The 2 great failures of this film were to convey the wise-cracking attitude of Howard. In the comics he pretty much roasts humans continuously. That is a job for someone like comedian George Carlin. Second you can't convince anyone that isn't a person in a suit. The proportions are all off compard to the way he is drawn. You can put a person in a costume for the THING but you really need CGI to make Howard appear as a realistic creature.