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    21 Times Movies And TV Shows Used CGI When They Should’ve Just Left It Alone

    MY EYES.

    Personally, I would consider myself a fan of CGI.


    Will I ever stop screaming about the incredible animation of Rapunzel's hair in Tangled??? Probably not. 

    But, when CGI is bad, it's REALLY bad. Like, "live on eternally in my nightmares" bad. Here are just a few CGI examples that wake me up screaming in the middle of the night.

    1. This harrowing example from The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl:

    George Lopez as Mr. Electric in the film
    Dimension Films

    Ironically, the worst part of this is not the CGI, but just the basic placement of George Lopez's face. It looks like they used one of those old photo booths where it would sub your face in for a character, or faceinhole (lol, remember faceinhole?). 

    2. This poor, poor version of Rufus in the live-action Kim Possible movie:

    Rufus in the live-action Kim Possible
    Disney Channel

    Somebody put it out of its misery.

    3. Those terrifying Gushers commercials:

    876toys / YouTube / Via

    4. The CGI version of Timmy Turner:

    CGI Timmy and 2D Jimmy Neutron shaking hands

    Does anyone else think he looks like Momo???

    5. This grotesque terror from The Lawnmower Man:

    giant monster with veiny-piped body and a metallic head
    New Line Cinema / courtesy Everett Collection

    This movie had Pierce Brosnan. Let that sink in.

    6. This monstrosity from V:

    woman unhinging her jaw to eat a mouse

    I don't even care about the eating-a-mouse part, or the unhinged jaw part. I care about this CGI. When I close my eyes, I see this horrifying image.

    7. This freakish creature that was allegedly supposed to be a cat from Cats and Dogs:

    cat grabbing onto metal piece with its mouth open and fangs out
    Warner Bros / ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

    I hate this so much.

    8. Snyder and the troll from Barbie and the Diamond Castle:

    Mattel Entertainment

    Utterly bone-chilling. This is my favorite Barbie movie, but these guys honestly give me such heebie-jeebies that I skip their scenes.

    9. Tika from Barbie as the Island Princess:

    Tika (an elephant with makeup on)
    Mattel Entertainment

    I am just so disturbed by her makeup and those lashes???? Too human. Elephants don't wear makeup!!

    10. Pimm from Barbie in the Nutcracker:

    Pimm (a bat)
    Mattel Entertainment

    I could do an entire post on Barbie characters, but I'll stop here for all our sakes. 

    11. The original version of Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog:

    Sonic with smaller eyes/a more human face
    hollywoodstreams / YouTube / Via

    I don't even need to talk about this. Y'all know. Thank god he was redesigned.

    12. This abomination from Leo the Lion:

    a ram from the film

    Mom, come pick me up. I'm scared.

    13. Everything about ReBoot:

    two sci-fi characters

    I'm not here to hate on ReBoot. ReBoot was groundbreaking. It also strikes fear deep into my heart. Both statements are equally valid.

    14. Pappy from Rolie-Polie Olie:

    Pappy raising his eyebows
    Disney Channel

    Look, I loved this show growing up, but something about Pappy's jaw didn't sit right with me.

    15. Whatever was going on with The Rock in The Scorpion King:

    Universal Pictures

    I get why they CGI'd his body, obviously, but why is his face like that? :/

    16. These beady-eyed motherfuckers from Christopher Robin:

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

    When I saw this trailer, a piece of me died. My brain will not comprehend it. It's too realistic and yet simultaneously not.

    17. This horrifying version of Garfield from Garfield: The Movie:

    Garfield looking annoyed
    20th Century Fox


    18. These cursed fellas from Dinosaur:

    Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection, Walt Disney Co. / courtesy Everett Collection

    I can appreciate the effort that went into this, but again, something about his mouth and teeth feels far too human for me.

    19. Just every aspect ofThe Lion King (2019):

    Simba and Mufasa from the film
    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

    This one is more a problem with just CGI ruining something than it being nightmare fuel, but my point stands. LEAVE THE LION KING (1994) ALONE!!!

    20. The cheetah version of Kristen Wiig's character in Wonder Woman 1984:

    Cheetah in the film
    Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

    Photorealistic cat-humans just...don't sit well with me. I think it's the furry human body aspect. Which brings me to...

    21. And finally...Cats. Just everything about Cats:

    two of the Cats in the film
    Universal Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

    Do you think that God stays in heaven because he, too, lives in fear of what he has created?

    What CGI always freaks you out? Let us know in the comments!

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