Why Do Practical Effects Get Replaced with CGI?

Yesterday, we celebrated the momentous decision to replace the practical effect-dinosaurs in “Jurassic Park” with CGI animation. Today, we look at the other side of the issue: the effect that CGI has had on traditional puppet-makers, animatronic artists, and stop motion animators whose work has increasingly been relegated to the sidelines.

How The ‘Jurassic Park’ Dinosaurs Switched From Stop Motion To CGI

Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” along with other early-to-mid-Nineties films like “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Toy Story,” were all part of a breakthrough era in CGI filmmaking. What many people may not realize, however, is that the decision to create computer-animated dinosaurs wasn’t made until the film was well into production.