In a column published by Variety recently, David Cohen contends that the economy is to blame for the relevant sparseness of VFX-driven cinema good enough to fight for Oscars at the end of the year. Films like Iron Man 2 and Alice in Wonderland are the exception, he argues, in a summer full of underwhelming VFX in the shape of The A Team, Robin Hood and Prince of Persia.

He makes a fair point. Cast your mind back a year, and the CGI feasts were evident in the likes of Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation and Transformers 2, even if the latter two didn't impress in other areas. The year before, we had Iron Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Incredible Hulk.

Animation remains unchanged, with studios like Pixar and Dreamworks large and profitable enough to withstand the effects of the economy. But some smaller VFX houses have been shutting up shop, while the larger studios are pruning staff to cut costs.
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