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AI Cartoon Characters Real-Life Humans
Photo credit: Hidreley Diao via Petapixel
Brazilian Hidrely Diao has always been fascinated with artificial intelligence and just what it can do with deepfakes. What better way to make use of it than on cartoon characters to see just how they would actually look like as humans. Some of these characters would not look out of place in live-action remakes of famous animated features or cartoon series. First up, we have Tinkerbell from Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid’s Prince Eric.

Visual Effects Best 100 3D Render CG Challenge
Visual effects designer Clinton Jones wanted to see just how talented some of the best 3D artists are. So, he decided to hold a Alternate Realities CG challenge where 2,400-entries were received. No textures were provided, just a simple animated scene of what appears to be someone lugging a heavy object. The results ranged from science fiction-inspired scenes to a bar of soap walking across a bathroom. Read more for videos of the top 100 as well as all 2400 entries.

Thor Ragnarock Lightsabers
In Ragnrok, Thor returns to Asgard to find Heimdall gone and his estranged brother Loki posing as Odin, who is then forced to help him find their father, and with directions from Stephen Strange at the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, they locate Odin in Norway. What could the movie have been like if the main characters used lightsabers instead of a hammer and other weapons? Read more to see exactly this, thanks to ImmersionVFX.

The Simpsons Pixar Onward
Pixar movies typically begin with a Pixar short film, like Bao with Incredibles 2, Lou with Cars 3, Piper with Finding Dory, and so forth, but for Onward, we’re getting one from The Simpsons universe. That’s right, since the The Walt Disney Company acquired Fox properties, they’re going to screen “Playdate with Destiny” before Onward, starring Maggie Simpson. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Google Doodle Mother's Day
Google celebrated Mother’s Day with a three-part, interactive Doodle featuring a duck and her ducklings. After clicking play, three buttons enable search engine visitors to watch a mama duck teaching life lessons to her young offspring, including the way proper way to waddle. “Initially, when the Doodles were on the home page, they were just a static image. And that’s all the bandwidth that people could afford,” says Jessica Yu, the Doodle team lead. Read more for a behind-the-scenes video about this Doodle and additional information.

Game of Thrones VFX Dragons
HBO’s Game of Thrones will return for its final season on Sunday, April 14th (tonight) in the US, and what better way to get hyped than with a visual effects breakdown video from an expert at Pixomondo. Yes, Dany and Tyrion’s boat, which is surrounded by ships, waves, and dragons in one episode, was all shot in front of a green-screen. You can’t that Kit Harington was actually petting a blue rock rather than an actual breathing dragon. Read more for the video and a few bonuses.