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The Polar Express. Beowulf. The Adventures of Tintin. Hyper-realistic CGI Movies. Do you enjoy the effect, or find it creepy?

Remember Robert Zemeckis?  Remember Back to the Future, Romancing The Stone, Contact, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, or Forrest Gump, or about a dozen other movies that are probably playing on basic cable at this very moment?  Yeah, that's one heck of a career.

One thing of note, however, is that all of those movies featured actors who played themselves using their own flesh on camera.  How crazy is that?  What were we, cavemen banging rocks together?

Now, Robert Zemeckis has found out the true way of cinema in the future.  You have actors act out all of the parts, but then you recreate them in CGI and drop them in a colorful fantasia bound to no known reality.  We're talking The Polar Express, with a plastic-fantastic Tom Hanks-doppelganger staring at you with his dead eyes.   We're talking Beowulf, with Angelina Jolie as Grendel's Mom, kinda, sorta, maybe.  We're talking A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge, kinda, sorta, maybe.

Now his ol' buddy Steven Spielberg has gotten into the act with The Adventures of Tintin.  Which is a cartoon, but also, kinda live-action, except it's all CGI, and I dunno.

Tell me folks, do you actually enjoy movies like these?  Or does the term "uncanny valley" blare in your ear like the "THX" noise before the start of the movie?

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I should be conditioned through a lifetime of video games not to mind this, but I just can never get past it in The Polar Express.  I keep feeling the sinking sensation that Santa's CGI facade will drop, revealing a secret real-life stop motion Terminator shooting the hell out of the North Pole, Franco Columbo style.

I didn't bother to watch The Polar Express or Beowulf, but I am looking forward to watching the Tintin movie. I think others have said it best.  Realistic CGI is going to be creepy until they can process enough data to accurately simulate real life.  It's best to go the way of The Incredibles and do more caricature exaggeration with CGI (or else use the creepy stuff to advantage, as in a horror or sf movie).  But it is getting better, so who knows how soon they can do it?


I'm split on this question. Polar Express was fine in my opinion, but the Disney Christmas Carol with Jim Carey as Scrooge was very creepy...I still think it is neat effect.

The Official Significant Other of The Reckoner and I saw Tintin last weekend.  We got used to it, but it gave her the creeps at the start.  The accentuated cartoonishness of the characters helps -- I think the characters in The Polar Express needed a little bit more of that.

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