Kihachiro Kawamoto's 1979 short, Kataku, amalgamated a variety of different animation styles including puppetry, stop motion, and hand drawn. The contrast of aesthetics creates a complex dynamic that gives the viewer a sense of atmosphere and depth.
Today, combining animation techniques is common with popular japanese animation. There are a great deal of animated works that rely on the layering of more modern technologies like 3d animation and other digital effects. Bandai Visual Company, producers of Ghost in the Shell, are one of many japanese animation teams to have produced work that follows in the wake of Kihachiro Kawamoto's influence.