snothouse - 2013-03-25 Now they would unnecessarily use CGI.
SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-03-25 CGI would at least give you more variety. I'm impressed with the craftsmanship, but the decision to make every transformation be:
NOW IT MOVES BACK TO WHERE IT WAS!
CUT SO WE CAN PUT IN A DIFFERENT BOX!
BOX MOVES AGAIN!
NOW IT MOVES BACK AGAIN IN REVERSE! AGAIN!
Practical effects can be just as distracting. In both cases, a little imagination and creativity is needed. For example, the facehugger scuttling towards Ripley and Newt in Aliens is still amazingly realistic, and it's basically rubber over a weighted axle connected to the legs with the whole mess held up by wires.
boner - 2013-03-26 I just saw Aliens on the big screen, and everything still looks fantastic. With I think the exception of some optical effects (blue screen?) but that movie hardly had any of those. Looks like 99% in camera.
BHWW - 2013-03-26 "Alright, a wee bit of black magic was used to construct this, but only a wee bit, as I said."