The Life Aquatic has received double-DVD treatment (as it well deserves), and it has something very wonderful included as a bonus feature that goes a long way to further the model cause.
It’s a 15 min documentary (way too short, but truly fascinating) that discusses the creatures used in the film, and Wes Anderson’s vehemence against rendering any of them in CGI.
He makes a pretty good case for his choice of using models (which look amazing in the finished film, to be honest), and also makes it clear that though models both cost much more and consume so much more time, they’re really the only way to go.
There’s also some interesting trivia about building / filming models that applies to the practice in general rather than just to the film…such as why the massive Jaguar Shark model was filmed upside-down (see, the foam on the creature had to sag upward, so that it looked like it was swimming…if it sagged downward it would have looked like it was flying. Hm!)
The Dwarf connection is tenuous at best, I know, but since model / CGI is a recurring theme here I thought I’d point people in the direction of a successful, big-budget film that purposefully eschewed the computer fad in favor of the older standard.