This Could Be the World’s First Computer Generated Animation
It’s almost impossible to pin down when and where the first computer animation was created, given several companies and research facilities were dabbling in the new medium at the same time. But AT&T—formerly Bell Labs—and others believe this simple clip dating back to 1963 could indeed be the world’s first CG animation.
Not surprisingly, the animated clip isn’t exactly a t-rex dismantling an SUV. Instead, its creator, Edward E. Zajac (who’s also narrating), was trying to model and simulate the motions of a satellite orbiting the planet. So the results are basically a wireframe rectangle circling a wireframe sphere—but back in 1963 this was a revolutionary accomplishment.