Things I Hate About Christmas #1 – Robert Zemeckis’ Uncanny Valley

Posted: December 20, 2009 in Christmas, Cinema

The uncanny valley hypothesis holds that when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers.

Here's how creepy a CG version of Tom Hanks would look. Why not just use the real life version?

Why does Robert Zemeckis have to take viewers to the depths of uncanny valley with his stupid CG mo-cap Christmas movies? Is he too stupid to realise just how creepy his creations are? If he is going to make a CG movie why does he have to make the characters look

as realistic as possible? Why not just make a live action film?

Arggggghhhh! Kill it.

I have heard that A Christmas Carol is not as creepy as the Polar Express (a film featuring the creepiest characters since Todd Browning’s Freaks) but I am still not going to watch it. Considering there are dozens of movie versions of A Christmas Carol that don’t feature creepy CG, motion capture or the ever annoying Jim Carrey, including a couple that are all-time classics, Zemeckis’ version is pretty redundant anyway.

  1. Millsie says:

    Tom Hanks is just freaking me out up there. I’m going to have nightmares of CG Tom Hanks just blankly staring at me.

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