film, theatreand video, live-action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to by animation. As it is the norm, the term is usually superfluous, but it makes an important distinction in situations in which one might normally expect animation, as in a Pixarfilm, a video gameor when the work is adapted from an animated cartoon, such as "The Flintstones" or "Josie and the Pussycats" films, or "The Tick" television program. Use of puppets in films such as The Dark Crystalis also considered to be live-action, provided that stop-motion is not used to animate them.
The term is also used within the animation world to refer to non-cartoon characters: in a
live-action/animated filmsuch as " Who Framed Roger Rabbit" or "Mary Poppins", in which humans and cartoons co-exist, "live-action" characters are the "real" actors, such as Bob Hoskinsand Julie Andrews, as opposed to the animated "actors", such as Roger Rabbit himself.
Live-action can also means that a film or a show is adapted from an
anime, manga, or comics. Example of this show that are adapted from manga are Death Noteand Great Teacher Onizuka. The show that are adapted from anime are Speed Racerand Dragonball. The shows that are adapted from comics are from Marvel comicssuch as Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four. DC Comicssuch as Supermanand Batmanare also adapted into live-action films.
List of live-action puppet films
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