1968 ASCII Animation from Russia

By  |  Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

There’s Up, there’s Shrek, and then there’s…this. It’s a bit of experimental computer animation of a cat done in Russia in 1968. The scientists who made it created hundreds of ASCII art images of the kitty, then printed them out and filmed them pose by pose.

It only took another eighteen years to get to Luxo Jr

(Via Cartoon Brew.) (UPDATE: the Brew is suffering a malware attack at the moment–it’s fine on my Mac, but Firefox for Windows is apparently blocking it…)


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17 Comments For This Post

  1. Relyt Says:

    Firefox blocks the site for me

  2. Arnold Says:

    Some old russian sailor once said to me scary games are them be told ye a man of gold

  3. Harry McCracken Says:

    Which link is it blocking?

  4. Harry McCracken Says:

    Aha, it’s Cartoon Brew–they’re reporting that they’ve been hacked and are working on fixing it.


  5. Joel Rowbottom Says:

    Endut! Hok hek!

  6. Blah Says:

    It sure ain’t Avatar… and only 18 years

  7. Pierre Says:

    It’s hard to understand the thrill that early computer imaging produced for those who could see the future. Early efforts, crude by today’s standards, were a quantum leap of innovation. It was magic, truly enthralling.

    I would argue that what counts is the delta, or the incremental difference, and not the absolute result.

    I remember being blown away by the first computer animation films in the late 1960’s.

    By the same token, I think that Morse’s telegraphy was a truly exciting threshold, perhaps unmatched since.

  8. wh Says:

    I think I saw the same cat twice….. must be a glitch in the matrix.

  9. Andre Says:

    Blah: Well, maybe its time we started making 3D ascii art?

  10. ConceptJunkie Says:

    It’s very cool seeing a computer animation from 42 years ago. However, being the Soviet Union, it appears the best photography equipment they could get was from 42 years further back.

  11. Jim R. Says:

    What does this have to do with computers or CGI? They produced on a computer
    ASCII art and then printed it to make stills for a film. Sounds like the same way Steam Boat Bill was made,except the stills were drawn by hand,and the results much more pleasing.In’68 just about everyone had some ASCII art tacked up on the office wall.Making a flip book is no big stretch.

  12. Stilgar Says:

    Very cool, but that cat is damn freaky looking. I guess they were dog lovers 🙂

  13. essequemodeia Says:

    How utterly underwhelming.

  14. bob Says:

    Why does cat have Stalin’s moustache?

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