Saturday, August 29, 2009


Originally done for as a "5th-grader-friendly" lecture, YouTube's bengraphics created this collection of clips demonstrating the evolution of special effects in films. Here's a list of the films included:

1900 - The Enchanted Drawing
1903 - The Great Train Robbery
1923 - The Ten Commandments (Silent)
1927 - Sunrise
1933 - King Kong
1939 - The Wizard of Oz
1940 - The Thief of Bagdad
1954 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1956 - Forbidden Planet
1963 - Jason and the Argonauts
1964 - Mary Poppins
1977 - Star Wars
1982 - Tron
1985 - Back to the Future
1988 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1989 - The Abyss
1991 - Terminator 2: Judgement Day
1992 - The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
1993 - Jurassic Park
2004 - Spider-Man 2
2005 - King Kong
2006 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
2007 - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
2007 - The Golden Compass
2008 - The Spiderwick Chronicles
2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Tim said...

Who would you list in the top special effects in movies? I agree with some and was marveling a little at T2 when I caught it on TV last night. Just curious who you would list in the top movies that pushed the limits for the time period on special effects.

K and S said...

Even though I hate the movie, Jurassic Park is the standard I hold special effect movies to. I really like this clip and wish he had use more scenes from early cinema but since it's aimed for 5th graders, I understand he had to keep their attention. Nothing gets a kids attention like Spider-Man and dinosaurs.

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