I can't quite remember the name of this movie. Somewhere before 2010 but is probably older than that. It was either on Encore channel or HBO. I can only remember the film being very clockwork/steampunk themed with the robots or characters being all 3-D animated but the girl is live action. She dresses like a tomboy. At one point an older girl presumably her sister, brainwashed her somehow into putting on makeup and a dress.

  • One of these, possibly; Wikpedia:List of films with live action and animation
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 8, 2019 at 6:22
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    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 8, 2019 at 6:26
  • Could it be Oz-related? The elements of "clockwork robot" and a "girl changing from masculine to feminine" remind me of Tik-Tok and Ozma. Commented Sep 8, 2019 at 13:30
  • This sounds vaguely familiar. Was the dress overly floofy, and the makeup badly caked on?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Sep 8, 2019 at 14:17
  • The dress was indeed floofy and the makeup was badly caked on. Like queen Victoria style from what I remember. And if it's any help of all, the film was greatly yellow-hued with all warm tones. No blues or such from what I remember.
    – Sid
    Commented Sep 8, 2019 at 15:15

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This sounds something like MirrorMask, a Neil Gaiman-written movie from 2005. The main character, Helena, is pretty tomboyish and towards the end of the movie is hypnotized/brainwashed by an older woman (her parallel-universe "mother") into believing she's a princess. The movie uses a very consistent yellowish tone throughout the bulk of the runtime, resembling a mix of sepia-toned footage and the dull glow of sodium lamps, and there's a great deal of intentional haziness or heavy film grain for stylization purposes.

Helena and a few other characters are portrayed through live-action, while most of the rest are CGI, so that fits with your recollection. One character, Valentine, wears a mask that hinders facial expression and makes him look somewhat robotic but he's flesh-and-blood, so that's a slight difference.

This site has a bunch of pictures and a summary that might help ID the movie as what you're looking for.

  • Thanks everyone!
    – Sid
    Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 2:54
  • @Sid If my answer, or anyone else's who adds one, is the movie you're looking for, click the little checkmark under the vote counter to mark it as accepted. Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 20:21

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