Computer-generated imagery is a term used to describe artificially created visual effects. It is often used to create immersive movie backgrounds through the use of green screens, but that is not its only purpose. Filmmaking technology has evolved and now allows animators to use CGI to convincingly create realistic movie characters from scratch.
It’s not unusual these days to leave a cinema screening believing that all the characters in the film were real, only to find out later that half of them were computer generated. This is an impressive feat to accomplish, but it is not easily done. Countless movies have failed to breathe life into CGI characters, but some stand out more than others.
5/5 Great Goblin – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Documenting Bilbo Baggins’ journey from Middle-earth to the Lonely Mountain. The film begins with the young hobbit living a relatively quiet life before being persuaded by Gandalf to go on an adventure. He joins the Company of Thirteen Dwarves, claiming to be an experienced thief, but his lack of experience becomes apparent the moment he leaves the Shire.
While crossing the Misty Mountains, Bilbo becomes separated from the dwarves and finds himself lost in a cave. He finally finds an exit, but the dwarves’ situation is very painful. They are captured by the Great Goblin, a giant conglomerate of bodies who thinks he is a beautiful singer. Her singing voice may sound bad, but her design is much worse. The way his body moves is awkward, especially when compared to the other goblins in the scene. Although his appearance was brief, he is a character hard to forget.
4/5 The Darkseekers – I Am Legend (2007)
I am a legend Follows the story of a virologist named Robert Neville, played by Will Smith and his loyal Elation, Sam. After efforts to create a cure for cancer led to the creation of the virus, most of the population was wiped out of existence. Only 1% of human life survived the infection, but those that didn’t become cannibalistic monsters and now spend their days hiding from the sun.
These aptly named Darkseekers hunt at night, so Robert and Sam always aim to make it home before sunset. They don’t always make it this time, however, leading them to encounter these terrifying creatures several times throughout the film. These beasts look terrifying from a distance, but closer inspection reveals that their CGI is lacking, especially when they open their mouths a little wider.
3/5 Jabba the Hutt – Star Wars Special Edition (1997)
The original theatrical release Star Wars 1977 did not reveal exactly who Jabba the Hutt was. Fans knew from the first film that he was a notorious gangster paid off by Han Solo, but that was pretty much the extent of their knowledge. before his appearance Return of the Jedi, director George Lucas had plans for Mystery Man: A Man. Most fans were satisfied with Jabba’s more exotic portrayal during his debut, however, prompting George to add the infamous space slug. A new hope In the re-release of the movie.
Advances in technology gave George the opportunity to upgrade his already excellent films. One of his most infamous decisions during this time saw him unveil a deleted scene A new hope Where Han and Jabba meet before Han goes to Alderaan. Jabba was a puppet Return of the Jedi, so his computer-generated appearance feels wrong in this re-release. He moves and grows emotionally much more fluidly than he did in his debut appearance. This combined with the way he glides on set makes him look worse than ever.
2/5 Renesmee Cullen – Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012)
Swann, played by Kristen Stewart, knew the dangers of marrying a vampire, but she chose to do so anyway. She initially runs away with Edward Cullen Breaking Dawn – Part 1, and both begin a new chapter in their lives. Bella and Edward then went on their honeymoon to celebrate their wedding. Their first week as a married couple is everything they dreamed of, until Bella finds herself pregnant.
Not much was known about what vampiric fetuses could do to humans, so Bella was advised by many people to avoid getting pregnant. She decides to keep the baby knowing the risks, a decision that leads to the debut of one of the most unsettling CGI characters in cinema. Instead of using a real-life baby, director Bill Condon chose to superimpose Mackenzie Foy’s face onto the baby’s body. His rationale for doing so was to highlight that Renesmee was no ordinary child. As longtime fans of the franchise had already guessed, however, it didn’t need to be explained through unsatisfying CGI.
1/5 The Scorpion King – The Mummy Returns (2002)
Introducing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson mummy The franchise portrayed him as a force to be reckoned with. Opening of The Mummy Returns The wrestler-turned-actor saw him playing the role of Scorpio King, a warrior on a quest to conquer the world. With a loyal army at his side, the Scorpion King posed a deadly threat to all who stood in his path, but he was not invincible. He was defeated after seven years of endless fighting and exiled to the holy desert of Ahm Shere. There, he pledged himself to the Egyptian god of the dead, Anubis, and promised to serve him in exchange for immortality.
Anubis used the Scorpion King to conquer nations and enslaved him after serving his purpose. The climax of The Mummy Returns Imhotep sees the Scorpion King resurrected after five thousand years and challenges him to a fight. The once famous warrior underwent a drastic change during his servitude, however, and now appears more scorpion than human. As if he wasn’t scary enough, the CGI used to enhance the Scorpio King’s overall appearance looks unfinished. His designs have been heavily criticized since the film’s release, with John Burton Jr., the film’s animator, agreeing with most of the feedback.
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