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How 'Planet of the Apes' Inspired Visual Effects for 'Pete's Dragon'

08.17.2016

Weta VFX supervisor Eric Saindon reveals the many influences that shaped Disney's newest fantastic creature.

At first glance, Elliot, the titular dragon in the new Disney film Pete's Dragon, which opens today, wouldn't seem to have much in common with Caesar, the evolved chimpanzee in Fox's 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Both characters were created by Peter Jackson's VFX house Weta Digital, which has created acclaimed CG characters from King Kong to Smaug. But, actually, the kinship between Caesar and Elliot goes deeper than that...

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Watch: 'Planet of the Apes' Short Films Document Gap Between 'Rise' and 'Dawn'

07.11.2014

Twentieth Century Fox has partnered with Vice Media?s Motherboard to release three short films documenting what happened during the 10 years that have passed between ?Rise? and ?Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.?

In the upcoming film, Caesar and his army of apes are threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. Apes and humans are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth?s dominant species...

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/watch-planet-of-the-apes-short-films-document-gap-between-rise-and-dawn-1201257334/


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