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Stanley and Stella in 'Breaking the Ice' (1987)

Stanley the bird falls in love with Stella the fish. But there is a thick sheet of ice keeping them apart. Can their love overcome such an obstacle?

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Stanley the bird falls in love with Stella the fish. But there is a thick sheet of ice keeping them apart. Can their love overcome such an obstacle?

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Amazing for 1987...
24 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you don't understand the context in which this short animated film was made, you'd probably quickly dismiss it. However, this would be a huge mistake as it's super-important to the history of computer generated animation.

Back in 1987, CGI was still relatively new. Pixar had only produced three shorts by that time and they tended to be extremely simple. And, such projects took years and were STILL created using massive mainframe computers--as PCs were not fast enough or complex enough to do this sort of work. And, most importantly, rendering software had to be created by anyone wanting to do such work. It was a very primitive time for the most primitive sort of CGI.

While this short does not have a comprehensible narrative like the Pixar films, I must say that it sure looks nicer than 1987's Pixar release, RED'S DREAM. In fact, there is little comparison as far as aesthetics go--STANLEY AND STELLA is breathtaking. You should see this to appreciate it. For 1987, it's amazing...


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