The presence of the uncanny valley between animation and cinema: a communication approach

Rodrigo Assaf, Sahra Kunz, Luís Teixeira

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Despite all the technological advances in the field of computer graphics, the uncanny valley effect is still an observed phenomenon affecting not only how animated digital characters are developed but also the audience's reaction during a film session. With the emergence of computer-generated images being used in films, this chapter aims at presenting a multidisciplinary approach concerning the uncanny valley topic. This phenomenon is mainly explained by several psychological theories based on human perception; however, this chapter contributes to the discussion presenting a communication perspective based on the uses and gratification theory connected to the genre theory proposed by Daniel Chandler. In addition, the authors discuss how the technological evolution in rendering is helping out artists to cross the valley, which ends up being unveiled only by motion. As a result of this technical evolution, it is proposed a new animation art style category defined as quasi-real.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultidisciplinary perspectives on pew media art
EditorsCelia Soares, Emília Simão
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781799836711
ISBN (Print)9781799836698
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2020


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