2017 was full of cuddly critters and sexy beasts - from the littlest baby tree to the evil clown king of Tumblr. That's why we have siphoned out the top 10 creatures who stole our hearts this year.
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If nothing else, 2017 has been a truly great year for science fiction and fantasy films. While many have been major motion pictures that no one could have avoided hearing about, there were also several standout movies that may have fallen through the cracks. We're here to fix that. Here are the fantastic films you may have missed this year, most of which are now currently streaming or available on Blu-ray.
Video: To make the bond between Mija (An Seo Hyun) and the giant super pig she befriends in the forest as believable as possible, the VFX team behind Netflix's Okja came up with several different ways for the young actress to interact with a physical representation of the CG beast on set, including this hilariously bad foam-wrapped costume they affectionately called the stuffie.
Bong Joon Ho's Okja is named for the magical superpig that everyone desires in some way: The Mirando Corporation wants sell her as its new meat product. The Animal Liberation Front wants to use her to expose Mirando. And Mija (An Seo Hyun) just wants the companion she raised for 10 years back again. So if the completely CG creature didn't work on-screen, the movie would have fallen apart.
If you've seen one of Bong Joon Ho's movies before -- The Host or Snowpiercer, for example -- then it shouldn't be surprising at all to you that Okja is a mix of dead seriousness and bursts of farcical humour. It's also a movie with a very complicated message, anchored by a tale about a beautiful girl and her monster. And once you see it, you won't be able to forget it.
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Video: We're eagerly awaiting Okja, the next film from visionary director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer). While the plot -- a girl named Mija fights to keep a giant company from taking her monster friend -- sounds fairly straightforward, this bizarre faux ad for the Mirando Corporation shows it's anything but.
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Video: We've already had a few glimpses of Okja, Bong Joon-Ho's first movie since Snowpiercer, about a little Korean girl named Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun), who befriends a monstrous creature that's being hunted by an evil corporation. But this is the first trailer, which includes Tilda Swinton as a creepy scientist. What could possibly go wrong?