My kids adored the book when they were young. Grownups can marvel about the superb visual effects ( and plenty of philosophical angles) in Ang Lee’s movie.
The New York Times describes the painstaking process of creating a digital tiger (4 actual ones were used for many of the scenes)
“These images take a progressive look through the meticulous process that went into constructing the digital tiger. Artists developed each layer of the animal’s physical makeup almost as if they were working on a biology experiment.
They started with the skeleton, which they used to control basic movements (segments with common colors, top right, move together), then added muscle, skin and fur. More than a dozen artists were assigned to the fur alone, focusing, for example, on how light shimmered on it. “
In many sequences I felt like I was on planet Pandora from the movie Avatar – spectacular fauna and flora as in an island with an army of meerkats and one with flying fish in the clip below.
BTW – one of my favorite scenes is when young Pi scribbles a few hundred digits of Pi, as in 22/7. If the scene had gone on the blackboard would have looked like this