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I Bet You Didn't Know There Were This Many Ways to Fear a CGI Baby

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has a number of visual effects in it, since it’s a show with a number of strange and unreal settings, action, and fantastical creatures and devices. But the thing that will haunt you is the baby.


Oh, Sunny. This isn’t just a CGI baby for the sake of the safety of a real baby. This baby’s face is CGIed so she can talk. It’s got CGI arms and hands to deal poker. It’s got a CGIed relationship with a CGI snake. And the effect ranges from “oh, that’s not that badly done” to “AHHHHHHH!”

Take a look at Zoic’s many baby effects (and, yes, other things) in the studio’s effects reel:

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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Yeah. VFX artist here. Again.

Look, it’s not a CGI baby. It’s a real-ass baby, it was just filmed separately from the rest of the shot and brought into the picture later. It’s called digital compositing. When you combine visual elements from different sources to make the final image.

There was one shot in the entire reel where they used a CGI baby.