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The Best Motion Capture Performance Ever

Plus, Dave and Neil try to explain to Joanna what ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ is about

“Avatar: The Way Of Water” World Premiere – Arrivals Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage

This week, Dave and Neil start the pod by trying to explain to Joanna what Avatar: The Way of Water is about (4:10). Then, they discuss the history of motion capture in film (29:20) and the king of motion capture, Andy Serkis (49:57). Later, they reveal their picks for the best motion capture performance ever (59:07) before reading some listener submissions and choosing one to be added to the final poll (1:10:53).

Now it’s up to you to decide! What is the best motion capture performance ever? You can vote for the winner at, on The Ringer’s Twitter feed, and in the Spotify app, where you’ll find Trial By Content. The winner will be announced next week!

You can send your picks for next week’s topic and a few sentences to support your pick to You can also submit suggestions for future Trial By Content topics. Is there a great pop-culture debate that you’d like us to settle? Send it on over!

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Associate Producer: Carlos Chiriboga
Additional Production Supervision: Arjuna Ramgopal
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