The Effects Are Bananas (B-A-N-A-N-A-S)

King_Kong_2005Watch out guys. In a recent interview, Francis Lawrence dropped the biggest news (to me, anyway) regarding The Hunger Games: Catching Fire that we’ve had in a while.

Will this one have better CGI?

Uh, yeah. I think the effects are phenomenal. If you know the book, there’s a monkey-mutt attack, and Weta, who did Rise of the Planet of the Apes and King Kong, did the monkeys for us.

WHOA! Hold up.

Weta refers to Weta Digital, a digital effects company co-founded by Peter Jackson, which is known for developing and utilizing ground-breaking technology and has done prestigious, award-winning visual effects work for so many movies, including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, The Avengers, Avatar, Iron Man 3, King Kong, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and so many others.

Weta's most famous contribution to pop culture

Weta’s most famous contribution to pop culture

Wait a second.

Are you telling me… that the monkey-mutts were done by a company who has done visual effects for movies that specifically require CGI monkeys and apes?

One criticism that was often heard among fans and non-fans alike is that The Hunger Games was a bit lacking on the visual effects side. Which, if you ask me, is all down to money. The budget for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire allows for a world-renowned visual effects company to step in and handle the CGI.

This news has made me a bit too excited about Catching Fire coming out. You know that the arena will be hidden from us for as long as Lionsgate can allow it, and I’m dying to know if my “just you wait for Catching Fire”‘s that I doled out to the skeptical masses have been proven right.

Kind of like this but less cars

Kind of like this but less cars

So be excited, guys! They’ll most likely not be as bad as the dog-mutts.

Did Andy Serkis mocap for the lead monkey-mutt for this too?



  1. *shrugs* I don’t know, the canine-mutts scared the bleep outta me when I first saw THG. But I don’t have a very discerning eye when it comes to VFX. So take my reaction with a grain of salt, I guess.

  2. Same here but the mutts were used as a jump scare which made them terrifying,so it wasn’t the actual creature itself. When there wasn’t a lot shaky cam, they looked average.

    One (of the many things) that pissed me of about the Twilight franchise is no matter how much the movie made, the special effects still sucked and the studio didn’t give a damn about trying to hire better talent to make the movie a little bit better. (Granted the source material wasn’t great but you know…..).

    Mostly, I am really glad the Lionsgate is pulling in all the best people in the business to make the film. This is Harry Potter levels of talent.

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