COMPUTER MAGIC: THE WORLD OF ROBERT ABEL [2-disc] (1985 USA / JAPAN)
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Directed by various
Starring: Robert Abel, King Kong, Pac-Man
Genres: Biography, Commercials, Modcinema exclusive, Pop Art, Staff Picks
120 minutes | Full Screen | Color | English
Modcinema presents a computer animation laserdisc double feature! (Disc one: "The World of Robert Abel" (1985) A retrospective of the work of Robert Abel and Associates, a pioneering commercial computer graphics company that created some of the most iconic early computer-generated imagery. Included here are over 40 commercial spots, ranging from 30-second commercials and commercial logos, to their 1984 animated short "High Fidelity". To put Abel and Associate's work in perspective: By the time Pixar's first short "André and Wally B." debuted in 1984, Abel's company had been producing computer animation for 13 years. This collection includes work from 7-UP, Whirlpool, Kawasaki, Zenith, Kodak, Disney's The Black Hole, EPCOT Center, Disney's Tron, Pepsi, Mazda, Corvette, HBO, and many many more. (Disc two: "Computer Magic: A Journey Into the World of Computer Imagery" (1990) Computer Magic provides a highly entertaining and informative look at how advanced computers are being used to create art, animation and special effects. Hosted by the god of computer graphics, Robert Abel, it was featured on PBS, The Discovery Channel and networks around the world. Educational and entertaining in its time and now historically noteworthy.