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  1. There’s A Trailer For The New Thunderbirds Show Which Does Actually Appear To Exist


    My dad loves the classic Thunderbirds, but I always found those dead-eyed puppets more than a little terrifying. I think in this instance, though, if the remake had gone full puppet and really embraced its mid-century kitsch that this could have been really great - I'm bummed they went this bad CGI route. Though Miss Penelope admittedly looks way better here.

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  2. Comic-Con Interviews: The Book of Life Will Bring Mexican Folklore to the Big Screen in a Unique Way

    “As a lover of animated films, I kept going, ‘When is the Mexican story going to happen? When is the Mexican princess going to show up?’” queried director Jorge R. Gutierrez before a packed crowd at the San Diego Comic-Con press conference for his new animated feature, The Book of Life. He’s not the only one who’s been wondering when the rich folkloric traditions of Mexico, especially given their relevancy to America’s growing Hispanic population, might be mined by a Hollywood.

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  3. Watch This Wild Side-By-Side Comparison Of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Motion Capture [VIDEO]

    It's Technical

    When you're watching a film utilizing motion capture (or performance capture) you usually forget what it looked like when the actor was actually in the shot. Here's a comparison video from the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which shows the amazing emotions captured for the finished product. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  4. 11 Years Later, Viggo Mortensen Talks About The “Sloppy” Production On Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    Not all that glitters is gold

    Why? We're not quite sure. 

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  5. Jurassic Park Without CGI Is Still Surprisingly Great [Video]

    This makes Goldblum's acting seem next-level.

    What would Jurassic Park look like if it was made pre-CGI and for a budget of less than thirty dollars? Pretty awesome/hilarious, if this video from Michael T. Mann is any indication. His creative remake is a reminder of what can be accomplished with cardboard, crayons, and a little Schwarzenegger. Seriously, that first dino reveal killed me.

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  6. How To Render Your Dragon – A Game Of Thrones Instructional Video

    Here Be Dragons

    Pixomondo is the VFX house which created Daenerys' dragons for Season 3 of Game of Thrones and Wired did a special feature on their process. Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion are growing up so fast! *sniff* (via Wired) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  7. Bradley Cooper Is The Voice Of Marvel’s Rocket Raccoon

    Officially Official

    Since there's not a lot of new info to be had on this story, I figured I'd create a fantastic image for you to look at. LOOK AT IT! BRADLEY COOPER IS A RACCOON! 

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  8. The Perils of Being in 3D: This Version of The Lion King’s Hilarious

    For people of a certain age, there's no denying that the seminal scenes from Disney's The Lion King had an impact on their childhood. Granted, not everyone was a child during the '90s, but those that were know the sting of Mufasa's final scene all too well. It's sad, and depressing, but rarely if ever has the phrase "spooky in a surreal way" been added to that mix. Someone somewhere considered this an oversight and made a video to solve this problem.

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  9. Motion Capture Actors Will Replace Inanimate Objects In The Future Of CGI [VIDEO]

    we loled

    A lot of people still find what Lord of the Rings/Planet of the Apes actor Andy Serkis does completely ridiculous. It's part of the reason there's so much fuss over the studio campaigning to get him an Oscar nomination. Well now the folks at FunnyOrDie have created a little video poking fun at the whole thing. Directors Michael Bay and Jon Favreau plus actor Ray Liotta star in the spoof, discussing the work of "motion capture experts," Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel. (via

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  10. The Latest In Movie Special Effects: CG-Eyebrows [Video]

    eye candy

    Brooke Shields and Peter Gallagher will be thrilled about this, and James Cameron is going to get a million ideas! Will computer-generated eyebrows be the wave of the future, finally give every pitiful actor the chance to express themselves even better through the curtains over the windows of their souls? I dunno guys, I think this is gonna be huge. But I'm going to have to insist on 3D if it does happen. (Warning: contains some NSFW language.) (via BuzzFeed)

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  11. This Might Very Well Be is the First 3D Rendered Film Ever

    Our Adorable Past

    40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics (Pixar, 1972) from Robby Ingebretsen on Vimeo. This short film demonstrating the cababilities of 3D rendering was made by Edwin Catmull, the current president of both Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation, in 1972. That's almost forty years ago, and yet it is still an incredibly impressive feat. (via The Next Web.)

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  12. Japan’s Latest Pop Idol Was a Computer Generated Image

    Back in 2002, a movie called S1m0ne, about a movie director (played by Al Pacino) who creates his own actress from a computer simulation. People thought this was crazy! No way could this ever happen in real life -- a 100 percent, computer-generated image of a human intended to replace actual human talent! But now, in 2011, this exact thing has happened. Over in Japan, the very popular 61-member girl group AKB48 introduced its newest member -- Aimi Eguchi! She made her debut in a 15-second candy commercial (video above). And then, this week, she was revealed to be a completely computer generated image, a composite of the most "perfect" features of a few of her bandmates. Something that, we're sure, didn't make them the least bit self-conscious. And we're also sure that it's not creepy at all that a lot of people probably came to develop their own little celebrity crush on a perfect female prototype that doesn't even really exist. But we're truly sure that there is something to be said about rejecting actual human females in favor of one who can't complain about being totally objectified.

