OPINION: A New Era of Film

With the recent rise of CGI, questions have brought up the necessity of the overbearing technology seen in film.

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OPINION: A New Era of Film

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Lauren Unverzagt, Staff Writer

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The Lion King, Aladdin, Cats and Sonic are all movies in 2019 that have been noticed and even called out for their use of CGI. CGI, also known as computer-generated imagery, has improved greatly over the years and gained popularity and necessity in more and more movies. While some argue this is the new direction that film is going in, the question must be asked: is it a positive change? 

When Disney announced its remake of The Lion King, many were ecstatic to relive one of their favorite childhood movies. The movie was no let down in terms of the obvious talent that Disney demonstrated in their completely CGI movie. However, most of the movie was a shot for shot of the original movie, with the only goal being to show off how much they have improved and make a profit while doing it.  

Aladdin was another remake Disney brought to theaters in 2019 While many of Disney’s movies now include CGI, fans were quick to notice and critique Genie, the iconic character’s animation style. Despite advancements in technology and the skill that Disney possesses, Genie was portrayed as a cheap attempt to blend CGI with Will Smith’s recognizable face and was a letdown.  

Recognizable faces are just one of the many issues presented in the trailer for Cats. Along the same line of the flaws seen in Genie, Cats has a heavy lineup of famous faces for main characters, but puts too great of an emphasis on forcing a famous face onto a completely altered body. It left many viewers feeling shocked and simply distracted from the main points of the trailer.  

Another trailer that caused immediate backlash was the unforgettable Sonic the Hedgehog. Fans were so outraged at the poor design of Sonic that the creators decided to ultimately postpone the release of the movie in order to remake Sonic with a higher resemblance to the original cartoon. It is respectable when a creator can recognize their flawed decision and stray from the original plan in order to do the original justice. The creators hope the release of their new design will prove it was worth the remake and ultimately help bring the character to life in a modern way.  

Technology has brought powerful changes into the film industry. Hopefully creators do not choose to rely on the intrigue of this technology but instead use it to enhance an already interesting and unique movie. Although there have been drawbacks in the heavy use of CGI, such as it being unsettling, unnecessary or distracting, there will always be excitement regarding the advancement in a new era of film. 

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