19 May 2012

I.M. - Intelligent Mechanophant

I remember first seeing I.M. (Intelligent Mechanophant) when Catfish Animation Studio first unleashed it on the world – ten whole years ago.  How time flies but IM does not seem to have dated that much – it is still leaps ahead of most of the animation on the block. Although Toy Story had been released seven years previously this sort of photo-realism was very, very rarely seen in any animation – and I guess the same could be said today!

It tells a simple enough story. In a factory in the future some mechanical elephants are submitted to aptitude tests. All seems to work until an elephant loses control and turns into a dangerous killer. You may possibly see IM now as something of a museum piece but if that is the case remember that you only get to see the good stuff from history in a museum!