5 Comic Characters That Need to Be CGI Comments - Mania.com


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timesobserver 10/2/2009 7:41:26 AM

I've never been a huge fan of CGI characters. When The Incredible Hulk came out, while the Hulk looked great (certainly a lot better than the other Hulk from the first movie), at the end of the day, you still know that it's CGI and he's not really there with the rest of the actors.

I think CGI characters really take away from the movie experience. You can tell that they're CGI and I think some of the audience has a harder time relating to that character, as oppose to someone in a great costume and makeup.

Should we ban all CGI characters? Of course not, but there should be a limit. After all, Hellboy looked great and I would never want to see him as a CGI character. It's a shame they couldn't have done the same with the Hulk in the newer film.

savagelee 10/2/2009 12:21:04 PM

 timesobserver - you weren't wowed by Lord of the Rings or District 9? I feel like I've seen some really captivating CG cinema experiences over the past few years. Sure it's not all 100%, but what is? I find that lame rubber suits rip me out of a movie experience just as bad CG.

keithdaniel 10/3/2009 11:25:41 AM

I agree with the majority opinion that CGI is best used with practical effects that are already there. I strongly disagree with ChadDerdowski when he states that CGI is the only effect to use when trying to create certain characters for the big screen. Not only has CGI technology gotten better but so has practical effects! In fact,the latter technology has been around for much longer and therefore is much further along in terms of knowing how best to use it. Practical effects can easily achieve the desired looks for the Lizard and Swamp Thing as well as other characters mentioned. The Thing doesn't need to be CGI. Yes,I know the costume looked terrible but so did every other effect in the F.F. films! The effects team for those films did a horrible job and it showed! If they would've gotten some real effects artists like Rick Baker(Star Wars,An American Werewolf in London),Rob Bottin(The Thing,Robocop,Total Recall)or Stan Winston before he died(Aliens,the Terminator films)then the Thing from F.F. would've looked a hell of a lot better! Hello,Chad,it's not fair to say that(for example)the Thing should only be done with CGI because of how poorly done it was in the F.F. films. Like I've stated above,if they would've had better people to do the practical effects then I doubt you would've had that reaction! Another thing,I think you've missed the point of characters in film. Effects are but a tool,they do not create characters,only show them. There is a reason why Yoda worked so well in The Empire Strikes Back. Yoda worked because the character was so well written by the screenwriters and performed by Frank Oz(even George Lucas has admitted that). Without those things the illusion wouldn't have been sold! Keep an open mind because when you close yourself off to a possible solution,you paint yourself into a corner creatively. If you're trying to build something but only tell yourself that only certain tools can be used,then you limit yourself into that narrowminded thinking and prevent yourself from using tools that can make your creation better! As Mr.Spock said,"There are possibilities." 

dadavoodoo 10/4/2009 12:16:58 PM

 With Swamp Thing what I want is to see Alan Moore Done right! Most of Mr. Moore's work is do badly, (L.X.G and From Hell) or so so, (Watchmen) to good, (V for Vendetta). I would love to see his work on Swamp thing done well and right! More over D.C shold give him what he has been asking for!

thebigiff 10/6/2009 10:07:28 PM

I amost bought Man-Thing...

thebigiff 10/6/2009 10:09:26 PM

Marvel or DC... As long asit's true to tale... as they seldom are...

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