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1st May '18 10:55:28 AM JustTroper
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This trope can also be used ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction purposely]]'', to make something creepy when creepiness is called for. Some examples of particular ways to produce this effect are listed under CreepilyLongArms, CreepyLongFingers, MalevolentMaskedMen, BodyHorror and UncannyValleyMakeup. Tropes such as EveryoneHatesMimes and MonsterClown may exist ''because'' of this trope, as such characters' full-face makeup and oddball behavior can rate as invoked examples of UncannyValley.

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This trope can also be used ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction purposely]]'', to make something creepy when creepiness is called for. Some examples of particular ways to produce this effect are listed under CreepilyLongArms, CreepyLongFingers, MalevolentMaskedMen, UndeadBarefooter, UndeathlyPallor, BodyHorror and UncannyValleyMakeup. Tropes such as EveryoneHatesMimes and MonsterClown may exist ''because'' of this trope, as such characters' full-face makeup and oddball behavior can rate as invoked examples of UncannyValley.
25th Apr '18 4:57:59 PM dRoy
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[[caption-width-right:320:''That's'' why zombies are scary.]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:''That's'' why zombies are scary.]]
20th Jan '18 10:36:30 PM ChaoticNovelist
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In recent decades this trope has applied to film [[ComputerGeneratedImages CGI]] and video-game graphics, as technology has developed over time to allow for more photorealistic graphics, but not necessarily realistic ''movements''. It's become very easy for computers to simulate textures and skin tones, but convincing movement and facial expressions aren't so simple, often requiring MotionCapture to look realistic. More stylized 3D models or a 2D art can generally get away with odd animations or expressions, but the more realistic the graphics shoot for, the more noticeable it is when something isn't lining up with reality. This is normally a cost issue, as detailed animation can be extremely time-consuming to craft and even more so when one set of animations is used for multiple characters and still needs look natural for all of them. Not putting in enough effort can produce the effect where a character can come across as a something less than human, like a zombie. As computer graphics become ever more detailed and realistic, while also becoming more affordable, the Uncanny Valley becomes ever narrower, but it ''does not go away.''

Many cartoons nowadays prefer a simultaneously stylized yet simplified character design, versus the realistic look amongst some older cartoons. In the latter, it's more obvious the budget just didn't allow characters to move much. Heavily {{rotoscop|ing}}ed characters also often seem less real than more stylized animated characters, especially when they're in the same production. See the [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] version of ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'' for an example.

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In recent decades this This trope has applied to film [[ComputerGeneratedImages CGI]] and video-game graphics, as technology has developed over time to allow for more photorealistic graphics, but not necessarily realistic ''movements''. It's become very easy for computers to simulate textures and skin tones, but convincing movement and facial expressions aren't so simple, often requiring MotionCapture to look realistic. More stylized 3D models or a 2D art can generally get away with odd animations or expressions, but the more realistic the graphics shoot for, the more noticeable it is when something isn't lining up with reality. This is normally a cost issue, as detailed animation can be extremely time-consuming to craft and even more so when one set of animations is used for multiple characters and still needs to look natural for all of them. Not putting in enough effort can produce the effect where a character can come across as a something less than human, like a zombie. As computer graphics become ever more detailed and realistic, while also becoming more affordable, the Uncanny Valley becomes ever narrower, but it ''does not go away.''

Many cartoons nowadays prefer a simultaneously stylized yet simplified character design, versus the realistic look amongst among some older cartoons. In the latter, it's more obvious the budget just didn't allow characters to move much. Heavily {{rotoscop|ing}}ed characters also often seem less real than more stylized animated characters, especially when they're in the same production. See the [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] version of ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'' for an example.
8th Sep '17 9:23:33 AM Sharlee
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This trope can also be used ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction purposely]]'', to make something creepy when creepiness is called for. Some examples of particular ways to produce this effect are listed under CreepilyLongArms, CreepyLongFingers, MalevolentMaskedMen, BodyHorror and UncannyValleyMakeup.

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This trope can also be used ''[[IntendedAudienceReaction purposely]]'', to make something creepy when creepiness is called for. Some examples of particular ways to produce this effect are listed under CreepilyLongArms, CreepyLongFingers, MalevolentMaskedMen, BodyHorror and UncannyValleyMakeup.
UncannyValleyMakeup. Tropes such as EveryoneHatesMimes and MonsterClown may exist ''because'' of this trope, as such characters' full-face makeup and oddball behavior can rate as invoked examples of UncannyValley.
16th Jan '17 4:58:04 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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Not to be confused with the game, ''VideoGame.UncannyValley''.

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Not to be confused with the game, ''VideoGame.UncannyValley''.''VideoGame/UncannyValley''.
14th Jan '17 5:57:16 PM MarkLungo
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Many cartoons nowadays prefer a simultaneously stylized yet simplified character design, versus the realistic look amongst some older cartoons. In the latter, it's more obvious the budget just didn't allow characters to move much. Heavily {{rotoscop|ing}}ed characters also often seem less real than more stylized animated characters, especially when they're in the same production. See the [[Creastor/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] version of ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'' for an example.

