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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 Sep 8 at 6:22
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    Welcome to Science Fiction & Fantasy! This question is a bit terse. Going through the checklists here (How to ask a good story-ID question? and How to ask a good (anime) Story-ID question?) would dramatically improve your question; – Valorum Sep 8 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. – Mark Beadles Sep 8 at 13:30
  • This sounds vaguely familiar. Was the dress overly floofy, and the makeup badly caked on? – FuzzyBoots Sep 8 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 Sep 8 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 Sep 9 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. – SpaceWolf1701 Sep 9 at 20:21

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