Watch These Realistic 3D Animated Movies for a Comfy Evening After Work

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We can all agree our work life generally gives us stress. Some might find a workday packed with meetings enervating, and others could be stressing out over multiple projects with tight deadlines. Now couple these stressors with the crisis the world is facing, and you’ve got an emotionally distressing situation like never before. 

This is why it’s crucial to find your anchor. To find your anchor means to find something you can rely on or look forward to at the end of the day when stress becomes unbearable. To many, their anchor is their spouse or their family, people they go home to after work. Others might consider their hobbies a good anchor, something they genuinely enjoy doing. And to some, an anchor is a cozy blanket, a warm chocolate drink, and a feel-good movie after a long day.

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5 Movies with Realistic 3D Animation You Can Watch for a Cozy Evening  

1. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010)

Legend of the Guardians is a film about power, betrayal, and owls. It tells the tale of owls kidnapped and forced to serve a group called the “Pure Ones” who plan to take over all the owl kingdoms. Many people regard this movie as one of the best-animated films because of all the visual elements at play — from the way the characters move to the impeccable lighting and realistic character design. 

Why watch it? If you want to immerse yourself in a completely different world and enjoy stories involving clear antagonists and protagonists, then this one’s for you.

2. The Polar Express (2004)

Christmas is just around the corner, which means this movie should be on your radar for a feel-good holiday watch. It follows the story of a young boy who begins to doubt the existence of Santa Claus. He gets on a train called The Polar Express, en route to the North Pole. It’s a nostalgic film with lifelike animation. How was it able to do this back in 2004? Well, the movie used an animation technique called motion capture, which merges the movement of real people with 3D characters.

Why watch it? If you’re looking for something to boost your holiday spirits, then this movie’s excellent for you. It has enough excitement to sustain your attention and enough cozy atmosphere to help you relax.

3. The BFG (2016)

In a world where scary, human-hungry giants exist, one friendly giant decides to save a young girl named Sophie in London from getting caught and eaten by his not-so-friendly peers. What ensues is an adventure that not only affects Sophie but also the whole of England. Based on Roald Dahl’s book with the same name, the movie mixes live-action and computer-generated elements in both London and the fictitious world of Giant Country. Expect magic, action, and even the Queen of the United Kingdom intervening.

Why watch it? If you’re into a light children’s story that merges the real and the imaginary, The BFG is something you might enjoy!

4. Life of Pi (2012)

Life of Pi is a charming and enigmatic film that also brings together real people and 3D characters. Most of the story follows the aftermath of a shipwreck, where Pi or Piscine Molitor Patel is joined by a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker on a lifeboat. One of the most notable things about this movie is its visual effects, which always either keeps you on edge or leaves you in awe. The scene with bioluminescent underwater creatures might make you cry.

Why watch it? Watch Life of Pi if you’re in the mood for a slow, visually stunning movie. It complements a quiet night dedicated to unwinding. 

5. Avatar (2009)

In Avatar, the earth has become uninhabitable in the 22nd century because of a lack of resources. This situation prompted a government body from the West to seek a new planet to colonize and steal from. They stumble upon Pandora, a moon inhabited by a species called Na’vi. Aside from the movie’s relevant themes, Avatar is worth watching for its incredible attention to detail and graphics. It’s been hailed by many as an innovative film, thanks to the techniques James Cameron and the producers used in order to make the art and its animation come to life.

Why watch it? Avatar has serious themes that some people might not enjoy before bed, but it’s a good film for those who like stories that reflect real-life issues set in breathtaking, fictional worlds.

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Bonus Realistic 3D Movies! For Those Who Enjoy Watching Monsters and a Bit of Gore

Not everyone likes seeing bloodshed and horrific monsters before they doze off — but some people do. So if feel-good films are not what you’re looking for during a cozy evening, we have some suggestions for you.

Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017)

The Resident Evil franchise is rife with horror, gore, and action. And this one is no exception. Motivated by his anger toward the CIA — who instigated a drone strike during his wedding, effectively killing his friends, family, and wife — Glenn Arias releases a virus strain that turns people into cannibalistic creatures. Resident Evil’s animation straddles between lifelike and game-like, which fans of the video game series already expect. But the graphics are so great that from a distance, you might think it’s a live-action movie. That is, until the monsters show up on your screen.

Why watch it? Watch it if you’ve been following Resident Evil, but this movie can also be enjoyable for people new to its world.

Gantz: O (2016)

Gantz: O takes place in Japan, where deadly creatures run amok, killing people, particularly in Osaka. A 17-year-old boy named Kato tries to save an old man in the subway from being killed by a stranger with a knife, getting himself killed in the process. He is then transported to a room with other people who have already died and was then sent out on a mission with the others to kill the monsters roaming in Osaka. Gantz: O has a surprisingly realistic environment that does justice to the beauty of Japan. Plus, the setting goes perfectly well with the character animation and design. And with all the crazy, realistic monsters, you can bet things get progressively disturbing throughout the film.

Why watch it? It’s a fun, action-packed movie with some of the most disturbing realistic 3D monsters. Definitely check it out if you’re into anime, monsters, epic battles, and a plot twist.

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How Does 3D Animation Outsourcing Help Aspiring Filmmakers?

Most of the movies on this list primarily rely on computer-generated graphics to form the world in which the story takes place. Other movies bring in human actors, interacting with computer-generated graphics. But whatever style the movie has, one thing that remains consistent is the realistic 3D animation of the characters.

Filmmakers and studios who are new to the industry often specialize in specific skill sets. Some of them are great at directing or scriptwriting, but some might also not have the tools they need to execute their ideas. It is through 3D animation outsourcing that aspiring filmmakers make their ideas happen. By partnering with an experienced team of animation artists, they’re able to have flawless animation without unnecessarily pouring money down the drain.

Additionally, many of the films here used motion capture, an animation technique that makes characters move as lifelike as possible. However, raw motion capture data is generally unusable. And what 3D animation outsourcing can also provide you is the service of cleaning this type of data.

If you’re looking for a company that can animate your work flawlessly or clean your motion capture data, you can get in touch with our talented team of animation artists!

NarraSoft offers 3D animation outsourcing services, including motion capture cleanup. So if you want to save time, acquire high-quality output, and reduce costs, then go ahead and contact us today.

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Justine Jordan

Justine Jordan is a content and copy writer. She has written for a popular business daily in the Philippines and for various startups across the globe before transitioning to work for NarraSoft. She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a bachelor's degree in journalism.