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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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The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine Is Returning to Theaters for Its 50th Anniversary
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The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!

In early 1968, at the height of Beatlemania, The Fab Four lent their voices—and visages—to Yellow Submarine, a somewhat strange and slightly surreal animated film, purportedly for children, which saw the band travel to Pepperland aboard the titular watercraft in order to save the land from the music-hating Blue Meanies. (Hey, we said it was strange.)

Though it would be another year before the film’s iconic soundtrack was released, 2018 marks the film’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Pitchfork reports that the psychedelic cartoon will be making its way back into theaters in July with a brand-new 4K digital restoration and a surround sound remix, to have it looking—and sounding—pristine.

To find out where it will be screening near you, visit the film’s website, where you can sign up for updates.

[h/t: Pitchfork]

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Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas, Made Simple
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On March 14, 2018, visionary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. You know his name, and may have even watched a biopic or two about him. But if you've ever wondered what specifically Hawking's big contributions to science were, and you have two and a half minutes to spare, the animation below is for you. It's brief, easy to understand, and gets to the point with nice narration by Alok Jha. So here, in a very brief and simple way, are some of Stephen Hawking's big ideas:

If you have more than a few minutes, we heartily recommend Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time. It's easy to read, and it's truly brief.

[h/t: Open Culture]

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