How good has CGI gotten? “Cruella” has a mix of real dogs and digital pups, and at times you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart. It’s so seamless, even director Craig Gillespie isn’t exactly sure.
“We had all the dogs on set all the time, and I would always try to shoot real dogs first, and sometimes it would work and we’d be done, but more often than not, within every scene, half of it is real dogs and half of it is CG. And they’re so good with the CG, I can’t even tell the difference anymore,” Gillespie said in an interview with TheWrap.
The visual effects on “Cruella” were done by MPC, the same VFX house used on Jon Favreau’s remake of “The Lion King.” And in one scene, Gillespie described a young Cruella sitting in a car with a puppy on her lap, and he still can’t tell the difference when he watches the film today.