History of 3D Animation

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  • The Boeing Man

    The Boeing Man
    This wireframe drawing was used in pilot modelling to test a pilot's ability to reach the aircraft's instruments. Drawn by William Allan Fetter, this was acted as a 3D representation of a human. William also worked for Boeing using computers to animate and design models.
  • 3D Modelling

    3D Modelling
    3D human face modelling created by Frederic Parke.
  • Futureworld

    First major film to use CGI (computer generated images) that featured 3D human hands and faces. Created by Edwin Catmull and Frederic Parke.
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope

    Star Wars IV: A New Hope
    In Star Wars, George Lucas used 3D graphics in order to enhance the film. The success of this use of 3D graphics increased the popularity of 3D graphics in cinemas.
  • Tron

    Tron started development in 1976 and was finally released in 1982. This movie contained extensive computer animation.
  • Sexy Robot

    Sexy Robot
    This was one of the first CG television advertisements which featured a robot-like character made of shiny metal that behaved and moved like a human. This commercial sparked world-wide recognition for 3D animation and its use in advertisement.
  • Terminator 2

    Terminator 2
    Revolutionary special effects with ground-breaking computer graphics and visual images.
  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park
    This movie featured incredibly realistic dinosaurs that inspired George Lucas to do further work on Star Wars.
  • Toy Story

    Toy Story
    First feature full length 3D animated movie in 1995.
  • Super Mario 64

    Super Mario 64
    Nintendo revolutionizes 3D animation in video games by creating the first succesful 3D platformer that featured a dynamic camera. This camera is used today even in games like Monster Hunter and Assassin's Creed.
  • Titanic

    In 1997, Titanic was released. This plays a part in 3D animation history as it features hundreds of realistic people created digitally.
  • Star Wars I: The Phantom of the Menace

    Star Wars I: The Phantom of the Menace
    Large number of shots 3D graphically enhanced. Was able to show realistic aliens and fantasy/ sci-fi backgrounds and scenery.
  • Skyrim

    Skyrim is an example of how far we have come in 3D graphics and animation. The graphics, quality, detail adn textures used in Skyrim are mindblowing. When comparing the graphics in this as opposed to Super Mario 64 or other 3D games, we can really see how far we have come in such a short time.