Posts Tagged ‘animation’

Those who have seen the movie “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” might be hard-pressed to know that the old man played by Brad Pitt was not achieved through multiple actors, nor makeup, but by cutting-edge digital effects.

Ed Ulbrich, an animator and digital effects expert, shares his experience in creating Benjamin Button, as well as the fantastic technology used to create an aged Brad Pitt.


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Can faith coexist with reason? What is the nature of evil? Such deep philosophical themes, you wouldn’t expect it to be the topic of an animated film for children.

When I was a young child, I saw a movie that I enjoyed immensely: The Flight of Dragons. Produced in 1982, it was a fantasy animated movie about dragons, wizards, and magic.

The plot is set sometime during the 10th century, when the four wizards of the world gather to address the spreading influence of science. The resulting events are both entertaining and thought-provoking, as well as rich with allusion and reference–for a children’s movie. What I didn’t fully realize when I first saw the movie as a child is that the story of the movie explored philosophical themes deeper than a young kid like me could appreciate: themes like the dichotomy between reason (science) and belief (magic), the balance between good and evil, and the fabric of the universe.

Now many years later, I have the opportunity to present this fantastic movie again here on the internet.

Check out the film here.

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