The Magic Egg is a collection of visual segments developed by computer animation teams at various research institutes and universities across North America. These teams combined vector graphics, molecular modelling techniques, and simulated time-lapse photography with the mathematical calculations needed to pre-distort images for IMAX Dome projection. Segments include a flight through a wire frame city, a rollercoaster ride over an abstract Japanese mountain terrain, and a trip through an intricate floral labyrinth.

Length: 15:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1984
  • Date Released:
    July 1984
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: Inactive
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: <20
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70
  • Distributor:

    Science Museum of Minnesota

  • Produced By:
    Produce by Garrick Films for ACM Siggraph in cooperation with the Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Eddie Garrick
  • Director:  Eddie Garrick
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer: 
  • Cinematography:
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Michael Boddicker
  • Editor: Michael Ornstein
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits: Computer animators: Joan Collins Carey, Ned Greene, Pat Hanrahan, Paul Heckbert, Dick Lundin, Nelson Max, James A. Squires. OMNIMAX computer graphic research developed by Dr. Nelson Max.
  • Sponsors: Sponsored by Control Data Corporation, Cray Research, Inc., and DICOMED Corporation.


  • Animation
  • Short



Film Facts

The Magic Egg premiered in 1984 at the annual SIGGRAPH (Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Graphics) convention.