Today, I began thinking about CGI and the fact that movie-long animations can be made and look really good. That's fine and all, and they're quite successful as can be seen with movies like Finding Nemo and such. However, will action movies or dramas eventually become fully CGI? Obviously this is unlikely, especially today, but is the idea even viable in the future? A large part of dramas is human emotion and acting. A lot of stuff can be done with computer graphics, including special effects, but when humans are replaced it doesn't have the same impact. And action movies rely largely on computer generated effects nowadays, but I don't think replacing the main characters with graphics will ever take off. Even 50 or 100 years from now, if animation improves at the rate is currently is. The great part about such special effects is that they make real people seem to be in a real world with real explosions and the like. Comedies do very well in CGI, especially for children - it's a lot like cartoons, in a way. Looking at it that way, have any of you seen any dramatic cartoons? What if Terminator 2 was a cartoon? I'd say it's the same type of thing. You can make it very realistic and dead serious, and it'll still won't be taken seriously. Mind you, anime is huge in Asia and is growing here. A lot of anime is serious, and yet it is essentially similar to CGI or cartoon because it is animated and voiced over. Still, it may be a cultural thing. North America and Europe will probably never watch dramatic CGI movies, and if they did, they probably wouldn't work as well as human-acted films. I don't think human actors will eventually become simple voice actors. Although animation can be 99.99% life-like, I don't think it can ever replace a good human actor. Any thoughts?