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The Black Hole

The Black Hole(1979)

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  • Disney's first PG-rated movie.
  • To film the special effects for "The Black Hole", Disney originally wanted to rent the Dykstraflex camera system (the first computer controlled camera) from Industrial Light & Magic. However, the price and rental terms were unacceptable so Disney went to their acclaimed engineering division to come up with their own version. What resulted was Disney's A.C.E.S. (Automated Camera Effects System), which was radically superior to the Dykstraflex system, the "Mattescan" system, which enabled the camera to move on a matte painting (which was previously impossible), and a computer-controlled modeling stand. At the time, this put Disney technologically ahead of ILM.
  • Dr. Reinhardt's ship is called the "U.S.S. Cygnus." The first black hole was discovered in the constellation Cygnus.
  • The film contains over 550 visual effects shots, including over 150 matte paintings.
  • At the time of its release, the movie featured the longest computer graphics sequence that had ever appeared in a film.

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