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  • Disney Animated Canon is prone to this, especially during the early films, and "Disney Renaissance" that started with The Little Mermaid (1989):
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937): Especially during an early scene (just before the creepy forest scene) of Snow picking flowers in the forest.
    • Pinocchio (1940): What a pretty town!
    • Bambi (1942) was Scenery Porn, with a little bit of story thrown in. It's sequel kept to the tradition, even going as far as reusing modified scans of the original film's background art in some places.
    • A surprising example is provided by obscure war-time Disney movies Saludos Amigos (1943) and The Three Caballeros (1944). Both have some truly amazing background art, mainly thanks to the artistic influence of designer Mary Blair. In fact, any animated Disney film with Mary Blair's influence can be considered this such as Make Mine Music!, Melody Time, the Sleepy Hollow segment from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan.
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    • Sleeping Beauty (1959). Not only are the backgrounds meticulously and beautifully painted, the animation is flawless and the foregrounds are no less breathtaking. There's a reason this movie almost bankrupted Disney.
    • The Little Mermaid (1989).
    • The little-remembered The Rescuers Down Under (1990) had some amazing shots of the Australian Outback, and the New York scenes were pretty stunning as well.
    • The ballroom scene in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991) is a brief bit of Scenery Porn. The background was done digitally, while the characters dancing were hand-drawn. As a rule, when the camera flies backwards in a widening spiral with a rotating viewpoint through a massive and detailed candelabra while the room is spinning in one direction and the dancers spin in the opposite direction and there are no mistakes, you know two things: 1) this was done with computer graphics, and 2) this is goin' on the ol' résumé. Disney still uses this clip to blow the socks off of viewers.
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    • Aladdin (1992) is full of Scenery Porn, drawn from reference photos of actual Islamic architecture (almost all of it 16th- and 17th-century Iranian, as that's where the photos were taken.)
    • The Lion King (1994) in its gorgeous shots of African plains and jungles.
    • Pocahontas (1995) - literally painting with all the colors of the wind.
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) made medieval Paris look absolutely beautiful.
    • Hercules (1997) also has a lot of this, in its very artistic portrayal of ancient Greece.
    • The shots of Chinese countryside in Mulan (1998) were fabulous, especially during "A Girl Worth Fighting For".
    • Tarzan (1999) had a lot of it.
    • Disney's Dinosaur is this with a little story thrown in. In fact, just ignore the storyline and concentrate on the stunning visuals.
    • Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) is conspicuously guilty of this — although there are plenty of us who would have died to see more. Do you have a dollar?
    • Lilo & Stitch (2002) was the first Disney movie in years to feature watercolor-painted backgrounds. This should tell you more than enough.
    • Treasure Planet (2002) begins with a shot of a spaceport shaped like a crescent moon, displaying every building and ship, and when zoomed in enough, the inhabitants. The visuals build up from there.
    • Brother Bear. Just look at it! Makes you wish it'd never become civilised.
    • The Princess and the Frog was intended to show off exactly what hand-drawn animation was capable of, and it shows. Lush colors everywhere, and the various color schemes (gold, purple and green) have a large role in the movie.
    • Tangled is continuing the tradition. For those curious, this is a real-life example of the film's lantern scene.
    • Winnie the Pooh (2011) tends to be overlooked, but it truly marvels in showing off the Hundred Acre Wood, 2011 style. Underwater scenes especially stand out.
    • Wreck-It Ralph. Sugar Rush qualifies due to the sheer amount of detail and lushness to the candy. Basically, imagine a world holding all the tracks of Mario Kart, animated in CGI and themed to look like candy. One can see it if coming back to the movie after playing Sweet Sweet Canyon in Mario Kart 8.
    • Frozen rightfully earns its place here, thanks to its beautifully animated ice and snow sequences. Several programs were developed by Disney here to ensure realism in capturing movement of characters in the snow. They even made a program just to make sure that each individual snowflake was unique!
