Here’s one simple and fascinating thing that occurred for me while watching Avatar:
It’s not that you didn’t know when you were watching computer animation, it’s that you started second guessing whether the real actors you were looking at were real.
That’s what hit me about the progress of computer animation when I watched Avatar. You know the big blue guys are computer animated but they were so well animated that you start to wonder if the real actors were actually animated too.
That has impressed me quite a bit. Avatar is nowhere near the caliber of a $2 billion dollar movie but no movie to date, besides Avatar, has had me doubting whether or not something real was really real.
That’s quite an achievement in its own right.