Dawn, the forest. André is waking up. Soon, Wally is taunting him. André points the other way and, with Wally temporarily distracted, runs off. Wally quickly catches on and chases André... Written by
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This was made in the days before Pixar existed in its own right when John Lasseter and his crew were working for Lucasfilm. Despite their successes there, the animation department was in line to be axed, so they put together a business plan. It was sufficiently well thought through to attract Steve Jobs of Apple who bought Pixar for $5 million cash and $5 million in bankroll funding. See more »
[This goof only happened in its original SIGGRAPH release] Throughout most of the film, the characters were incomplete and made of pencil test line drawings over the completed backgrounds. This was corrected when re-released. See more »
This is an extraordinary and historic film, however viewers should not assess this film by the standards of current animation, but rather in its (truly ground-breaking) historical context.
This film is the CG animation equivalent of the first flight of the Wright Brothers (which lasted only 12 seconds). Much like that famous first flight in 1903, this 1984 film paved the way for all that has followed.
It is not the first CG animation ever made, but it is the first to feature a plot, characterization and expression, motion blur, and deformations (eg stretching, squashing). When it was demonstrated at the 1984 SIGGRAPH there was a crowd response bordering on hysteria, as nothing even close to this had ever been done before.
So watch this film with appropriate awe and reverence, for it is the birthing of an entire new art form which we completely take for granted now.
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