Animation has come a long way in the last decade or so. The computers are getting faster and more powerful and the animators and technicians are getting smarter. Plus, there are more colleges and universities training the best and the brightest to enter this field. And for good reason too. In 2008 most of the animation movie companies made substantial profits, and they just can not get enough qualified help.
Of course there is much more to the story than that; as Virtual Reality environments have also come an awful long way. Some projects have been funded for the military for training, simulators for pilots and PTSD for returning soldiers. Other sectors have also chipped into the research, such as education, transportation, and video games. Some of the more futuristic video games and soldier training virtual reality simulators are so real that people involved, run from the room to get away!
Yes, they are fully aware that it is a simulator, augmented reality or virtual reality environment at the time, still, the realness triggers fight and flight responses that fool the senses into reacting as if they are real. So, the next question will be or already is; Now What? What do we do now that we have produced VR environments and animation that is so real to life that its able to trick the mind, brain and body?
What do we do when the animation is so real that we have people running away, literally to escape? Do we chuck this current world and enter a whole new realm? It's a whole new world, if we dare to take it; Dare we?