgrounds, instead of being in the series' usual style, are painted in a manner reminiscent of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The backgrounds on look like they came out a Moroccan and Indian influenced Chowder Dr. Seuss book. The end results are gorgeous, as shown in this opening shot ◊ from the Knishmas special.
While not exactly unimaginably detailed, the backgrounds from the Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner shorts Looney Tunes were ◊ very ◊, very ◊ pretty ◊ and had gorgeous colors.
The Prop Room (an extremely large basement that's supposed to house different props and backdrops for (almost) every animated Disney movie ever made), which for some reason, looks like something drawn by House of Mouse of all people! Guess Mike Mignola which Disney movie Mignola was involved in!
The French animated series takes a few cues from Wakfu anime... including gorgeous artwork. While this devArt page offers more characters than background, those backgrounds you do see with the characters are the barest sample.
, particularly in the first five seasons.
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Of all shows, can do this when they want to. It's usually when they're trying to make the setting romantic or just pretty, for whatever reason. A more specific example would be the walk on the beach Adam West had with Lois' sister.
Family Guy is flush with many exquisitely rendered, unique environments jam-packed into each episode, detailed (and spoiled) Thundercats 2011, here.
manages to pull this off in its My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Sugar Bowl of a Flash cartoon (take these two ◊ shots ◊ for example). The color, fluidity and amount of tiny details crammed into general shots are impressive. Some episodes use backgrounds that have never been seen before and are unlikely ever to be seen again, like the Training Montage in "Call of the Cutie", the fall foliage in "Fall Weather Friends", and the Wild West scenery throughout "Over a Barrel". There's also the pegasus city of Cloudsdale, an entire city made of clouds and rainbows. Its a pretty Sugar Bowl! In fact, Cloudsdale ◊ looks very similar to Mount Olympus ◊ from Disney's (which also falls under this trope).
Hercules manages to make a desolate, run-down, subterranean Detroit look absolutely gorgeous.
Motorcity , of all cartoons, manages to do this with its minimalist art style South Park beginning with Season 7.
Sym-BionicTitan does this with certain shots of the city of Sherman ◊, the woods ◊ surrounding it and of Galaluna ◊.
Coupled with a kickass Instrumental Theme Tune, has one of the most beautiful animated intro themes for any cartoon show in recent memory, especially considering that it's from the Disney Channel. Even the animation within each episode conveys the show's setting in the Oregon countryside to a tee.
Gravity Falls has to be one of the most beautiful Skyland After the End television shows out there. Most of the set pieces for the Floating Continent world they live in are rendered in exquisite detail.
Strangely enough, [adult swim] has recently spiced up its bumpers with spectacular scenery.