More Like the Uncanny Chasm: Tarzan 3D Trailer
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More Like the Uncanny Chasm: Tarzan 3D Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 8, 2012 | Comments ()


A quick show of hands, has anyone ever actually enjoyed the look and feel of a motion capture film? I don't mean using the technology tactically in the midst of a larger film, like the construction of Gollum in Lord of the Rings. Because seriously, I cannot understand the appeal. Motion capture is like a technology designed explicitly to create simulacra of life completely devoid of souls.

Tarzan 3D is still looking for a distributor. Check out the new international trailer and see if you can put your finger on why companies aren't lining up around the block to put money into getting this thing into theaters.

Sweet triumphant music on a stick, you didn't land on the moon, you climbed a freaking tree. I guess the triumph was supposed to be in our jaws dropping at the scenery, but I must be spoiled by watching "Nature" on PBS in HD. Also, I climbed taller trees on my Dreamcast back in 1999, and they had less pixels.

It could be worse. Tom Hanks could have played every single role. There needs to be a special seminar on ethics in film school that includes a module called "Friends don't let Friends Motion Capture."

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  • Idle Primate

    it looked cheap, and was a boring trailer--no sense that there would be intrigue or adventure, just a badly drawn guy in a loin cloth climbing a tree while absurdly epic music churns aimlessly. i didn't get uncanny valley, just cheap video game.

    motion capture has its uses. how it is done is novel, the point or effect isn't, it is simply digital rotoscoping, which is nearly as old as animated films are.

  • Ben

    I'm kind of torn on motion capture movies, on the one hand like 90% of them look just awful, on the other hand it seems to be the only way we're getting animated films that aren't made for kids like Beowulf. It can be good if done right, but it's just usually used as a crutch.

  • no one

    Motion capture fails like Obama in a debate.

  • Fredo

    he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a
    doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn't even seem to be livin'

  • TK

    One million Internets for Fredo today.

  • BWeaves

    So, did the gorillas teach him to:

    -Skin animals
    - Tan leather
    - Design Speedo shaped loin wear

    If he's raised by animals, why is he wearing anything at all?

    Each scene looks like it was animated by someone different, because Tarzan's face and body shape seems to change between scenes.

    I refuse to believe this was motion capture, because people can't move like that in real life. Geez, take a physics class.

    And where did the 3rd gorilla come from?

  • zeke_the_pig

    Gorillas love them some Neil Young though

  • NynjaSquirrel

    What I got from that was he started climbing the tree as a boy, and got to the top as a man - but maybe I'm just being too generous and it was sloppy.

  • AudioSuede

    Beowulf wasn't unwatchable........yeah, I've got nothing.

  • BWeaves

    No, but the CGI Botox drove me nuts.

  • ghisent

    How come Tarzan never has facial hair? Or in this case, any body hair at all? Is manscaping big among the raised-by-wild-animals set?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Little Known Fact: Gorillas are really good beauticians.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    That looks CGI more than anything. When you say "motion capture" I think of stop motion, and I think of Coraline. Which was amazing. Especially if you watch the making of. You see all the craftsman and women who crated all the things you see in the movie. That is amazing. And total eye candy.

  • Idle Primate

    motion capture uses a suit with sensors on it that record a persons movements and sometimes facial expression. animation is then mapped onto it. its modern rotoscoping

  • Ben

    You might think that but that's not what motion capture is. Motion Capture is like Polar Express, Beowulf etc.

  • Pig_Man

    there are 3 pigs commenting... weird

  • zeke_the_pig

    Shotgun house made of bricks!

  • Idle Primate


  • bleujayone

    It's pretty bad when the animated cartoon Tarzan looks and flows more naturally than this- and no I don't mean the Disney version, I mean the Filmation one in all its 1970's rotoscoped glory.

    And for someone who was raised by apes in the jungle, this version of Tarzan seems remarkable scrawny and pale. Tarzan was supposed to be in peak physical condition in order to so effortlessly navigate the jungle and rule over its beasts. This one looks like an eagle will eventually snatch him up, take him back to her nest and have her hatchlings peck him to death.

    This has not been a good year for Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations.

  • Jezzer

    I would totally go see this movie if it ended with him getting carried off by an eagle and pecked to death by her chicks.

  • Snath

    I thought The Adventures of Tintin was pretty great, actually.

  • Idle Primate

    i thought so. in a young indy way. but then, i have no history with tintin comics, so i couldn't be offended if it strayed too far

  • Fabius_Maximus

    You mean the one with the overly long, pointless action sequences?

  • Snath

    Well, it's Spielberg. That kind of comes with the territory, and I enjoy that.

  • linnyloo

    Me too. I think that one reason I enjoyed it was because it was motion capture, but deliberately veered into the cartoonish. So it worked because they weren't trying SO HARD to make the characters look like real people, because that's not gonna end up successful, not at this stage of the technology.

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  • zeke_the_pig

    This just looks like a lower quality version of what I imagine James Cameron's life is like inside his own head.

  • Will

    Ralph Bakshi movies are great

  • Idle Primate

    yes they are

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Are we sure that's motion capture and not some kind of claymation centered on a Ken doll?

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