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Final Fantasy is being touted as the . :. I first ever photo-realistic computer . _ 1, animation. It unquestionably :z. ._ f 1 represents a quantum leap for r ,, animation. Anyone without prior . ; . knowledge of what they were , ; ~ ; . watching could quite conceivably . . ~ 3, . . ;, believe they were looking at real ' a n , I . actors, props, sets, etc. Some of \ .- the time. t , ' ~ v ~ Adapted from the phenomenally H . ,I , successful Japanese role-playing . , .‘ . , computer game series, The Spirits . . ,. 1 . , Within tells a new story in which the ~ r r . . 1,. t - Earth of 2065 has succumbed to an A quantum leap for animation H r. " a alien invasion. As the survivors -: r‘ . ~ attempt to deal with the cancer-like of the game is given the standard the basis for the computer mapping " . n l'”) w iii 1' infestation of invisible extra- Hollywood blockbuster treatment. of movement plus an army of >1:- ‘M a Aw 2' terrestrials, a feud breaks out However, it’s the small things that animators working with specially- "" .z r ' ; iv '1“ between the scientists and the convince. In the opening sequence created software tools specific to .i s r sin: 1’ military over the solution. Aki Ross Ross searches for life in the ruins of each character. The results are gwiir l‘:""7.".'_“- w, ll"'l->l and her mentor, Dr Sid, argue for an old New York City. As she creeps mixed, but often astonishingly ' r «,iiti r: » liarlw» organic one which involves through rubble-strewn Times believable. Human movement is still i r n "xiriw: "zili’lr‘w harnessing Earth’s spirit or ‘Gaia’, Square it’s her nervous looks and problematic, sometimes too ; °. (7' , while the warlord, General Hein, baited breath that create suspense, smooth. Occasionally there’s too . {in r i; H; w ~ wants to exterminate the invaders and when she’s pursued by aliens, much detail; animating every strand ’. a, .. .-.;iu with a space cannon. it’s the news reportage-ster shakey of hair on a human head looks at pin/M, Minuet :i. mi Co-produced by a Japanese and camera which thrills. So, though hyper-real. And textures, '32- (it/i. of a Harlin" American crew, co-directed by there’s plenty of spectacle on particularly skin, can be a giveaway. .-’,-’l .'.':l": my game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi display, from hi-tech gadgetry to Whether Aki Ross will replace her '_",'~',-o'- '~ £i"’lfi ..".’l‘:l tw. and voiced by Hollywood talent interstellar dreamscapes, it’s with human counterparts is debatable; new: " ,r :2 riw gm». ir‘

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With sophisticated animated features like Shrek and Toy Story allowmg an adult audience to watch cartoons \‘JllhOtlI worrying about not being accompanied by a responsible child, it's posSible to forget that some animations really are Just for the kids. That's the case With Help! I'm A Fish. a new offering from Denmark. but featuring familiar British veices.

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This cheerful offering involves three kids: pesky Fly, his sweet little sister Stella and their geeky cousm Chuck. After sneaking out of the house they come across a secret tunnel by the sea. in which lives a professor (veiced by Terry Jones) who's created a formula to turn humans into fish. Lo and behold. Our junior heroes are soon Swimming With the fishes. trying to find an antidote and doing battle With an evil

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