Though Tron’s generally cited as the first example of CGI in a film, it has several precedents, pulled off without fanfare in the films of special effects visionaries.
For example, the earliest example of computer generated effects happens in a surprisingly low key film: 1971’s The Andromeda Strain has a 2D rotating structure accomplished by CGI in an underground lab.
Additionally, 1976’s Futureworld features the computer generated hand and face of none other than the co-founder of Pixar Studios (it’s unbelievable how long those guys have been in the game: talk about earning your success). Star Wars also featured 3D animation in the wireframe Death Star model. And I specifically remember my awe when the CGI knight sprang out of stain-glass in the Young Sherlock Holmes.
Click the link below for a fascinating overview of early computer animation. Not surprisingly, almost every one of them occurs in a science fiction or fantasy movie.
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