Have you ever been disturbed by a style of animation?
I remember thinking there was something a bit unsettling about the characters in the Polar Express. At the time I didn’t know it was such a universal phenomena and even had a name. Apparently, Tom Hanks was the conductor of the creepy train headed straight into the pit of the Uncanny Valley. [the place this omen baby lives] A hellish slope dotted with humanoid robots, all the way down to the creepiest of zombies.
“Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori stated in 1970 that the more human a robot acted or looked, the more endearing it would be to a human being. For example, most lovable Robot Buddies look humanoid, but keep quirky and artistically mechanical affectations. However, at some point, the likeness would seem too strong, and it would just come across as a very strange human being. At this point, the acceptance drops suddenly, changing to a powerful negative reaction.” Television Tropes and Idioms
What is the uncanny valley?
“The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The “valley” refers to the dip in a graph of the comfort level of humans as a function of a robot’s human likeness.” Wikipedia
Film and game makers & the uncanny valley