Monday, April 4, 2011

The “uncanny valley” theory in animation

This is an interesting read regarding the current state of computer animation and F/X.

A theory called the "uncanny valley" says we tend to feel attracted to inanimate objects with human traits, the way a teddy bear or a rag doll seems cute. Our affection grows as an object looks more human. But if it looks too human, we suddenly become repulsed.

Anybody experience these kind of thoughts or have a similar take?


  1. Great article, thanks for sharing. I agree 100% with the theory. I was (and still am) very put off by "Polar Express" for the reasons mentioned in the dislike for "Polar Express" caused me to skip "Beowulf", "A Christmas Carol" and I remember cringing when I saw the trailer for "Mars Needs Moms" during the Superbowl. Wonder how this theory can be applied to horror genre where we strive for creepiness?

  2. I totally agree, Zemeckis needs to go and do real movies again, the mo-cap style has been played out and seems amateurish compared to hi-quality CGI from the likes of Pixar and Dreamworks.