If there is one modern movie trope that I can’t stand with every last fiber of my being, it’s CGI and green screens. Now listen, I love nearly everything Pixar does, I remember crying in the movie theaters during Toy Story 3. CGI isn’t all bad, if a movie is all CGI like Pixar’s work is, then I have no problem with it — I don’t hate it completely. My gripe comes when you combine both CGI/green screens with reality. It always completely takes me out of the experience and I find myself enjoying the film far less. I understand that I should have a suspension of disbelief, hell, I watch pro wrestling, but when it comes to CGI, I just can’t take it. For example, take 2010’s Wolfman transformation scene nearly THIRTY years after An American Werewolf in London and yet, it can’t even hold a candle to that transformation scene.
Something I wish that would come back is stop motion, Ray Harryhausen is a legend, I could gush for hours about him and how good he is at what he does, but I’ll let the Angry Video Game Nerd do the talking.
Sadly, there isn’t much in the way of stop motion, sure once in a while you get something amazing like Coraline, but they are too few and far between.
Today, I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across something called “Junk Head” a Japanese gentleman known as YAMIKEN took four years to create this project, which spans 30 minutes. This thing is gorgeous. This is everything I want in stop motion, for my money, I’d rather have this over Pacific Rim anyday of the week.