This CGI Elephant Shows How Unnecessary It Is to Exploit Real Animals in Films

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Meet Bertie the elephant. She is the star of University of Hertfordshire students Zak Boxall and Chris Turner’s final-year project, and she was made using computer-generated imagery (CGI).

The students say that they aimed to capture “the beauty and innocence of a living elephant” without using a real elephant. And they have done just that.

We’re sending them PETA’s Innovation in Film Award for helping to prove that the use of abused captive animals on screen is obsolete.

The future of film lies in technology like CGI and not in beating animals into performing. Animals exploited for film and TV can experience extreme stress and weakened immune systems from travel and handling, are denied everything that is natural and important to them, and frequently end up in filthy roadside zoos or other cruel, captive environments once their 15 minutes of “fame” are up.

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There is nothing glamorous about showbiz for elephants and other animals who are used in TV, movies or advertising. PETA is calling on directors and producers throughout the entertainment industry to follow in these students’ footsteps. If you see a film that exploits animals, please contact the producers and tell them why you object.

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  • Sarah e commented on June 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Wow, amazing!

  • v windust commented on July 1, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    That does the job perfectly, you are right, no need for a real elephant.

  • Muriel Servaege commented on July 1, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I really feel sorry for those elephants. The little one in the film and the bigger ones in the picture.

  • Suzanne House commented on July 2, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Horses should only run if they want to. To feel free and uninhibited, not for money for the wealthy.

  • Conchita commented on July 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    It’s beautiful and looks so real. A job really well done!

  • Andrea scurlock commented on July 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    In this day and age of enlightenment of animals feelings and psyche there is no need to exploit and degrade them!

  • Janet commented on July 3, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Thank you not only for the sweet short film but for showing us all how it can be and how there’s no need to exploit such creatures in this day and age.

  • J.Mitchell commented on July 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    They have successfully managed to replicate a beautiful little baby elephant – without the cruelty of capturing and using a real one ++ Just brilliant ++ Love it, love it.

  • Teresa Hewett-Hicks commented on July 6, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Some of us in the human category of the animal world who have evolved, realise that the exploitation of our fellow creatures IS WRONG !
    This wonderful CGI is evidence that there is no need to USE and EXPLOIT live animals for the entertainment of SELFISH, IGNORANT Humans.
    Thank you to the students for proving this with their beautiful computer generated film.

  • Donna Price commented on July 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Bravo! great work to let your creativity go to the height of amazing!!!

  • joan silaco commented on August 1, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    this is so deserving of an award! it was a feel good message! i’m sharing it with everyone!

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