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Live action and animation -- A look at films of the past that mixed the genres, including ''Mary Poppins'' and ''9 to 5''

The sexual liaison between (huma) ”noid” cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) and ”doodle” Holli Would (Kim Basinger) in Ralph Bakshi’s Cool World may take the interaction of live actors and cartoons to extremes, but it’s not really new. Filmmakers have been mixing these media for more than 70 years in some particularly eye-catching scenes. For instance:

Anchors Aweigh (1945)
‘Noid: Sailor Joseph Brady (Gene Kelly).
Doodle: King Jerry the Mouse.
Scene: The seaman convinces the rodent ruler to rescind his anti-singing-and-dancing law by leading him through a tap-dance number.

Song of the South (1946)
‘Noid: Uncle Remus (James Baskett).
Doodle: Mr. Bluebird.
Scene: Everything is satisfactual as Remus sings ”Zip a Dee Do Dah” to the bird on his shoulder.

Mary Poppins (1964)
‘Noids: Mary the nanny (Julie Andrews) and Bert the chimney sweep (Dick Van Dyke).
Doodles: Chicken, geese, sheep, horse, cow, pig.
Scene: Bert and the barnyard chorus serenade Mary during a ”jolly ‘oliday” in the English countryside.

9 to 5 (1980)
‘Noid: Fed up secretary Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin).
Doodles: Bluebirds, raccoon, doe, rabbit, beaver.
Scene: In a stoned fantasy, the toons help Violet (dressed as Snow White) poison her sexist pig boss.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
‘Noid: Private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins).
Doodle: Sexpot Jessica Rabbit.
Scene: Wearing a red sequined dress that redefines the phrase ”cartoon figure,” Jessica coos ”Why Don’t You Do Right?” (sung by Amy Irving) while sitting on Eddie’s lap.