Science From pixels to pixies: How 'Maleficent' animators brought their characters to life (+video)

'Maleficent,' a mix of live-action and computer-generated imagery, presented unique challenges to the film's visual effects team.

By , Inside Science News Service

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Thanks to visual effects artists, Angelina Jolie's statuesque portrayal of the malevolent and magnificent "Maleficent," which opened in theaters last Friday, commands moviegoers' attention but it is the whimsical and lifelike details used to create Princess Aurora's trio of good fairies that captures the audience's imagination.