Learn how Jeff the robot came to life in this new 'Finch' promo video

Apple Tv Finch Key Art
Apple Tv Finch Key Art (Image credit: Apple TV+)

What you need to know

  • A new Apple TV+ video shows how the team behind Finch created Jeff.
  • The video shows how Jeff was more than just CGI, with an actor and a real model involved in filming.

In terms of Apple TV+ favorites, Tom Hanks' movie Finch has to be at the top of the pile. The movie tells the story of Hanks' titular character as he tries to build a robot that will look after his dog when he's gone. And while you might expect that robot to have been a fully CGI-created effect, that was very much not the case. Apple shares the details in a new promo video published to YouTube today.

In the video, we get to hear from Hanks as well as the people tasked with bringing Jeff to life. That included actor Caleb Landry Jones and real physical models to help tell the story alongside some top-notch CGI work. And the results speak for themselves.

Check out the video — don't worry, there are no spoilers here.

See how Caleb Landry Jones and a team of engineers, animators, and puppeteers were able to bring a powerfully human performance to artificial intelligence in Finch.

Those who have yet to see Finch can fix that right now — it's available to stream on Apple TV+ and is a must-watch. Priced at just $4.99 per month, Apple TV+ is among the best value in streaming today. It's also included in the Apple One subscription bundle, too.

If you want to enjoy Finch in style, be sure to check out our list of the best Apple TV deals on the market today. And this being Black Friday week, expect an Apple TV to be involved somewhere along the way!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.