I admit it. I'm something of a CGI snob.
Sometimes I think it's overrated.
Up until Jurassic Park, all the CGI I saw looked like something a Playstation threw up. Yes, I'm looking at you, Goro from Mortal Kombat.
Then I saw the dinosaurs and was impressed, though I wouldn't admit it. It could be done right and it could be good. I suspended my disbelief and thought I was looking at an actual living creature giving an actual performance.
But it didn't affect me the way Stop Motion does. It didn't hit the sweet spot and trigger a geek out.
Stop Motion was originally considered for Jurassic Park. They used it for the test footage, then decided to go with computer graphics. I would've been perfectly fine with it. I would've eaten it up. I've told people that, and have been promptly shot down.
"No, too old fashioned! Too corny! It wouldn't be the same!" they've said.
I agree it wouldn't be the same. Probably wouldn't have become the phenomenon it has.
But it still would've been awesome.
An articulated model is different from a computer graphic. It's a physical object that is built, sculpted, moved, adjusted. It has a tangible quality that's not present in CGI. And they're both better than iguanas with horns and fins attached to them, and men in suits (unless they're from Japan).
I know some people prefer their dinosaurs more realistic and that's fine. But those fantastical creatures inhabited another world,
And in my mind, Stop Motion is how they moved. It's what set them apart from from all other life on this earth. It's what made them unique.
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