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I know, I'm reviewing a portion of a TV series, but it's important. The US was not the only place working on computer animation. In fact, the UK has a claim on being the country whose arts community took to computer works first, with exhibitions like Cybernetic Serendipity that helped illuminate the field.
Tomorrow's World was a long-running (nearly 40 years!) series that talked about developments in tech and science. This episode focuses on the use of computers in Animation, specifically talking about the Atlas computer that was used for many early British animations, like The Flexipede. The animation explanation they show at the beginning of the clip is excellent as a starting point, and how they explain that this could all be done by computer is phenomenal. The biggest part of this is actually the plane sequence. There have been models of planes and cars and other devices since the 1960s. In fact, the DAC-1 system was used to design automobiles starting in the very early 1960s, but this is easily the best and most complete animation of such a model I've ever seen from the early 1970s. The movement, in particular, is smooth and phenomenal.
Watching this, you get an idea for the use of computers in entertainment, instead of in science. Even the animations that were made for Festival enjoyment in the US were first and foremost demonstrations of the technology.
Klaus at Gunpoint
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