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I saw this film in the 90's, it was a hybrid live action and cartoon (manga style) set after a nuclear (atomic?) war.

The part that sticks in my head from the live action part was the hero (coming out after the bombs, in his radiation suit) finding a piano on a beach/rubble ground and playing a short tune on it. This melody recurred through the film.

In the cartoon part, there were Victorian style buildings and people, with flying whales going overhead.

I think a girl would turn up in the live action part & that triggered the switch to the cartoon parts, and she was then a character in that part of the story.

For some reason, I think this film was Australian in origin.

  • I have no idea, but I want to watch it. – Mr Lister May 22 '15 at 17:10
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You're thinking of In the Aftermath, a 1988 Australian film. The film combines footage of the 1985 Anime film Angel's Egg with new live-action footage.

There isn't a lot of information about In the Aftermath on the Internet. Angel's Egg is a little better represented; it has a Wikipedia page and a Tvtropes page. The live-action story in Aftermath follows some soldiers working their way through a ruined industrial area following an apocalypse. They spot a little girl carrying a large egg, who is the same girl from the animated portions.

The two films have very different stories, even just considering the animated parts. The Angel's Egg dialog is in Japanese. In the Aftermath looks like it reused the visuals, but edited them into a new story with new english-language dialog.

In the Aftermath is available in full on Youtube. Angel's Egg is also available in its original form.

the hero (coming out after the bombs, in his radiation suit) finding a piano on a beach/rubble ground and playing a short tune on it.

There is a section where one of the soldiers plays a tune on a piano. It's not outside, though. It takes place around 43 minutes in.

In the cartoon part, there were Victorian style buildings and people, with flying whales going overhead.

That describes the animated portions. The giant flying fish part starts about 36 minutes into Aftermath.

  • That's exactly the one I was thinking of, thank you. Had tried all sorts of ccombinations on Google to try and track it down. – Brian May 22 '15 at 19:38

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