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The Adventures Of André And Wally B

Year: 1984
Significance: Pixar’s first-ever animation

This gleeful one-minute short about a giant-honked android and his buzzing nemesis was technically a Lucasfilm, but, for all intents and purposes, it was Pixar’s first animation. With it John Lasseter pushed yet more CG boundary. Working under the auspices of George Lucas’ Computer Graphics Project, his team pioneered animation’s first use of motion blur, a significant breakthrough, while taking a big step towards Pixar’s modern-day fluidity by abandoning geometric form for a much curvier palatte of shapes. “I was playing with the teardrop shape,” Lasseter remembers, “ and I just started envisioning this fat bumblebee with these gigantic water balloon-like feet hanging from him and big stainless-steel stinger.” Lasseter and his Pixar-ites would soon break away from Lucasfilm, but this was a vital piece in the Pixar puzzle that informed the goal it would come to hold dear: the perfect marriage of art and technology.

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1 RE: RE:
Well clearly Star Trek II was beaten to it by several movies there. Flight of the Navigator should be included really though. More

Posted by rich on Thursday December 23, 2010, 22:01

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I think you missed out Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - I've always been led to believe that the Genesis Device simulation was the first CGI sequence in cinema. More

Posted by Mandragora on Thursday December 23, 2010, 20:46

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Classic film The Last Starfighter:) Surely it must be included as it had a floating camera during which showed the 3d space and super imposed cock pit space battles. Long before the star wars trilogy 1997 special eds. Also dont forget Flight of the Navigator (also 1985 i think) which had morphing and reflection effects on the ship. More

Posted by jimbosolo on Wednesday December 22, 2010, 14:49

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