While not as noticeable as the movie that came before it, this long-awaited sequel had plenty of hiccups in its special effects. Building an entire computer world has been tried before, and “Tron: Legacy” got pretty close, but they couldn’t bring it home. The glowing lines on the suits, and that make up the world of Tron stand out a little too much.
The fact that, as you can see in this image, everything else is so gosh-darned dark makes it a movie that might give you a headache while you’re trying to watch it. At least the movie has some things going for it, like Olivia Wilde.
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.
Scooby from “Scooby-Doo”
The producers of “Scooby-Doo,” released in 2002, kind of had a “Sophie's choice” to make. Either they use a real Great Dane dog for Scoob and make everything ten times more difficult, or they use a CGI dog and make it look unrealistic. They went with the latter. And, let's be real, they did their best, but Scooby-Doo is meant for traditional animation.
Everything else can't stand up to the pressure. The producers tried to lean into the obvious faults a CGI dog will have by making him deliberately cartoony, but it still looks a little too fake, even with all the other ghosts and such flying around.
The Space Shots from “Mission to Mars”
Critics and viewers alike trampled this film, which came out in the year 2000, pointing out that visual beauty will only get you so far. It just barely broke even at the box office, and there were more issues going on than just the special effects. In fact, for most of the movie, the effects are a high point, since a team of over four hundred technicians helped create the shots.
Some of the scenes, like the one you see here, really don't seem to mesh with the rest of the movie. Worse, even when well done, the effects dominated, leaving little room for good acting.