It can't be that expensive to do CGI these days if people can put together CGI effect heavy indie shorts with pretty realistic effects for just a few thousand dollars and a home PC. And bad animatronics and puppets can be just as phony looking as bad CGI, and can be a nightmare to deal with on the set. Yes, because that's the most practical way to achieve that effect in that instance. A quadrupedal canine is harder for a human in a suit to simulate than a bipedal therapod dinosaur. I'm sure the Henson Studios could've pulled it off animatronically given the chance, but it might've been more limiting than CGI.[/QUOTE] Pretty much any animatronics are going to be a lot more limiting than CGI.