I've been wanting to do a project combining live action with animation (I'm a big fan of Mary Poppins, Space Jam, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit).
I finally came up with an idea for one. It's set in the 1940's. Humans and cartoon characters have been struggling from the conversion to sound and then even more to color. In this world, the conversion is literal, as each studio has to pay for the person or character to have the conversion process, otherwise they are in black and white (or in the case of sound, can't talk).
The film focuses on a cartoon character who has had the sound conversion, but the studio refuses to pay for the color conversion because the cartoons haven't been selling well. This cartoon character meets one half of a popular husband-and-wife silent film comedy team. When the team broke up, the husband went on to super stardom, and the wife couldn't connect with audiences on her own. The studio paid for the husband's conversion to sound, but refused to do so for the wife. So, the wife is black and white and silent.
The cartoon character and the actress end up bonding, and both of their spirits are lifted up until the point where the actress finds out that her ex-husband has received the color conversion, and is now dating a famous actress. She goes into a deep depression, leaving just the cartoon character there to try to raise her spirits and to try to pick up the pieces.
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