Forget The Real Thing

Painting a tree with CGI (computer-generated images) is easy. But a full character in a live-action film? Very hard. A history:

Tron (1982) The Disney cult classic was the first movie with CG effects. Since then, technology has improved a wee bit.

The Abyss (1989) James Cameron was an early CGI pioneer, and his watery snakelike creature in this ocean saga was Hollywood's first all-CG character.

Terminator 2 (1991) The liquid-metal T1000 in Cameron's next film was the first human-based CG creation. Still looks sharp after 12 years.

Jurassic Park (1993) Steven Spielberg's dino-hit introduced photoreal skin tone and texture. Of course, no one has photos of dinosaurs, so who knows how close he really came?

Casper (1995) Director Brad Silberling's kid pic starred the first talking CG character, created by ILM. Sounds big, but is a white ghost really so tough?

Dragonheart (1996) Flying dragon in broad daylight. Now that's tough.

Harry Potter 2 (2002) Dobby the house elf was cool. But a month later he got torched by...

The Two Towers (2002)... Gollum. Wow. A genuine performance by a CG creation--and still the reigning champ.

The Matrix Reloaded (2003) Photoreal humans. Can 'Hulk' top 100 Agent Smiths?

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