Can animation technology get *too* good?

This article was my first introduction to the new adaptation of the Jungle Book, called Mowgli, on Netflix. The author says that the method for creating animal characters out of a star studded cast was pretty time-consuming and technical, writing that the effects “rely heavily on motion-capture performances, where human actors wear special gadgetry that allows their movements and facial expressions to translate to the computerized animals onscreen.” Screen grabs are added to the article, and the author jokingly writes about how unsettling it is when animals have human faces… and he isn’t wrong.

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