It goes without saying that animation and animated films have gradually shifted from old-school hand-drawings towards more modern computer-generated animation, particularly in the past decade or so. But one renowned Studio Ghibli animator/director remains unconvinced about CGI - Hayao Miyazaki.
During the recently-aired documentary about the legendary director, titled "NHK Special: Hayao Miyazaki - The One Who Never Ends", Miyazaki was shown a clip of an AI-generated human/zombie creature. But rather than be impressed at how far technology has progressed for animation, the director was critical about the use of CGI.
Reflecting on his experiences with a disabled friend, Miyazaki said that it was difficult for him to reconcile his friend's real-life struggle with the grotesque CGI clip he was shown. The director then proceeded to say that he is "utterly disgusted" at how CGI is used before telling everyone that he has no intentions of incorporating the technology into his work:
"Whoever creates this stuff has no idea what pain is whatsoever. I am utterly disgusted. If you really want to make creepy stuff you can go ahead and do it. [But] I would never wish to incorporate this technology into my work at all.”
Check out Hayao Miyazaki's, uh, not so flattering thoughts on CGI right here: