Watch: Full-Length 'Short History' Video of CG Characters in Movies
So when I first read the title for this, I thought "short history", okay great, this should be good. Turns out it's a 20-minute Vimeo and much more of an extensive history of prominent CGI characters in movies, ranging from King Kong of 1933 (yep, they start with that) all the way up to Benjamin Button and Cameron's Avatar. It doesn't include Rise of the Planet of the Apes yet, but with all the great (Oscar) discussion recently about how this performance capture is pushing the boundaries yet again and all of Weta's amazing work in that movie, I thought it fitting to feature this anyway. It's a good watch, even at that length. Enjoy!
Thanks to Awards Daily for the tip. This entire thing is narrated, and by claiming fair use, includes clips of just about every great CGI character, which is why it's so long. "It's a little rough around the edges," creator 'lnrdshelby' says. Yea, trim it down! That said, though we've seen videos about CGI's origins and that Young Sherlock Holmes clip, it's still awesome/mesmerizing to watch the genius of modern movies unfold before our eyes. Also in honor of Weta on Rise of the Apes, io9 has a great list: 10 Computer-Animated or Motion-Captured Characters Who Actually Look Cool. There's plenty more great CGI characters on the horizon, too.