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How did we reach the present form of 3D Animation Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 09:56


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Nowadays, we find the 3D animation in television, theaters, mobile phones, billboards, computer and cinemas. With the help of technical skills, a 2D figure of a lifeless figure gets changed into visual full of life 3D animation. The 3D Animated World has some pleasurable stuff that is worth to know. It has comical facts which give a brief but fascinating view of historical development. Let's enjoy this true-life story of modern 3D Animation.



1. The Pharaoh Ramses II ordered to build 110 temple columns. These temples had images of a goddess in a progressive way. These images used to give an illustration of the movement. Isn’t it interesting?


2. A spinning pot technique was used in Greek nation to show animated pictures of various objects.


3. In Iran, a bowl was found which was designed 5,200 years ago. The bowl had the five different images of a goat to show how it jumped to eat leaves.


4. In 1982, the 3D animation was introduced in the motion picture “Tron”. Contrary to this, the “Money for Nothing” is considered the first music video which has 3D effects.


5. You will definitely get surprised that Pixar’s 3D animation movies have complex traits which take more than 90 hours for a computer to interpret the information on an image.  


Stages of 3D Animation


The Thaumatrope and The PhenakistoscopeThe Thaumatrope:
It is a disc made up of cardboard which is raised or placed between two strings. A bird is created on one side and the cage is drawn on the other side. When the strings or the top is moved, the two different pictures combine to give an impression of a bird in a cage.


The Phenakistoscope:
It has two types of discs on a shaft. One has slits whereas the other disc shows a series of drawings. When the drawings are brought into line, it gives a fantasy of action.


The Zoetrope or Wheel of Life:
In 1867, it was used as a toy in America. A cylinder had slits containing a series of illustrations on a strip of paper. When the cylinder was spun, the picture started to move.


The Praxinoscope:
In 1877, a Frenchman named as Emile Reynaud developed a first sequence of action on a long 30 foot band. The Xrystaloid was a kind of see-through substance, used to draw the images. No doubt, it was a fun but it opened a new technique for 3D animated movies.


Did you know?

In 1900, James Stuart Blackton introduced a frown and smile picture by introducing the new replacement method in "THE ENCHANTED DRAWING." It proved the first successful attempt towards SFX. Blackton is considered the forerunner of animated cartoon. He published “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” with the help of 3000 iridescent drawings.


jurrasic park"FANTASMAGORIE” is recognized as the first dynamic film, made by Emile Cohl in 1908.


All of you definitely have watched the legendary movie Jurassic Park. It is first 3D animated CGI Dinosaur movie.



How did we reach the present form of 3D Animation was not a straightforward procedure, yet it was a motivating and interesting development.


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