Watch the history of sci-fi visual effects in five minutes

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

YouTube user bengraphics compiled this five-minute clip about a month ago, tracing the history of visual effects in movies, starting from the very beginning and going all the way up to last year's Oscar winner The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Watch it after the jump.

Here's how he describes the clip, above:

A "5th-grader-friendly" collection of clips and making-of footage from notable visual effects films of the past century.

Originally intended for educational use as an introduction to a classroom lecture.
The music track is "Rods and Cones" from the album "Audio" by Blue Man Group.

1900 - The Enchanted Drawing
1903 - The Great Train Robbery
1923 - The Ten Commandments (Silent)
1927 - Sunrise
1933 - King Kong
1939 - The Wizard of Oz
1940 - The Thief of Bagdad
1954 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1956 - Forbidden Planet
1963 - Jason and the Argonauts
1964 - Mary Poppins
1977 - Star Wars
1982 - Tron
1985 - Back to the Future
1988 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1989 - The Abyss
1991 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1992 - The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
1993 - Jurassic Park
2004 - Spider-Man 2
2005 - King Kong
2006 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
2007 - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
2007 - The Golden Compass
2008 - The Spiderwick Chronicles
2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button