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More Like the Uncanny Chasm: Tarzan 3D Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 8, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 8, 2012 |

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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