I just watched the cute Disney G-Force film, with sfx by Sony Imageworks. Amazing stuff. I would have to say the ultimate in many areas.
Shading and hair shading: perfect.
Complexity and number of parts: off the scale
CGI: perfectly seamlesst.
Wet hair: Amazing.
Texturing and Attention to detail: unbelievable.
Storyline: Cuteness Maximus.
Character development: Classic.
Real camera rigs: Inventive and full use of lenses. Number of cameras broken: 1.
Depth: 3D and 2D (he explains in the audio commentary that he had to actually produce 2 movies, on dimenstionalized and the other flattened).
Pullouts for me: 1.
Physics: nothing compared to 2012, but great nonetheless.Hair, fireworks, shattering, fluids, cloth, grass, volumetrics, etc.
Timeline: 2 years.
Homage: lots, including like MI, Transformers, Energizer Bunny, Lost…
SFX houses: Sony Imageworks, Asylum,…
The audio commentary track (on DVD) with director Hoyt Yeatman is invaluable guide to directors and sfx artists, as he explains every shot, how the background plate was filmed, what part is CG, and points out the CG effects and the challenges involved in each one.