Definition of live action in US English:

live action

noun

  • (in filmmaking) action involving real people or animals, as contrasted with animation or computer-generated effects.

    as modifier ‘a live-action version of the cartoon’
    • ‘And this is why very few real live action films about nature have not been made.’
    • ‘In many ways digital cinema treats live action footage as just one of numerous possibilities for content.’
    • ‘Animation far exceeds live action when it comes to a dubbed language track.’
    • ‘What makes you choose live action or animation as a medium to work in?’
    • ‘Films can be of any genre - live action drama, animation, documentary - even a combination of the above.’
    • ‘In that respect the animation fares much better than Japanese live action films dubbed to English.’
    • ‘There is another major piece of the puzzle that remains a weight over both animation and live action.’
    • ‘The work showed a director able to blend live action and special effects in powerful packages.’
    • ‘To me, live action cinematography and narrative is pretty much everything.’
    • ‘Video quality is, in my opinion, harder to assess for animation than it is when dealing with live action.’
    • ‘You may think that an animated film cannot match live action for a good, scary mystery.’
    • ‘It is half live action, half hyperrealistic animation.’
    • ‘Animated adventures offer us a world impossible to visit in live action.’
    • ‘We have a lot of scenarios, for a mixture of live action and animation.’
    • ‘When the film switches to live action in the middle of the credits, for a second, it is hard to tell that anything is different.’
    • ‘Actually, I believe it is a real live action affair with added animation.’
    • ‘That was something I didn't think was even going to be animated, I might have thought of it as live action.’
    • ‘Unique within the Calling Card program, it's a film that mixes live action with stop-motion animation.’
    • ‘The lovably loathsome character is coming to the small screen in a mix of live action and animation and will ooze with fun for all of the family!’
    • ‘There's surprisingly little action and what there is reminds us that part of the fun of live action is the sense that the actors might really be in danger.’

Pronunciation

live action

/ˌlīv ˈakSH(ə)n/