Monday, March 4, 2024

Podcast: Top 3 CGI Characters (Live-Action)

This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we discussed the amazing film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, starring the wonderful Andy Serkis who brought Caesar to life in some incredibly potent ways. And after seeing how awesome Caesar was in Dawn, there’s no doubt that motion capture will start to be recognized for the work that goes into it. And while not all of our characters in this discussion is motion-capture, for our Top 3 this week, we discuss the best CGI characters in live-action movies. We’ve seen plenty over the years, and while not all great, some surly stand out as some of the most fun we’ve had at the movies.

That being said, what CGI characters would make your list? Here are the one’s that made ours (Keep in mind we all have different criteria for our lists as well):


1) The Lord of the Rings – Gollum / Dawn/Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Caesar
2) Jurassic Park – Raptors and T-Rex
3) Richard Parker – Life of Pi


1) The Lord of the Rings – Gollum
2) Jurassic Park – T-Rex
3) Pirates of the Caribbean – Davi Jones


1) Terminator 2: Judgement Day – T-1000
2) The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug – Smaug
3) Watchmen – Dr. Manhattan

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Optimus and Bumblebee – Transformers, Alien – District 9, Sonny – I, Robot, Hulk/Iron Man/Spider-Man – MMU, King Kong – King Kong, Yoda – Star Wars, Godzilla – Godzilla

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. There are about a ton of other CGI characters that could’ve easily made our lists, as there have been some great animated characters in live-action movies over the years. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here
or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.


JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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  1. Sorry to be so late with this. I’ve been listening to your whole years worth of podcasts totally out of order and I usually listen on my way to work and then forget to comment when I get home. I love your to three lists and don’t disagree with anyone’s choices here. However, the fact that you guys went though this whole section and the name Yoda never was mentioned makes me sad and confused lol

    • Thanks for listening man, really appreciate it! As for Yoda, he’s a great character, I think we all just appreciate him more in the original series. But I did list him as an honorable mention and I agree, he’s a fantastic character. Lol

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