It’s The CG-Eye Of The Tiger: Ranking The 5 Greatest SFX Tigers In Movies And TV

CGI is a hell of a drug.

Throughout the past two decades, there has been incredible technological achievements when it comes to utilizing computer generated effects to create the illusion of an actual figure. Composing a member of the animal kingdom is a common tactic seen in films and TV and there are certain moments when the composition is nearly flawless.

Although tigers are beautifully majestic creatures, if they choose to, they can brutally mess one up in an instant. Thankfully we have the technology available to portray these lovable powerhouses on the screen and while there are certain instances when an actual tiger is utilized, there are others where it is completely CGI.

5. Tiger In The Bathroom

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  • Film The Tiger Appears In: The Hangover (2012)

The 2009 comedic hit The Hangover earned an impressive $44 million on its opening weekend and went on to gross over $467 million at the worldwide box office. In the film, a full-grown tiger is seen in one of the most sacred locations a human can be in: the bathroom. A dazed and unsuspecting Alan (Zach Galifianakis) finds said tiger in the penthouse bathroom and the hungover crew is left wondering what they could possibly do with it.

In an interview around the time of its release, Ed Helms provided some insight into the hilarious sequence that sees his character, Stu attempt to subdue the tiger with a sleeping pill inserted into a nice steak. He stated the tiger was a combination of both a real tiger on set and CG effects and that he was “terrified the entire time.”

4. The Gladiatorial Tiger

  • Film The Tiger Appears In: Gladiator (2000)

2000’s Academy Award winning Gladiator brought audiences to ancient Rome and the violently brutal gladiatorial games that occurred in the Colosseum. During a heart-pumping sequence, Maximus comes face to face with an angry tiger as he fights for his life against Tigris of Gaul.

Actual tigers were used during the marveling sequence and post-production house, The Mill, was tasked with composing the tigers originally filmed on blue screen into the fight sequences.

Ask any historical buff and they will tell you all about the horrifying gladiatorial games that occurred during the ancient Roman era, which have in turn been realized on the big screen by Ridley Scott. The celebrated director initially wanted a rhinoceros to enter the arena, but settled for a tiger when he was given a resounding “no” on that prospect.

3. Richard Parker

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  • Film The Tiger Appears In: Life Of Pi (2012)

Based on the 2001 novel of the same name, a majority of Life Of Pi is spent at sea with a young man and a Bengal tiger. Director Ang Lee has stated that the most important component of the story is the relationship between Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and the tiger, Richard Parker and the Oscar-winning film certainly captures that importance with every scene.

Due to the nature of the story and dangers that arise when handling a tiger on a ship with a teenager, visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer realized heavy digital effects were needed as they “didn’t want [the] actor to get eaten.” To achieve the daunting task of portraying a realistic tiger interacting with Pi, real tigers were utilized in production for reference, motion capture and brief inclusions in actual scenes. The VFX crew were then tasked with including the intricacies of a tiger many general audiences wouldn’t even notice such as the jiggle of its body or how its paw rolls.

Westenhofer reveals the task “set [the] bar high for CGI” and explains the importance of getting the job done right:

“We couldn’t cheat at all. It pushed the artists to go and deliver something that’s never been done before, something as photo-real as anyone has ever done with an animal.”

Check Out The ‘Creating Richard Parker’ Featurette Below:

2. Shiva

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  • Series The Tiger Appears In: The Walking Dead

During the second episode of the hit AMC series The Walking Dead, fans were treated to the introduction of King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his pet tiger, Shiva. In a universe where walkers roam free and a Lori is potentially on the road, it never hurts to have the added protection of a loyal feline by your side. With Ezekiel’s throne and Shiva’s intimidating presence, this duo entered the hearts of fans immediately and caused a twitter storm of adoration when the episode entitled “The Well” aired in October 2016.

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When brainstorming how to bring the tiger to life, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman revealed that he and showrunner Scott Gimple decided on utilizing both animatronics and CGI, as opposed to having an actual tiger roaming around the set. Greg Nicotero directed the episode and explained how a majority of Shiva was done through animatronics while CGI was used to create facial expressions and specific detailed movement.

Nicotero appeared on The Talking Dead following the episode and revealed building something “so beautiful and so elegant” was a welcome change from the seven years of “dead, horrible things” the crew became accustomed to creating.

1. Shere Khan

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Last year’s live action adaptation of The Jungle Book featured an all-star voice cast and was a monstrous hit, grossing over $966 million at the worldwide box office. The truly mind-blowing aspect of this visually stunning film is that it was mostly shot in a Los Angeles warehouse with star Neel Sethi having to interact with blue screen and sharpening up his imagination skills.

