History UncannyValley / Film

11th Feb '16 11:39:24 PM Pichu-kun
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* This trope goes back as far as Disney's ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' film (and earlier if you count the SillySymphonies short "The Goddess of Spring"). ** In the original Creator/{{Disney}} ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' from 1937, Snow White is {{Rotoscop|ing}}ed, while other characters are not. The character is the only one in the movie who looks unnatural. Ironically, she is the only detail of this ground-breaking film that looks old-fashioned even though rotoscoping was considered cutting edge technology at the time. The Seven Dwarfs are recognizable instantly, but Snow White fades into the background when she isn't singing or dancing. *** Prince Charming, by the same technique, manages to be even more of a blank than Snow White, partly because he wouldn't have a personality if you gave him a rocket-powered step-ladder.
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* ''Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon'': ** This trope goes back as far as Disney's ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' film (and earlier if you count the SillySymphonies short "The Goddess of Spring"). ** In the original Creator/{{Disney}} ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' from 1937, Snow White is {{Rotoscop|ing}}ed, while other characters are not. The character is the only one in the movie who looks unnatural. Ironically, she is the only detail of this ground-breaking film that looks old-fashioned even though rotoscoping was considered cutting edge technology at the time. The Seven Dwarfs are recognizable instantly, but Snow White fades into the background when she isn't singing or dancing. *** dancing. [[SatelliteLoveInterest Prince Charming, Charming]], by the same technique, manages to be even more of a blank than Snow White, partly because he wouldn't have [[FlatCharacter a personality personality]] if you gave him a rocket-powered step-ladder.

** The Blue Fairy from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' is another early Disney example. There is something about her that makes her look almost like an actual person when compared with the more cartoony looking humans in the film. *** She's probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotoscoping rotoscoped]]. That may be intentional, given that she is a [[TheFairFolk fairy]], and supposed to look inhuman.
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** The Blue Fairy from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' is another early Disney example. There is something about her that makes her look almost like an actual person when compared with the more cartoony looking humans in the film. *** film. She's probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotoscoping rotoscoped]]. That may be intentional, given that she is a [[TheFairFolk fairy]], and supposed to look inhuman.

** The Blue Fairy Many of the human characters except for Penny in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' have a pinched, waxen look to their faces ranging from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' is another early Disney example. There is something about her that makes her look almost like an actual person slightly weird to just plain creepy. ** Rapunzel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' and especially Anna and Elsa from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' have invoked this reaction. Their large eyes either make them [[{{moe}} incredibly adorable]] or awfully horrifying. The latter two are infamous for invoking this reaction when compared with images of their finalized designs were leaked. Fans were rabid and thought they looked absolutely ''terrible'' (though admittedly Elsa was using an earlier, less polished model in her stock artwork). When they were shown animated most warmed up to the more cartoony looking humans in the film. *** She's probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotoscoping rotoscoped]]. That may be intentional, given that she is a [[TheFairFolk fairy]], and supposed to look inhuman.sisters, though many still consider them creepy.

* Many of the human characters except for Penny in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' have a pinched, waxen look to their faces ranging from slightly weird to just plain creepy.

