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Monsters Inc.

We saw Monsters Inc. last night. The animated short before the feature presentation was worth the price of admission alone. =D The whole thing was incredible. Boo was cute =)

It's amazing to see how far animation technology has come in the space of a few years. It was only a few years ago that a buddy of mine, who was a Senior Tech Lead at Mainframe Entertainment (dev house for Beast Wars) was developing the modules for individual hairs. Back then, hair and fur were only done by texture mapping, looked like helmets and didn't move separately from the subject (ie. Reboot - Dot Matrix's hair). Phil had just gotten short hair on insects to start looking right and introduced it in a Beast Wars episode somewhere in the middle of the series. Longer hair/fur was in the works.

Now, we have stuff like Dr. Aki Ross' hair (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within) and Sully's fur. It isn't perfect either, the movement is very sluggish and deliberate, but at least it moves individually and "reacts" to environmental stimuli.

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Nov. 20th, 2001 06:53 pm (UTC)
Didn't see it... it's not my kind of thing. I am waiting for Episode 4 of Cowboy Bebop to arrive. It's my Christams present to myself.

Although I did like that animated Woody Allen movie about the ants. In fact, wasn't it called "Antz" or something? It even had Sylvester Stalone and Danny Glover in it. I'm not sure what was funnier. Watching the movie or watching the parents squirm and walk out with thier children. Just because it was animated doesn't mean that it still wasn't a Woody Allen movie. Heh, heh, heh... Speaking of which, I loved "Sleeper". Especially when Woody Allen is posing as the robot, and he can be seen in the background beating off a blob in kitchen brings a tear to my eye.
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