Uncanny Valley

Although originally applied only to robotics, the principle has been applied to computer animation characters. The Uncanny Valley was considered by some to be the reason behind the difficulty in creating computer-animated characters. Critics of computer animated films sometimes invoke the Uncanny Valley when explaining their dislike for a particular film. The principle leads to the conclusion that to generate a positive emotional response in human beings, it is often better to include fewer human characteristics in the entity, lest it fall into the Uncanny Valley. Critics argue, however, that there has been no evidence in animation or filmmaking for the existence of the Uncanny Valley, even though movie effects have gradually developed to the point when humans are digitally rendered realistically and without evoking negative emotions from the viewers. Proponents of this view argue that nowhere between 1970s and 2000s have moviemakers actually faced the challenge of the Valley.
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