* Creator/{{Pixar}} has this for the human characters in its early films, but they worked around it by avoiding direct shots of them. The humans in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' look rather odd, and a major reason for some strange settings was to feature characters who would look less odd as CG characters. The human cast of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' are probably the most realistic, but they avoided the Valley by having cartoonish proportions. In ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' they try to avoid it, but there are some people who found the live-action scenes deeply disturbing ([[TruthInTelevision or too close to the truth]]). The CG background and cheap props only make it worse, particularly in comparison to the detailed post-apocalyptic wasteland. They managed to avert it by the time ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' came out. ** The early short ''Tin Toy''. By the time ''Toy Story'' rolled around, they at least seemed like they were starting to get that humans didn't need to be fully realistic. They ''hadn't'' figured that out yet in 1988, and not only was the [[http://doomlaser.com/images/tintoy.png baby]] in the short creepily almost-realistic, but it got even worse compared to the cartoonish toys which were the only other characters.
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* Creator/{{Pixar}} Creator/{{Pixar}}: ** Pixar has this for the human characters in its early films, but they worked around it by avoiding direct shots of them. The humans in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' look rather odd, and a major reason for some strange settings was to feature characters who would look less odd as CG characters. The human cast of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' are probably the most realistic, but they avoided the Valley by having cartoonish proportions. In ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' they try to avoid it, but there are some people who found the live-action scenes deeply disturbing ([[TruthInTelevision or too close to the truth]]). The CG background and cheap props only make it worse, particularly in comparison to the detailed post-apocalyptic wasteland. They managed to avert it by the time ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' came out. ** The early short ''Tin Toy''.Toy'' is infamous for this. Everyone remembers the horrifying looking baby. By the time ''Toy Story'' rolled around, they at least seemed like they were starting to get that humans didn't need to be fully realistic. They ''hadn't'' figured that out yet in 1988, and not only was the [[http://doomlaser.com/images/tintoy.png baby]] in the short creepily almost-realistic, but it got even worse compared to the cartoonish toys which were the only other characters.characters. ** Merida from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' has come under fire for having a bizarrely shaped head and rather beady eyes. The other characters are less stylized.
11th Feb '16 1:02:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ThePolarExpress'', although more successful, is notorious for this trope. Many reviewers commented on the zombie-like appearance of the adult cast. Especially the ones voiced by Creator/TomHanks. The Cartoon Brew blog nailed it: "This holiday season, give your family nightmares!" * ''MarsNeedsMoms'' is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aS5W___Ezk all over this]]. After all, Robert Zemeckis is involved with this one. Quite a few websites have noted that the humans look a lot more creepy than the aliens. * Deliberately applied to the characters in ''MonsterHouse''. While the film used motion capture, making their body and facial movements very realistic, this was edged out with very slightly 'off' proportions - Dee Jay was deliberately given a lanky physique and the faces were slightly exaggerated. Of course, it was technically a horror film for children, so the creepiness suited it.
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* ''ThePolarExpress'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'', although more successful, is notorious for this trope. Many reviewers commented on the zombie-like appearance of the adult cast. Especially the ones voiced by Creator/TomHanks. The Cartoon Brew blog nailed it: "This holiday season, give your family nightmares!" * ''MarsNeedsMoms'' ''WesternAnimation/MarsNeedsMoms'' is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aS5W___Ezk all over this]]. After all, Robert Zemeckis is involved with this one. Quite a few websites have noted that the humans look a lot more creepy than the aliens. * Deliberately applied to the characters in ''MonsterHouse''.''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse''. While the film used motion capture, making their body and facial movements very realistic, this was edged out with very slightly 'off' proportions - Dee Jay was deliberately given a lanky physique and the faces were slightly exaggerated. Of course, it was technically a horror film for children, so the creepiness suited it.
4th Feb '16 6:52:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* The unnaturally toothy smile of one of the titular characters in ''TheAdventuresOfSharkBoyAndLavaGirl'' (guess which one) is surprisingly disturbing. [[spoiler:This "uncanniness" is largely subverted as we discover that, despite his unnerving appearance and personality, he is in fact a [[GoodIsNotNice good guy]].]]
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* The unnaturally toothy smile of one of the titular characters in ''TheAdventuresOfSharkBoyAndLavaGirl'' ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkBoyAndLavaGirl'' (guess which one) is surprisingly disturbing. [[spoiler:This "uncanniness" is largely subverted as we discover that, despite his unnerving appearance and personality, he is in fact a [[GoodIsNotNice good guy]].]]
23rd Jan '16 11:29:51 PM rodneyAnonymous
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[[caption-width-right:350:The animatronic baby that was going to be used in the Literature/{{Twilight}} movie series.]]
17th Jan '16 6:23:33 AM Willbyr
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Return to the main page [[UncannyValley here]]. !!Examples
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5th Jan '16 6:21:35 AM AsForMyHandle
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* ''Film/TenThousandBC'': Whose bright idea was it to give [[CamillaBelle the half-Brazilian chick]] blue eyes?
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* ''Film/TenThousandBC'': Whose bright idea was it to give [[CamillaBelle the half-Brazilian chick]] chick blue eyes?
28th Dec '15 3:12:43 PM Anddrix
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* The effects used to make Mr. Fantastic (as played by Ioan Gruffud) stretch in both ''Film/FantasticFour'' films are almost cartoonish, but can appear quite unsettling, even though they are sometimes played for laughs. It's just nowhere as effective as in the comics. It's also hard to sometimes accept The Thing as an actual human being, and the uncanny valley creeps in when everyone treats him as a horribly mutated Ben Grimm, when it feels more like Michael Chiklis trapped in an uncomfortable costume. A more creepy example of Uncanny Valley in the films would be DoctorDoom in the early stages of his transformation, particularly the scar that has been "stitched" with metal staples, showing metallic tissue underneath.
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* The effects used to make Mr. Fantastic (as played by Ioan Gruffud) stretch in both ''Film/FantasticFour'' films are almost cartoonish, but can appear quite unsettling, even though they are sometimes played for laughs. It's just nowhere as effective as in the comics. It's also hard to sometimes accept The Thing as an actual human being, and the uncanny valley creeps in when everyone treats him as a horribly mutated Ben Grimm, when it feels more like Michael Chiklis trapped in an uncomfortable costume. A more creepy example of Uncanny Valley in the films would be DoctorDoom Doctor Doom in the early stages of his transformation, particularly the scar that has been "stitched" with metal staples, showing metallic tissue underneath.
25th Dec '15 1:59:27 AM jormis29
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* In the second Hellboy movie, the baby that Film/{{Hellboy}} rescues has a CG-rendered face that falls deep into the Uncanny Valley. Justified in that there was no way for a ''real'' baby to be used in a scene with stunts like that! ** Young Hellboy, his vacant eyes, and that overbite...
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* In the second Young Hellboy movie, from ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', his vacant eyes, and that overbite... * In ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', the baby that Film/{{Hellboy}} Hellboy rescues has a CG-rendered face that falls deep into the Uncanny Valley. Justified in that there was no way for a ''real'' baby to be used in a scene with stunts like that! ** Young Hellboy, his vacant eyes, and that overbite...that!
10th Dec '15 2:17:28 PM ctempire
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* ''Animal Kingdom: Let's Go Ape'': Being an animated film that uses motion capture, the apes can look creepy. [[http://www.timeout.com/london/film/animal-kingdom-lets-go-ape As this review points out]], they have "weirdly humanoid figures" and "recognisably human faces."
2nd Dec '15 3:57:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* Shawn and Marlon's "[[http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/article/101/1014348/white-chicks-2-20090817025758755.jpg disguises]]" in ''WhiteChicks''. Holy jumping shitballs!
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* Shawn and Marlon's "[[http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/article/101/1014348/white-chicks-2-20090817025758755.jpg disguises]]" in ''WhiteChicks''.''Film/WhiteChicks''. Holy jumping shitballs!
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