      • Frozen II in 2019 earns a spot of its own for showing such gorgeous landscapes that if it weren't for Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf in the frame, you'd be forgiven for thinking that was a real life photograph. Also, water is depicted almost photorealistically, using the same rendering techniques learned in Moana.
    • Big Hero 6 features the beautiful city of San Fransokyo in breath-taking detail.
    • Zootopia has Judy Hopps' train ride, which shows off each region of the animal city in its full glory. It's incredible how immersed you can get due to the amount of detail that went into making each area function correctly for every mammal that could live there.
    • Moana offers breathtaking glimpses of brilliantly rendered water and wildlife all throughout the movie, with the wonders only escalating from there.
  • Every production released by Hayao Miyazaki (and Studio Ghibli by extension) manages to pull at least a long sequence of very pretty scenery. (Given Miyazaki's love of flying, it's no surprise that every work has at least one extended aerial sequence.)
  • Most of Makoto Shinkai's work. Shinkai, in fact, will focus the camera on the Scenery Porn in the middle of important scenes with his characters. 5 Centimeters per Second is the epitome of cloud Porn.
  • The animated film Patlabor 2 has a large amount of Scenery Porn. The apex of this is the "boat scene" in which two characters have a long, extremely philosophical conversation while riding a small boat down a waterway. As the conversation goes on, the camera view focuses on old buildings, factories, and other features of a near-future Tokyo.
  • While The Original Series had its moments, Rebuild of Evangelion takes this to non-stop, Nerdgasmic levels of Scenery Pornography. Seriously, just watch the second movie's trailer.
  • The 2004 Appleseed movie, particularly the flyby of Olympus in the beginning. The sequel Ex Machina does this better still.
  • Steamboy. The film took sixteen years to make, and boy does it show.
  • The 2009 Space Battleship Yamato film is a mixture of this and Technology Porn, with grand Space Opera battles and detailed spacecraft interiors and exteriors.
  • Much of The Sky Crawlers is devoted to featuring the beautiful vistas of Ireland and Poland, as well as the incredibly detailed indoor settings.
  • Angel's Egg is Yoshitaka Amano's and Mamoru Oshii's visual poem. With only about five minutes of dialog in its seventy minute run time the absolutely gorgeous visuals carry the film's elegant, surreal and poignant "narrative".
  • Coraline is this trope mixed with plot. The garden and mouse circus scenes in the other world are beyond breathtaking, especially in 3D. All done in stop-motion.
  • DreamWorks Animation:
    • The "Plagues" sequence in The Prince of Egypt is the wrath of God made manifest. It looks awesome. Most of the movie falls into this category, honestly. From simple dialogue scenes showing the vast majesty of the Egyptian empire, to Moses walking out his front- er, tent flap to be greeted with sweeping mountain landscapes, to the crossing of the Red Sea, the movie is pretty much a scenery porn extravaganza.
    • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron has the beginning scene where the eagle is flying over canyons, forests, and deserts. Just the shots of Spirit's home, the Wild West, and the Lakota village are breathtaking.
    • Kung Fu Panda. Even if you don't count the opening two minute dream sequence storyboarded and overseen by the respected and famous James Baxter (whom you may have been introduced to via The Lion King (1994)), just about every shot of the Valley of Peace counts as this... and the Jade Palace... and Chorh-Gom in the Mongolian mountains... and the suspension bridge where Tai Lung fought the Furious Five. Talk about luscious!
    • Gongmen City in the sequel takes it even further. Just look at all those buildings.
    • How to Train Your Dragon: Berk is gorgeous.
    • All over the place in Rise of the Guardians. Highlights include each of the guardians' main base of operations - the first walkthrough of North's workshop, the flight to Tooth's palace, various shots of Bunny's warren and even the first visit to Pitch's lair.
    • Once The Croods set out on their road trip, practically every stop is great to look at, especially the hidden oasis in the rock labyrinth.
