As my project is looking more likely to take a Documentary style I have been looking for examples of films that have used animated imagery to better convey what the narrator is saying to the audience. I feel like I have found pretty good mix of films that feature figurative and literal imagery to their stories.
Stickboy // Animation Montage from Giant Ant on Vimeo.
This is a short animated around an interview with the animator Ryan Larkin by Chris Landreth, the style of this interview is a bizarre mix of what almost looks like rotor-scoped animation with going for a sub realistic look, but at the same time its completely surreal, much like Larkin's animations.
I believe that this animation is a fictionalized story, but the way it is told and visualized is that of a documentation horror story. It features live action segments mixed in the animation, really giving it a more creepy vibe.
This is an animated segment from the documentary about Kurt Cobain "Montage of Heck", the reason they animated this segment is because its actually a recorded interview with Cobain about his youth, so this very real styled 2D animation style is almost like watching an actual video recording of Kurt in his teen years.
StoryCorps are a channel on youtube that find then interview people with interesting or emotional stories and will then animate it appropriately, usually serving as a tribute to whoever the story was about or giving the viewer some moral advice.
Waltz with Bashir Trailer from filmDIY on Vimeo.
Waltz with Bashir is a critically acclaimed animated film about a man who has lost him memory of an event in his past, so travel's to meet the people he knew back then to get their recollection of the events. This film has a realistic but stylized aesthetic to look more like a graphic novel, leading up to the final scene where he recalls his memories and it switches to real footage of the event.
I'M FINE THANKS from eamonn o neill on Vimeo.
Finally I included this film even though its not narrated like a documentary, because I feel like it really captured the inner conflict of the main character and how the bad events of his past tied in. It also is creative with its use of time skipping and playing with the audiences expectations.