10 of the Very Best Old School Half-Animated Movies
Live-action movies are great, and so are cartoons. But you know what can (sometimes) make an even greater film? Try a combination of BOTH. And we’re not talking about those state-of-the-art Harry Potter/Avatar (or even James and the Giant Peach/Stuart Little)-type half-animated flicks or anything. No no, we’re talking flat-as-a-pancake colorful characters next to run-of-the-mill actors, like Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (may he rest in peace). Those types of movies can be the best!
So, with the sequel to Space Jam continuing to make headlines, here are ten of the very best old school half-animated movies:
1. Mary Poppins (1964) — It’s not the first of its kind, but it was the definitely the most memorable from the ’60s and back.
2. Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971) — It’s lovely, bobbing along. Bobbing along on the bottom of the beautiful briny sea.
3. The Phantom Tollbooth (1971) — The Kingdom of Wisdom was EVERYTHING in animated form.
4. Pete’s Dragon (1977) — If only pets like Elliott existed IRL.
5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) — The best part: Steven Spielberg convinced Warner Bros., Fleischer Studios, King Features Syndicate, Felix the Cat Productions, Turner Entertainment, and Universal Pictures/Walter Lantz Productions to lend their characters to the film. That means you get to see the best of all worlds!
6. Cool World (1992) — Cartoons for kids to enjoy; Brad Pitt for Moms to enjoy. It’s a win-win.
7. The Pagemaster (1994) — Classic ’90s (and Macaulay Culkin, obvs).
8. Space Jam (1996) — Actually, we take that back. THIS is the epitome of classic ’90s. LeBron James, you have some pretty big shoes to fill with the sequel.
9. Osmosis Jones (2000) — Okay, so it’s not a great film, but it was entertaining enough.
10. Enchanted (2007) — Though not as old school as its predecessors, we couldn’t help but include the Amy Adams musical film. Do you realize it’s been 7 years already??