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Watch Beyond the Mind's Eye, 1992's Computer-Animated Trip

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In the early 1990s a series of Mind's Eye computer-animated films were released on VHS and LaserDisc, and at the time they seemed like proof that the cyber future had arrived. Created by editing together unrelated CGI animation clips, the videos made little sense overall, but they typically had great soundtracks and fed humanity's need for more computer animation. (In retrospect, it was not exactly the best computer animation, but we didn't know that 25 years ago.)

The videos became surprisingly popular, and were even featured in the 1992 film The Lawnmower Man. In a weird echo, footage from The Lawnmower Man was also incorporated into a Mind's Eye video, closing the loop. Remember, Mind's Eye was omnivorous—the clips were typically not produced for the series, but anything computer-animated could end up in the series!

These days, you can download various Mind's Eye films from The Internet Archive, complete with original soundtracks by Thomas Dolby, Jan Hammer, and other icons of the era. Probably the "best" of these videos is Beyond the Mind’s Eye. Pretend it's 1992 and this will blow your mind:

For more on the films, check out Silver in a Haystack's excellent writeup about the series.

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You Can Still Visit This Forgotten Flintstones Theme Park in Arizona
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Amy Meredith, Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

Like many pop culture institutions of the 20th century, Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones hasn’t been relegated to just one medium. The animated cast of America's favorite modern Stone Age family sold cigarettes, starred in a live-action 1994 film, and inspired all sorts of merchandise, including video games and lunchboxes. In 1972, it also got the theme park treatment.

Bedrock City, located 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon in Williams, Arizona, was the brainchild of Linda and Francis Speckels, a married couple who bought the property and turned it into a 6-acre tourist attraction. Concrete houses were built to resemble the Flintstone and Rubble residences and are furnished with props; a large metal slide resembles a brontosaurus, so kids can mimic the show’s famous title credits sequence; and statues of the characters are spread all over the premises. The site also doubles as an RV campground and parking site.

A Flintstones theme park house
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A statue of Bam-Bam at the Flintstones park in Arizona
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A statue of Wilma Flintstone at Bedrock City in Arizona
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When it first opened, Bedrock City employed actors to stay in character, but the remote location proved challenging to retain both employees and visitors. Over the past four decades, it's had a steady stream of tourists, but not enough to turn a huge profit. Atlas Obscura reports the attractions are in various stages of disrepair.

Linda Speckels put the property up for sale in 2015 with an asking price of $2 million, but it has yet to sell. One possible hold-up: The new owner would have to negotiate a fresh licensing deal with Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. for the right to continue using the show’s trademarks. (A separate Flintstones park in South Dakota, owned by another member of the Speckels family, was sold and closed in 2015.) With its proximity to the Canyon, the 30 total acres could be converted into almost anything, from a mall to a golf course. For Flintstones enthusiasts, the hope is that the park’s unique attractions won’t be reduced to rubble.

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Watch Terry Gilliam's 1968 Animated Christmas Card
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In 1968, future Monty Python member Terry Gilliam was kicking around London, working as an animator. He was asked to put together an animated segment for a Christmas show, so he hopped over to the Tate and photocopied a bunch of Victorian Christmas cards for inspiration. The resulting film, The Christmas Card, is brilliant, bizarre, and delightful. Enjoy some pre-Python madness from the master:

If you liked that, check out Terry Gilliam explaining his animation technique in 1974.

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