And the Oscar Goes To...

...three computer scientists—Pixar’s Loren Carpenter,Rob Cook, and Ed Catmull—whose software led to movies like Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Jurassic Park, The Phantom Menace, and even Forrest Gump

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Photo of Pixar’s Loren Carpenter, Rob Cook, and Ed Catmull.
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photo of Pixar\u2019s Loren Carpenter, Rob Cook, and Ed Catmull. Photo: Martin Klimek/Liason Agency Inc.

Watching the movie Toy Story 2, the moment I truly forgot that I was looking at computer-generated images was when Tour Guide Barbie climbed into her car; to me she was simply an actress perfectly cast for her part. And when I watched Jurassic Park, I was too busy waiting for disaster to happen to distinguish between the computer-generated images and the real film footage. Nor did I wonder how, in Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks could play such an amazing game of Ping-Pong. (He was playing without a ball; the ball was computer-generated later.)

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