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  13. Dancing Column of Ball Pit Balls is Some Pretty CGI [Video]

    The above video featuring a project in which a team modifies plastic ball pit balls to be affected by an electromagnet, then makes the modified balls dance in a pretty formation of multicolored plastic, was created by a CGI company Physalia. Yes, that means the dancing balls weren't actually being manipulated in real life, and yes, an electromagnet that big would certainly affect objects in the room that were close enough to it, but that doesn't make the video any less pretty.

    The video was created for the RE:PLAY Film Festival, wherein teams were tasked with creating a piece with the theme of "happy," and thus, a dancing column of ball pit balls was born.

    (via reddit)

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  14. Taiwanese CGI Rings in the New Year with Father Time 2010 and Baby New Year 2011 Kicking Each Other in the Face

    Ridiculous Taiwanese "news network," NMA TV, rings in 2011 by showcasing a fight between Father Time 2010 and Baby New Year 2011. The video features an old man sneakily kicking a baby in a top hat in the face, and a retaliation of floating bicycle kicks. Though Father Time 2010 loses out, Taiwanese CGI declares the year ends on a cliffhanger, as many of 2010's biggest issues begin to gang up on Baby New Year 2011.

    Did I mention the baby in a top hat is wearing a diaper and has a gun? Because the baby in a top hat is wearing a diaper and has a gun.

    (via Mediaite)

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  15. No More 2D-Cartoons-As-3D Movies. Stop It.

    Back in 1988, an amazing movie featuring human interaction with animated characters was released. It was called "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and it signaled a shift in my childhood perspective on animated characters. As a child who had gone through a phase of adamant refusal to watch anything that wasn't animated, "Roger Rabbit" was my first real exposure to an acknowledgement of animated characters in a live-action world. And it was fascinating. The 'Toons were like another race of linguistically developed, perhaps further evolved humanoid creatures that these people lived alongside with little consequence. (Unless a 'Toon killed your brother.) But they were still cartoons. They weren't flesh and blood people, they were Ink 'n' Paint. So, my beef with the influx of 3D animation/live action movies is this: Are we supposed to think these characters are real now? Seriously? When we see characters like Garfield, Marmaduke, the Chipmunks, Yogi Bear, etc. interacting with humans, animated to look like they were born of this world, organic, living creatures that look freakishly unlike other animals of their species (is Yogi an av-er-age bear in this world, or is an average bear an average bear? or is Yogi the only one like that? WHY? What happened?), how is it that the humans with whom they interact don't question it?

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  16. Taiwanese CGI Takes on TSA Outrage

    Haven't been closely following the outrage over the TSA's latest battery of unpopular rules, the critics of which say that they force air passengers to choose between humiliating examinations-by-groping and "porn-scans" in possibly carcinogenic X-ray emitting machines, possibly violating 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, all for the sake of empty security theater which does little to actually increase safety? You're in luck! The insane but pop culture-savvy Taiwanese animators at NMA have distilled it all down to one handy short animation, complete with dynamite-laced "Osama's Secret" lingerie and a "patdown in a private room" that begins with creepy porny saxophone music. (via Laughing Squid)

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  17. 8 Moving Internet Tributes to Steven Slater

    Since yesterday evening, the visual of flight attendant and now working-class hero Steven Slater dual-wielding beers on his glorious slide out of a JetBlue plane has joined the hallowed roster of martyrs who were mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore.

    It certainly struck a chord with the Internet. Within hours, the web had rallied around Slater’s incredible story, impressed by his just-don’t-give-a-f–k antics, after slogging year after year (for a total of 20) through the rudeness and abuse of customers. Working stiffs around the world are now wishing they had the insane courage to do the same. In Slater’s honor, we’ve gathered some of the shows of appreciation that have welled forth from the Internet below:

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  18. You Won’t Like Bangladesh’s Hulk Knockoff When He’s Angry; Ever [Video]

    Not since Who Killed Captain Alex? have we seen such lunacy in a foreign film or elsewhere. Bangladesh's HALKa PAGLA is a film about ... well, we have no idea actually. Like Who Killed Captain Alex?, it prominently features terrible CGI fire and a terrible CGI helicopter; it ups the ante, however, with a terrible CGI tank, which I decree all film studies classes that cover HALKa PAGLA shall call "the bendy tank," sunglasses which glow with CGI electricity, and, of course, an Incredible Hulk who can only be described with the picture above. In short, the trailer will melt your mind, but the film would probably bore you.

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  19. “Kitty”: One of the First-Ever Computer Animations

    "Kitty" is one of the first computer animations ever made: It was produced in Russia in 1968 under the direction of one N.Konstantinov, who led a team of physicists and mathematicians to produce something that looks a bit like an ASCII art flipbook today, but must have been remarkable at the time given the state of computing technology.

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