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A rat tilts its head as if catching a scent in the air. Photo by Tippett Studio






How do you drop an animated rat into a real vat of milk? Very carefully, says Assistant Professor Raquel Coelho, whose animation skills brought Templeton the rat to life in "Charlotte's Web." "Wet fur is difficult," she says. "This was a very challenging scene. It required a lot of people with different skills -- technicians, programmers, artists."




A vat of white milk, bubbles bursting on the surface.Photo by Tippett Studio

Here's how it's done.

A live-action capture of real milk.

An animated version of a vat of white milk, surface bubbles exaggerated in size.Photo by Tippett Studio

An animated fluid creation placed atop the image of the milk.

A black and white simulation of an animated rat, minus fur, dropped into milk.Photo by Tippett Studio

An animated rat as he would appear
when dropped in the milk, minus the fur.

An animated rat, with soaked fur, dropped into a vat of milk.Photo by Tippett Studio

The end result: Templeton falls into
the milk.



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