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The aesthetic of the film was not the only reason for why critics and audiences alike flocked to the theater, the development of its characters appealed to many with virtually everyone lauding Idris Elba’s phenomenal performance as the villainous Shere Khan. Although the animals of the kingdom seemingly coexisted in peace, as soon as the presence of Shere Khan was felt, teeth began to chatter and a sense of unease plagued both the fictional characters and theatrical audience.

Ben Jones, who served as the character supervisor on the film, reveals that the construction of each animal was done entirely from the ground up. The dedication went so far as to create an anatomically accurate portrayal of the animals by tirelessly researching on them and developing them to mimic their real-world counterparts. The combination of the seamless CG and Elba’s commanding voice performance ultimately translated to a terrifying antagonist on screen that possessed all the subtle details an actual tiger would have.

There are a ton of impressive CG characters and utilization of visual effects executed in certain films and TV shows that make you do a double take whenever you view them. With mo-cap artists such as Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell illustrating their Oscar caliber-level performances in the rebooted Planet Of The Apes franchise, more actors may begin focusing on the art of CG and what that world can bring on screen. No one knows where the technological advancements will be five years from now, however if the above are any indication, it is not slowing down one bit.

Which cuddly feline would you most want to spend a day with? Let me know in the comments below!

Logan (2017)

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Logan: I don’t know how you got me here, but… thank you.
Laura: De nada.
Logan: … You can talk? You can fucking talk?

Starring: Hugh Jackman as Logan, Dafne Keen as X-23,  Richard E. Grant as Zander Rice, Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce, Stephen Merchant as Caliban and Sir Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, dir. James Mangold.

| Logan (2017) Review |

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Cinematographer: John Mathieson (The Man From UNCLE, X-Men: First Class, Kingdom of Heaven)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Baze Malbus: Good luck!
Chirrut Îmwe: I don’t need luck! I have you!

Starring: Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Ben Menselsohn as Orson Krennic, Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, Alan Tudyk as K-2SO and Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, dir. Gareth Edwards.

| Rogue One (2016) Review |

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Cinematographer: Greig Fraser (Foxcatcher, Zero Dark Thirty, Lion)

Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige Says Spider-Man Is The Greatest Superhero Ever – This Is Why He’s Right

As fans across the world wait impatiently for the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the man behind the Marvel machine has revealed why he believes Spider-Man is the greatest superhero of all-time.

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios and person responsible for popularizing the MCU, spoke about the web-slinger for the upcoming Disney channel special A Fan’s Guide to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Considering the insanely large slate of characters who call Marvel home, Feige seemingly does not have to think twice when it comes to choosing which hero he would label as the greatest.

He briefly touched on his adoration for Spider-Man and lovingly refers to him as “an amazing icon”:

“Spider-Man is the biggest Marvel character. He is the jewel in the crown. Such an amazing icon. He’s a very different kind of hero because he is, quite simply, the greatest superhero of all time.”

Audiences have seen two notable incarnations of Peter Parker throughout the past fifteen years including Tobey Maguire’s stint in the Sam Raimi trilogy and Andrew Garfield’s two film appearance in the Marc Webb films. When it was announced that a then-19 year old Tom Holland would inherit the iconic web shooters – Both Maguire and Garfield were in their late 20s when initially cast – hesitation set in as many wondered whether Holland could handle the immense pressures placed upon those that tackle the role of a Marvel superhero.

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There was also the issue of whether audiences would tire of seeing a new incarnation of Spider-Man as there were only two years between Garfield’s final appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and last year’s Captain America: Civil War which briefly introduced audiences to Holland’s take. This hesitation remained present until virtually everyone praised his cameo in Civil War and the hype machine began churning in favor of more Spider-Man.

Spider-Man remains as beloved a character as ever because of the various traits inherently in him that transcends whatever incarnation he is in. Here are a few reasons why Feige’s declaration of the Web-Head is an accurate one.

1. No Other Superhero Has His Moves

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ [Credit: Sony]

Spider-Man doesn’t have a specialized web-cave where he can store all of his gadgets and knickknacks, nor does he run a multi-billion-dollar empire. As a young man with not nearly as many financial resources as his Avenger counterparts, Parker had to use his own ingenuity. He taught himself how to use his powers, and inexperience never deterred him from doing the right thing.

Even Spider-Man’s physical movements had an impact on the comic book world. Readers were accustomed to the straightforward brawler-type artwork featured in Superman and Captain America comics, but web-slinger introduced a leaner, contorted gymnastics style. The spidery movements — like his bent legs and chilling out while upside down — allowed readers to witness a character drawn in a way they had never really seen before.

