Tuesday, April 12, 2011

First Look at 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' VFX

Oh. My. GOD ! It's...It's...It's...a MONKEY !!!! And a CGI one at that. This is the first official look at this year's highly anticipated prequel to "Planet of the Apes" starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox and Andy Serkis (voice & motion-capture), due for release on August 5. Indeed, one can safely argue that the tech involved in the making of this movie far outreaches the classical prosthetic make-up used as far as the 2001 Tim Burton reboot. These will probably be the most realistic talking apes we're ever going to see on the big screen. And Serkis himself is no stranger to the monkey business. He also provided motion capture for Peter Jackson's "King Kong". Now if only they could guarantee that the story and characters will be just as impressive. Still waiting for an actual teaser trailer to form an opinion. So far, they're teasing us with style, not substance. And since when do they think that audiences buy tickets to movies based on just how impressive the technology behind them is. I'll take the old ape costumes anyday, if the story is any good. Which is why, even to this day, the 1968 original still works. They have a lot to live up to.


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