The creators of the live-action “Garfield” movies from 2004 and 2006 knew that they had to let the famous orange cat be large and in charge during these films, so they made him bright and cartoony. It was okay.
There are a lot of other ways it could have worked out worse, such as using a real cat and animating the mouth, but it still tends to not fit into the surrounding action all that well. Everything else is real life, including the other animals. It was acceptable for its time, but it looks pretty bad nowadays.
Chucky from “Child's Play”
We're going to give this famous series of slasher movies a bit of a pass since the first movie came out in 1988 and there wasn't a whole lot of technology available to do what they wanted back then. In addition, the creepy killer doll is SUPPOSED to look unnatural and plastic, which means it could have looked a lot worse.
At the end of the day, however, age hasn't been very kind to the first entry in this series. It's certainly still creepy, but it's a little too easy to laugh at the way Chucky looks nowadays.
Mr. Hyde from “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”
Featuring such characters as Mina Harker, Dorian Gray, and Tom Sawyer, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” was a poor movie that came from a fine idea. Also in the film was Jason Flemyng as Dr. Henry Jekyll. He's able to transform into his brutal alter-ego, Edward Hyde, and this version of the classic literary character just doesn't look good at all.
It was one of the many things that critics picked on while bashing the film, though the film was a moderate box-office success. Still, it remains a film that can't seem to get its feet under it, and the poor special effects aren't much of a boon.
David Bowie from “Labyrinth”
While he absolutely steals the show in skintight leggings and a billowing blouse, some of the things that Goblin king Jareth pulls off don't really look so good anymore. The film has a little more staying power than most despite coming out in 1986 thanks to the puppets that the Jim Henson company was able to supply.
It's easy enough for audiences to see the puppets. Think “ah, puppets. Classic.” However, they still don't look natural – especially with David Bowie prancing around. Of all things, he doesn't really fit into the rest of the movie, despite his outrageous and unforgettable performance.
Everything from “The Last Airbender”
Director M. Night Shyamalan has a couple of famous flops under his belt by now, but few of them will ever reach the horrendous levels of “The Last Airbender,” which is based on the Nickelodeon cartoon. The story was condensed down to almost nothing, the directing and acting were lackluster at best, and the special effects, oh, the special effects.
Animating rock, fire, water, and air flying all over the place is no easy task, and this movie simply wasn't up to the challenge. The fact that the movie was filmed in 3D using 2D cameras made everything look a lot worse at the same time.