2. He Gets Hurt And That’s Okay

Spider-Man can and does get his ass kicked… Hard. Although he is undeniably powerful, he’s not the Hulk – when he is beaten down by a seemingly superior opponent, you feel it. And you feel his endurance when he gets back up from being pummeled. Peter Parker is truly the superhero embodiment of “I could do this all day.”

3. “He’s Just A Kid”

Spider-Man’s relatablility is arguably his most important component as a character. He was the first major teenage superhero, not just a sidekick. Young fans had the opportunity to imagine themselves in a hero’s shoes, thanks to co-creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The legendary duo wanted to stray away from creating a perfectly all-powerful adult; instead they created Peter as a normal teenager with flaws and everyday struggles like homework and romantic issues.

4. His Selfishness Embodies What A Superhero Should Be

Throughout the comics and film installments, audiences have grown to admire Spider-Man for placing aside his own well-being for the sake of others. Regardless of how many times he has experienced the lowest of lows (the loss of his beloved Uncle Ben and his love Gwen Stacy) or contemplated giving up his heroic identity (as seen in 2004’s Spider-Man 2), Peter Parker always finds himself putting others first.

Even in The Superior Spider-Man, when faced with losing everything and Doc Ock taking his place, Peter Parker chooses to use his final moments to tell Octavius everything he needs to know about being a hero. Peter wants to know that the people he vowed to protect are left in the safe hands of a capable Spider-Man — even if he is not the one to protect them anymore.

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The comic book realm is filled with spectacular characters and rich universes that have entertained fans for decades. Certain superheroes manage to transcend generations by appealing to the very depths of the heart, and Spider-Man is one of the best examples. As film installments come and go, and another actor eventually takes the helm, the inner good of the Spidey character will remain…

And if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll receive another weird dance out of it!

You can catch Tom Holland appear alongside Michael Keaton, Zendaya and Robert Downey Jr. in Spider-Man: Homecoming, set to hit in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Who would you consider to be the greatest superhero of all time? Let me know in the comments below!

Heartbroken Tom Hardy Posts A Lovely Tribute To His Late Dog Woody And We’re All Tearing Up

Nothing can compare to the unconditional love a pet has for its owner, a testament avid animal lover Tom Hardy can attest to. The talented actor wrote a touching tribute to his “best friend,” a Labrador named Woody, who recently passed away at the age of six due to an aggressive form of polymyositis, an inflammatory muscle disease.

Along with the heartfelt tribute, Hardy also included a 10-minute video of photos of the two, set to Candi Staton’s “Young Hearts Run Free,” which you can view below:

Stealing The Legendary Show

Fans were introduced to Woody, full name Woodstock Yamaduki Hardy, when behind-the-scenes photos emerged of Hardy playing around with an adorable 11-week-old Woody while on set of the 2015 film Legend.

Hardy brought Woody along to the Legend blue carpet premiere where the canine stole the show from the handsome actor and his co-stars, including (my forever Girl Crush) Emily Browning and Tara Fitzgerald.

“To The Bestest Friend Ever”

In the tribute, Hardy recalls his first encounter with the stray animal while shooting the crime drama, and reveals having no idea it was a dog at first — confusing it for a wolf, perhaps — because of the pitch blackness of the Georgian sky:

“I first saw Woodstock running across a turnpike we were turning onto late one dark night in Peachtree Georgia Atlanta. Whilst we were shooting Lawless. He was a stray. 11 weeks old. Oh No we thought. Quickly Go get that dog not even sure it was a dog. Actually. We stopped the car. It was pitch black literally. I used my phone to light the road in case a car came round the turnpike and couldn’t see me… I tried to cover some ground but he was fast. I watched this thing Running towards the highway in the pitch black making good speed towards the cars and lorries and I remember seeing what were its floppy ears bouncing towards the traffic.

“… I panicked a little because I couldn’t help it had no name to shout and now it was close to the freeway. I put my fingers to my mouth and I whistled. Loud as I could. The whistle pierced the black. And It stopped the dog dead in its tracks. Then it turned and set eyes on me in one swift movement the ears about faced and the dog decided to run straight at me in the darkness all flashes of teeth and snarling And shrieking. [F–k] this I thought that’s not a fkn dog.”

Hardy states the dog ran “straight at [him]” and mentions hearing the distress in its voice. He details the first moments shared between them:

“I… [expected] to feel teeth and grabbed a fist full of soft neck fur lifted what was actually an incredibly light weight up to my face and shone my phone at it. It was a very small bundle literally sagging from its neck fur with two big brown eyes staring straight into mine. Terrified and utterly quiet. When I got back to the car and sat in my seat he lay on my shoulder and fell asleep. And snored clearly he’d been through a lot. And now the ordeal was seemingly over enough for him to relax.”

