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Early Computer Animated Movies

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I’m knee deep in reading The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company, listening to Pink Floyd, and enjoying a perfect Homer, Alaska evening with Amy.  I was an undergraduate at MIT during the Lucasfilm days of what became Pixar and vaguely remember early Media Lab / Project Athena animation stuff and watching super cool computer graphics wizardry post-SIGGRAPHs at the Computer Museum in Boston.  Fortunately, YouTube has all the old classic computer animations online, including The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.

Awesome! (the animations and the book).  While sneak peaks of this one and other old Pixar shorts are available on the Pixar website, due to the magic of the Internet they are all available on YouTube.

  • josh

    the “minds eye” was the first somputer animated movie i saw.

  • Bruce

    Man, I miss the old siggraph days where every year you'd be blown away by the advances in animation and even just some water sloshing around a glass would garner great applause and excitement.

    The really cool bit about the early pixar stuff is how well they've withstood the test of time (you know, all of a decade). Even then the concentration was really on really good stories with the animation in a supporting role. Pixar's a storytelling company that happens to do some good animation work.

  • http://barfieldmanagement.com Chase Barfield

    Computer animatied movies have made great advances since inception. I hope they do not eventually migrate to becoming crap the way cartoons did. When I was a kid, most cartoons were good and had interesting stories. Now you have annoying characters and no poor story lines like Sponge Bob. We can all be hopeful that the animation will continue to improve and, like Bruce eluded to, Pixar will continue to tell good stories.

  • http://vruz.tumblr.com vruz

    re: pink floyd

    I found these the other day on youtube:

    Gilmour and Wright performing 'Echoes'
    http://vruz.tumblr.com/post/40655808/echoes-final

    hidden track, rehearsal of the same song, acoustic version:
    http://vruz.tumblr.com/post/40645906/echoes-dvd-h

    gotta buy that dvd !

  • http://vruz.tumblr.com vruz

    and oh by the way, the short film “Presto” (they're running it before Wall-E in theatres)

    http://vruz.tumblr.com/post/41132294/presto-and-h

  • chip
  • CarlHeinzl

    If you want to get into really OLD computer generated stuff, I believe I may just have a copy of “Quest: A Long Ray's Journey Into Light” that was done in the mid 80's at Apollo Computer, where I was working at the time.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      I’d love to see that!

  • vruz

    and oh by the way, the short film "Presto" (they're running it before Wall-E in theatres)

    http://vruz.tumblr.com/post/41132294/presto-and-h

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I’d love to see that!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bruce2096 bruce2096

    Man, I miss the old siggraph days where every year you'd be blown away by the advances in animation and even just some water sloshing around a glass would garner great applause and excitement.

    The really cool bit about the early pixar stuff is how well they've withstood the test of time (you know, all of a decade). Even then the concentration was really on really good stories with the animation in a supporting role. Pixar's a storytelling company that happens to do some good animation work.

  • josh

    the "minds eye" was the first somputer animated movie i saw.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/chase_barf55451 chase_barf55451

    Computer animatied movies have made great advances since inception. I hope they do not eventually migrate to becoming crap the way cartoons did. When I was a kid, most cartoons were good and had interesting stories. Now you have annoying characters and no poor story lines like Sponge Bob. We can all be hopeful that the animation will continue to improve and, like Bruce eluded to, Pixar will continue to tell good stories.

  • chip
  • vruz

    re: pink floyd

    I found these the other day on youtube:

    Gilmour and Wright performing 'Echoes'
    http://vruz.tumblr.com/post/40655808/echoes-final

    hidden track, rehearsal of the same song, acoustic version:
    http://vruz.tumblr.com/post/40645906/echoes-dvd-h

    gotta buy that dvd !

  • CarlHeinzl

    If you want to get into really OLD computer generated stuff, I believe I may just have a copy of "Quest: A Long Ray's Journey Into Light" that was done in the mid 80's at Apollo Computer, where I was working at the time.

  • http://fmtvindia.blogspot.com TV software

    I don't watch much animated movies but my kids does.

    Pixar is doing the great job. They make superb animation.

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