Here in 2019, the film industry is finally at a point where
the technology and tools on offer are able to legitimately bring any possible
visual to life. Going as far back as the 1970s, the use of computer-generated images
and shots began to be integrated into movies more and more with each passing
year and with each passing evolution of computer wizardry.
Despite filmmakers having all kinds of grand ideas with this
new dimension added to movie-making, there have been times where CGI has been
more of a hindrance to the overall end product of a film, in that characters or
locations have looked outright awful. There are, however, those creations that
never fail to wow audiences upon a first viewing and then in subsequent revisits. When done right, a CGI character can
feel just as a natural as any real-life being, and some of the greatest
characters in the history of cinema are based around the magic of CGI.
That’s what we’re going to look at here, then, as we look to
showcase the greatest CGI characters that we’ve ever seen brought to life. Some
of these are included here for their sheer visual value and level of technical
achievement, while others are included for the phenomenal performances behind
them. Either way, these are some of the best characters in film history, period.