After determining the dog was a male, following feeling his “Woodstock” (and so the name was born), Hardy continues his recollection of having him as the “onset dog.” He refers to Woody as being a “survivor” and affectionately stated that “he would never go hungry again” after noticing the various food issues Woody had.

Hardy shared some other fond memories with the pooch and gave a brief shout out to his wife, Charlotte Riley, who “worked tirelessly with him to get him through a rough case of separation anxiety.” Riley gave birth to their son in October 2015 and Hardy credits Woody for guarding her fiercely while she was pregnant.

Hardy reveals that he and his family are “devastated by [the] loss” and remain “ultimately grateful for his loyal companionship and love and it is of some great comfort that he is no longer suffering.” He concludes the heart-wrenching tribute by thanking his “bestest friend ever” and states that their souls are “intertwined forever”:

“He was special bro, a shining example of man’s best friend. He burnt very very bright and, those that burn very bright sometimes burn half as long.

“Thankyou Woody for choosing to find us. We will love you and be with you and you with us forever. Never ever ever forgotten. Your Boy tom xxx I love you beyond words. To the moon and back again and again to Infinity and beyond. Run with [Hardy’s other deceased pet] Max now and the Angels. I will see you when I get there.

“With all of me I love you… Your love beautiful boy.”

The immense joy Woody brought Hardy and his family is pretty clear. Although Hardy is known for roles that perpetuate a tough guy persona, the actor truly has a heart of gold. The touching words he wrote illustrates the sheer adoration felt for Woody and we wish Hardy and his family all the best.

You can catch Tom Hardy next in the upcoming Christopher Nolan war drama Dunkirk starring Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance. Dunkirk releases in theaters on July 21st.

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What did you think of Hardy’s tribute? Let me know in the comments below!

Mark Hamill Chimes In On John Boyega, Who Freaked Out Fans By Tweeting A ‘Star Wars’ Non-Spoiler

When it comes to the beautiful monster that is the Star Wars universe, spoilers or anything that could even be remotely construed as a spoiler are a big no-no. John Boyega has seemingly learned this the hard way following a brief Twitter freakout over an innocuous tweet that didn’t have anything to do with the galaxy far, far away.

Boyega, who portrays Finn in the newest Star Wars trilogy, tweeted out an intriguing prospect involving himself stepping into the shoes of an unnamed villain in what could be a reference to an upcoming mysterious yet unnamed film:

Some believed the above post was a startling revelation made about his character for The Last Jedi. Certain fans believed this was the official introduction of “Finn Ren,” while others implored that the tweet was in no way related to Finn:

Boyega then assured fans that the tweet certainly was not Star Wars related because, let’s face it, every single person who knows anything about the upcoming films will keep their lips sealed for fear of facing the wrath of Disney. Even Game Of Thrones star and spoiler-keeping veteran Emilia Clarke, who is set to star in the untitled Han Solo anthology film, revealed she’s more nervous talking about Star Wars than her ridiculously popular HBO series.

Mark Hamill’s response to the brief hysteria is truly the cherry on top of this bizarre situation, with Luke Skywalker’s alter ego teasing fans with a potential Finn/Luke relationship:

… And thus, we’re all left to utilize our best dog GIFs to properly express our feelings on the matter. Yep, you can always count on Mark Hamill to deliver a witty quip for whatever occasion arises.

Although Boyega has been in the thick of all things Star Wars for a few years now, he may still be adjusting to the fanatical side that seems to plague many fandoms, this one in particular. Fans have been waiting impatiently to see Boyega reprise his role in The Last Jedi, set for release on December 15. Until then, he has been attached to a number of projects since The Force Awakens, including this year’s The Circle starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, the Netflix original Imperial Dreams, and the upcoming sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising.

You can catch Boyega next in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, co-starring Will Poulter, Samira Wiley, Jacob Latimore and Anthony Mackie, set for release on August 4. Check out the trailer below!

What would you do to get your hands on some Star Wars spoilers? Let me know in the comments below!

REBLOG: Genre Grandeur – V for Vendetta (2005) – Ghezal Plus Movies

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For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Graphic Novel Film Adaptations, here’s a review of V for Vendetta (2005) by Ghezal of Ghezal Plus Movies

Thanks again to Vern of the Video Vortex for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Audrey of 1001 Movies and Beyond and she has chosen the genre of Movie Musicals.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of June by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Audrey!

Let’s see what Ghezal thought of this movie:


V For Vendetta (2005) Review


Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Fry and John Hurt.

Director: James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin, Sense8)

When I think of some of the greatest graphic novel to film adaptations, two titles come to mind that both stemmed from the same author: Alan Moore’s Watchmen and V…

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