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Many cartoons nowadays prefer a simultaneously stylized yet simplified character design, versus the realistic look amongst some older cartoons. In the latter, it's more obvious the budget just didn't allow characters to move much. Heavily {{rotoscop|ing}}ed characters also often seem less real than more stylized animated characters, especially when they're in the same production. See the [[Creastor/MaxAndDaveFleischer [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios]] version of ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'' for an example.
14th Jan '17 5:56:27 PM MarkLungo
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Many cartoons nowadays prefer a simultaneously stylized yet simplified character design, versus the realistic look amongst some older cartoons. In the latter, it's more obvious the budget just didn't allow characters to move much. Heavily {{rotoscop|ing}}ed characters also often seem less real than more stylized animated characters, especially when they're in the same production. See the Fleischer Studios version of ''Gulliver's Travels'' for an example.

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Many cartoons nowadays prefer a simultaneously stylized yet simplified character design, versus the realistic look amongst some older cartoons. In the latter, it's more obvious the budget just didn't allow characters to move much. Heavily {{rotoscop|ing}}ed characters also often seem less real than more stylized animated characters, especially when they're in the same production. See the [[Creastor/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Studios Studios]] version of ''Gulliver's Travels'' ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'' for an example.



Not to be confused with the game, VideoGame/UncannyValley.

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Not to be confused with the game, VideoGame/UncannyValley.''VideoGame.UncannyValley''.
26th Dec '16 12:07:55 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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See also RealityIsUnrealistic, where the poor impression comes less from being "creepy" as from breaking [[TheCoconutEffect existing conventions which audiences had come to expect]]. In addition, there's OffModel, [[BishonenLine Bishonen Line]], NoFlowInCGI, and UglyCute. And while you're at it, see WhatMeasureIsANonCute, as the scientific study of that trope gave birth to this one. An opposite is EldritchAbomination, where the unsettling effect is caused by being way too unfamiliar rather than being way too human, yet still produces the same abominable effect (although the two can overlap as a HumanoidAbomination). FurriesAreEasierToDraw is a way artists get around the Uncanny Valley phenomenon; it's easy for drawn humans to to dip into the valley, but a cartoony talking animal doesn't evoke the same response.

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See also RealityIsUnrealistic, where the poor impression comes less from being "creepy" as from breaking [[TheCoconutEffect existing conventions which audiences had come to expect]]. In addition, there's OffModel, [[BishonenLine Bishonen Line]], NoFlowInCGI, and UglyCute. And while you're at it, see WhatMeasureIsANonCute, as the scientific study of that trope gave birth to this one. An opposite is EldritchAbomination, where the unsettling effect is caused by being way too unfamiliar rather than being way too human, yet still produces the same abominable effect (although the two can overlap as a HumanoidAbomination). FurriesAreEasierToDraw is a way artists get around the Uncanny Valley phenomenon; it's easy for drawn humans to to dip into the valley, but a cartoony talking animal doesn't evoke the same response.
12th Sep '16 11:36:38 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[caption-width-right:320:That's why zombies are scary.]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:That's [[caption-width-right:320:''That's'' why zombies are scary.]]
7th Jul '16 8:21:44 PM Tightwire
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In recent decades this trope has applied to film [[ComputerGeneratedImages CGI]] and video-game graphics, as technology has developed over time to allow for more photorealistic graphics, but not necessarily realistic ''movements''. It's become very easy for computers to simulate textures and skin tones, but convincing movement and facial expressions aren't so simple, often requiring MotionCapture to look realistic. More stylized 3D models or a 2D art can generally get away with odd animations or expressions, but the more realistic the graphics shoot for, the more noticeable it is when something isn't lining up with reality. This is normally a cost issue, as detailed animation can be extremely time-consuming to craft and even more so when one set of animations is used for multiple characters and still needs look natural for all of them. Not putting in enough effort can produce the effect where a character can come across as a something less than human, like a zombie.

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In recent decades this trope has applied to film [[ComputerGeneratedImages CGI]] and video-game graphics, as technology has developed over time to allow for more photorealistic graphics, but not necessarily realistic ''movements''. It's become very easy for computers to simulate textures and skin tones, but convincing movement and facial expressions aren't so simple, often requiring MotionCapture to look realistic. More stylized 3D models or a 2D art can generally get away with odd animations or expressions, but the more realistic the graphics shoot for, the more noticeable it is when something isn't lining up with reality. This is normally a cost issue, as detailed animation can be extremely time-consuming to craft and even more so when one set of animations is used for multiple characters and still needs look natural for all of them. Not putting in enough effort can produce the effect where a character can come across as a something less than human, like a zombie.
zombie. As computer graphics become ever more detailed and realistic, while also becoming more affordable, the Uncanny Valley becomes ever narrower, but it ''does not go away.''
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