The Muppets is opening in the UK today and just like the ramp-up to the film’s U.S. debut, the Disney publicity machine has been humming along dispatching Kermit and Co. to host the BAFTAs, sell milk and mock Fox News Business. One of the most interesting story angles that the film’s publicists have been pushing out to the media is role CGI played in the making of the film.
Above is a look at the role Look Effects played in helping to bring The Muppets back to the big screen. Also pretty cool is this VFX breakdown of an “invisible” FX shot by Shade VFX that involved removing several Muppets from a scene due to last minute changes that were made in post production.
I like to think I have a pretty good eye for spotting VFX work in films, but I was really surprised by just how much effects work went in to this film and how seamless most of it is. To have so much CG work be so unnoticeable is a real testament to the skill of the artists and technicians who worked on The Muppets.
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