CGI is a lot like mayonnaise; it doesn’t age terribly well, too much can be overpowering, and if it’s bad, it'll make you sick. While bad CGI can be a lot of fun to watch, it can also really pull the viewer out of the illusion of reality, making the manufactured qualities painfully obvious. That being said, bad CGI does not always equate to a bad movie. Plenty of excellent films have some iffy CGI quality. Usually, though, if the attention to detail is not there for the CGI, it will almost always be missing in other areas as well. When it’s really bad, like the entries in this list, however, it is impossible to ignore and difficult to forget.
If we were to look at movies of all shapes and sizes, the list would be a lot longer, but for now we will only focus on bigger budget films, or at least films that have no excuses for their brutal CGI quality. While there are some CGI settings and environments that look worse than pre-millennium video games, this list will focus only on characters, the people and animals in movies that move and react to their environments in whatever hilariously fake way the VFX teams could muster up.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the 15 worst CGI characters in film.
15 Dain II Ironfoot – The Hobbit
14 The Deer – The Ring Two
13 Dark Seekers - I Am Legend
12 Jar Jar Binks – The Phantom Menace
11 Green Lantern – Green Lantern
10 Jabba the Hut – Star Wars: A New Hope
9 The Langoliers – The Langoliers
8 The Hulk – The Hulk
7 Malebolgia – Spawn
6 Sharks - Deep Blue Sea
5 Liu Kang - Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
4 The Claws - Wolverine Origins
3 Catwoman – Catwoman
2 Blarp - Lost in Space
1 The Scorpion King – The Mummy Returns
This one is something alright. It’s almost as if the makeup and costume team quit mid-production and the only computer they had to develop a Scorpion King model with was a Commodore 64. The textures, the colors, everything; it’s brutal. You have to wonder what the Rock did to the VFX team for them to make him look like such a jabroni. With a $98 million USD budget, The Mummy Returns and the Sega Genesis version of Dwayne Johnson take the title of worst CGI character ever.
Sources: lostinspace.wikia.com, IMDB.com, Wikipedia.org
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