7 Films That Didn't Hurt A Single Animal
Animals have been suffering under the direction of filmmakers for years. Thankfully, some studios are finally starting to create cruelty-free films that still feature majestic creatures - who only look totally real. Here are some movies where most, if not all, of the animals are nothing but computer-generated imagery, or CGI.
Aside from a few unharmed doves, the film "Noah" uses entirely CGI animals to inhabit the infamous ark. Director Darren Aronofsky even tweaked the animals a tiny bit so they wouldn't completely resemble animals actually found in the wild.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
The creation of Caesar the ape, star of the "Planet of the Apes" reboot "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," came about through the use of motion capture technology and renowned performance actor Andy Serkis. The theme of the movie focuses on humanity's mistreatment of animals, primarily primates, so director Rupert Wyatt refused to use live animals on the set in accordance with the movie's narrative.
Before playing Caesar, Andy Serkis also portrayed another notable primate, but this one towers above all the rest. The 2005 "King Kong" reboot featured Serkis mimicking the behavior of gorillas in the wild. Though live animals appear briefly in the beginning of the film, they were zoo animals who were taped in their actual enclosures and not brought onto the set. Not as great as it could be, but it's a start.
"The Perfect Storm"
"The Perfect Storm" took place in the ocean, so obviously there were going to be fish. Director Wolfgang Peterson refused to allow one fish to die for filming purposes, so he utilized animatronics and rubber fish rather than real ones. Peterson is a member of PETA and has worked to keep animals safe as much as possible.
"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
PETA praised this little fishing film due to the filmmakers' decision to use fake fish instead of real ones. A little concerning, though, is actress Emily Blunt's admission that she accidentally hooked her costar's dog while practicing for the film. No harm was meant, and the dog is okay, but someone should probably keep a fishing rod away from her from now on.
"Jurassic Park," "Jurassic World"
Spoiler Alert: The dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" series aren't real dinosaurs. Just in case you weren't sure, we thought we'd clear that up. It turns out neither were the animals in the film that actually do still exist today. For instance, the shark that meets an untimely end in the new "Jurassic World" was entirely CGI. You may have also noticed the film drawing parallels to SeaWorld's poor treatment of animals, and that was definitely on purpose.
"Big Miracle" revolves around the real-life rescue of a family of gray whales trapped beneath ice off the shores of Alaska. To create the whales for the film, the special effects team used CGI and animatronic whales rather than real ones. They also spliced in actual archival footage of the real rescue of the whales. It's incredibly animal-friendly in all regards.