Why CG Humans Are Creepy

It’s a little too late (or is that too early) to be thinking such deep thoughts, but there’s a fascinating post on Momus’ blog about the “Uncanny Valley” theory. While this is a robotics principle dating from the ’70s, it is extremely relevant today in the world of computer animation and offers an interesting explanation for why CG attempts at human realism in films like FINAL FANTASY are disturbing to our sensibilities. The comments section expands the discussion to encompass Thomas and Johnston’s ILLUSION OF LIFE, Tintin and Hello Kitty providing for some thought-provoking reading.