The British Film Institute profiles the unsung work of effects house Rhythm and Hues, responsible for creating many of Hollywood’s CGI animals in films ranging from Babe to Yogi Bear to Life of Pi. They write, “In a way, Rhythm & Hues has taken its digital safari full circle. 17 years ago with Babe it transformed real live-action animals with discreet tweaks to their mouths and faces. They then sought to transform cartoon animals into full-bodied photorealistic forms. With Life of Pi, they’ve accomplished a work of near-total photorealism, where each painstaking detail intensifies a sense of heightened reality that is cinema, extending beyond the animal into a setting that itself is largely digital.”
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