Is Star Wars an Animated Movie?

There has been a lot of debate about whether or not Star Wars is an animated movie. Some people believe that because it includes so many special effects and computer-generated imagery, it should be considered an animated film.

Others argue that it is a live-action movie with some animated elements. Let’s take a closer look at this topic.

What is an Animated Movie?

Before we can determine whether or not Star Wars fits into this category, we need to define what an animated movie actually is. An animated movie typically involves the use of hand-drawn or computer-generated images to create a moving picture. These images are usually created frame-by-frame, and then played back at high speeds to create the illusion of motion.

The Animation in Star Wars

If we look at the original trilogy (Episodes IV-VI), it’s clear that there are some scenes that involve animation. For example, the holographic messages sent by Princess Leia are clearly animated, as are some of the creatures and aliens that appear throughout the movies.

However, most of the special effects in Star Wars were achieved through practical means, such as using miniatures and models, rather than through animation. Even scenes involving space battles and lightsaber fights were filmed with real actors against green screens, which were later filled in with computer-generated backgrounds.

The Prequels and Sequels

When we look at the prequel trilogy (Episodes I-III) and the sequel trilogy (Episodes VII-IX), there is certainly more animation involved. The prequels relied heavily on CGI (computer-generated imagery) for many of their characters and environments. The same can be said for most of the creatures in the sequels.

However, even though these films contain more animation than the original trilogy did, they are still primarily live-action movies with some animated elements thrown in.


So, is Star Wars an animated movie? The answer is no.

While there are certainly some animated elements in the films, the vast majority of the special effects were achieved practically or through other means. At its core, Star Wars is a live-action movie with some added visual effects.

Ultimately, whether or not you consider Star Wars to be an animated movie comes down to personal interpretation. However, from a technical standpoint, it doesn’t fit into the traditional definition of an animated film.

  • Key Takeaways:
  • Animated movies involve hand-drawn or computer-generated images played back at high speeds to create motion.
  • Star Wars primarily uses practical effects and live-action footage, although it does include some animated elements.
  • Whether or not Star Wars is considered an animated movie depends on personal interpretation, but technically it does not fit into the traditional definition of one.