  • Every animated film by René Laloux, director of obscure French weirdness like Fantastic Planet, Gandahar, and Time Masters. Bizarre but beautiful alien worlds that look straight out of a Salvador Dalí painting. Fantastic Planet is a particularly bizarre example; wallowing in strange crystalline structures and surreal images. It's Scenery Porn on drugs.
  • Pixar is very good at this:
    • The vault where the doors are stored in Monsters, Inc.
    • WALL•E. Earth as a desolate wasteland is ironically the most beautiful-looking thing in the film.
    • Cars has a long scene at the start and finish that is pretty much all Scenery Porn.
    • And its sequel, Cars 2, takes it Up to Eleven with new settings and colorful environments. At some points it looks a little too realistic for a universe made of Cars.
    • Further improved in Cars 3, where pretty much every scene looks beautiful. Special mention should go to the Florida 500 near the end.
    • In The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible's second arrival at Syndrome's island pretty much existed to show off how awesome the island was.
    • Finding Nemo has some very impressive underwater scenes.
    • A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2 both feature the same tree (to different levels of detail and mood).
    • Up has some amazing shots of the jungle, ranging from rocky terrain to lush foliage and everything in between. But it's not only that — even the cityscape and the sky can be counted in this trope.
    • Brave has this from the poster. The film itself beautifully captures the Scottish Highlands.
    • The Good Dinosaur may be highly divisive amongst critics, but there's one thing they all agree on - the scenery is absolutely beautiful. Some have compared the visuals to those of Hayao Miyazaki's films, while others have mistaken them for live-action backgrounds with CG characters, a la Dinosaur.
    • Coco has the Land of the Dead, a brilliant world of seemingly endless night that's illuminated by countless rainbow colored lights in thousands of buildings and is connected to the Land of the Living with a bridge made of marigold petals.
  • Edinburgh has never looked so lovely as from The Illusionist.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children has the settings of Edge and Midgar for the battles with Bahamut Sin and Sephiroth, respectively.
  • The Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland animated movie perfectly captures the jaw-droppingly virtuoso style of artwork that made Winsor McCay's original comic strip so memorable. Even the movie's infamously scary scenes are rendered lushly, with a large amount of fine detail.
  • The Irish/Belgian/French film The Secret of Kells. It toys with perspective masterfully in some scenes, and others are simply jaw-dropping.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has some very elaborate backgrounds made entirely of food.
  • Rio is FULL of this. There are gorgeous scenes of the jungle, but then you get to the flight scenes where we see them overhead, and oh boy! The parade also looks amazing, with dancers in great costumes and beautiful floats. A float featuring a scarlet macaw stands out in particular.
  • The Rankin & Bass adaptation of The Hobbit does a fine job of this in its scenic shots, as is only proper for an adaptation of Tolkien's work.
  • The Dragon Hunters movie is this :World in the Sky and loads and loads of ancient ruins flying apart. this troper thinks this is the greatest animation sceneries ever.
  • The Thief and the Cobbler's Recobbled Cut. The whole thing's on Youtube. To use another troper's example, Imagine Aladdin on marijuana and cough syrup. It was made BEFORE CGI was invented.
  • Sonic OVA had dozens of different environments, combined with some of the best background detail for a 90s Anime.
  • The LEGO Movie's scenery may be built with CGI LEGO, but that doesn't stop it from looking gorgeous, particularly the ocean shots. What's more, the film absolutely nailed the brickfilm (stop-motion LEGO) aethetic, to the point of looking incredibly photorealistic.
  • Surf's Up has very realistic backgrounds with moving waves, trees, foliage, shadows, etc. It barely has a single static shot.
  • In The Book of Life, San Angel in 2D and 3D is lovely, but wait until you see the riot of color and energy in the Land of the Remembered.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Both Halloweentown and Christmastown are very beautiful to look at.

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