How Life of Pi’s tiger was created

Any lingering doubts that we’ve yet to tackle the animal analogue of the Uncanny Valley were buried at sea when millions of moviegoers came face to face with Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger in Life of Pi. After watching the lengthy and pivotal performance from a shipwrecked tiger, the public were left wondering how the film-makers had coaxed a real animal into doing all those things. The animation was so good that the Indian film board refused to show the film at first, as they thought the emaciated tiger was real. Rhythm & Hues had to send them reference shots to prove the animal was a digital creation.

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