"This conversation could get very science-fictional," Tippett says. Take the CG rat, Templeton, which Tippett Studios animated based on Steve Buscemi's vocalization for "Charlotte's Web." "A huge part of that performance was a bunch of animators astutely observing rat behavior. Twenty years from now -- or 20 minutes -- we'll have the technology to motion capture a real rat. Then we'll be able to dial in Steve Buscemi's motion capture and blend a real rat and a real human. Whose performance is that? Just knowing how political Hollywood is, even if everybody thought Templeton was the greatest character of all time, who's going to give a rat an Academy Award?"