10 Best CGI Movie Characters Ever

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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.


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