November 2nd, 2010, 8:05 am


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Digital Effects Not Make One Great

Probably not the best sign when, out of two options, the Muppet is the most convincing. Just sayin'.

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Incoming rant! Apologies in advance!

cspainey October 31st, 2010, 8:12 am

I love Star Wars. And, like most people who love Star Wars, I find the prequel movies to be a matter of significant disappointment. But what bugged me more than anything about the prequels was the apparent over-reliance on CGI. For me, Yoda seems to act as a prime example for this.

Watching the original trilogy again, even 30 years after Yoda's first appearance he actually looks like he's supposed to be there. He looks like a puppet, sure, but a puppet who is actually there, doing stuff and interacting with the characters and the environment.

Seeing CG Yoda in the prequels today, only 5 years after the most recent one was released… well, it already looks so substandard. I'm not saying they didn't do a good job with the modeling or the animating or anything; just that, considering how fast such technology progresses, it seems somewhat counterproductive if you want to make your movie timeless.

Even during the fairly-badass, hopping-all-over-the-place lightsaber duel between him and Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones, Yoda's CG visage is the only thing reflecting the light from the lightsabers' glows, which just seems to completely undermine any effort that went into blending the character into the scene.
Obviously it wasn't something that could have been done with a puppet (at least not without hilarious results!) but my beef is with the way it appears they were too concerned with showing off what they could do with the technology rather than creating a believable scene. Or movie.

Or prequel trilogy.


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Twentydragon November 2nd, 2010, 9:25 am

Now the really fun part: watch "Reboot" again. XD

Oh, hey, I wanted to ask before, but how did you guys come decide to name this "As You're Up" (depending on how funny it was, you might even get a page or two out of it!)?

Gibson Twist November 2nd, 2010, 11:12 am

To be fair, the original movies were also very heavy on cutting edge technology, not really any different than the new movies, and the Lord of the Rings movies were simply an orgy of FX. While I do agree that a CG Yoda is dating itself already, and even looking at the retouched originals is a laugh-fest now, the CG is mostly just a resigned shrug of the shoulders for me. The movies were atrociously written, woefully directed, and even despite a valiant effort on Ewan McGregor's part, terribly acted. So bad were these movies, in fact, that I no longer enjoy watching the originals.

But this strip made me giggle.

Evenstar (Guest) November 3rd, 2010, 6:58 am

I have to say, a fight between Count Dooku and a PUPPET Yoda would have been IMMENSE. :D