Not really sure how I came about this information but I thought it was interesting to read. It is a time line of computer animation bench marks in film and television.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_computer_animation_in_film_and_television

I’m not going to write it all out but the link is there if you want to see whats on the list but I am going to pick out a few early interesting ones.

  • Star Wars 1977 – used an animated 3D wire-frame graphic for the trench run briefing sequence.
  • Superman: The movie 1978- first film with a CGI title sequence
  • Looker 1981 – First CGI human character, Cindy. Also first use of 3Dshaded CGI
  • The Works 1982 – The New York Institute of Technology Computer Graphics Lab premiered a trailer at SIGGRAPH for their CGI project. This would have been the first feature-length CGI film, but it was never completed.
  • The adventures of Andre and Wally B 1984- Lucasfilm’s computer animation division creates an all-CGI-animated short. The first CGI animation with motion blur effects and squash and stretch motion.


This one always makes me smile.

  • Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 – Lucasfilm creates the first photorealistic CGI character, ‘stained glass knight’ with 10 seconds of screentime
  • Labyrinth 1986- first realistic CGI animal
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