Watch Beyond the Mind's Eye, 1992's Computer-Animated Trip

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In the early 1990s a series of Mind's Eye computer-animated films were released on VHS and LaserDisc, and at the time they seemed like proof that the cyber future had arrived. Created by editing together unrelated CGI animation clips, the videos made little sense overall, but they typically had great soundtracks and fed humanity's need for more computer animation. (In retrospect, it was not exactly the best computer animation, but we didn't know that 25 years ago.)

The videos became surprisingly popular, and were even featured in the 1992 film The Lawnmower Man. In a weird echo, footage from The Lawnmower Man was also incorporated into a Mind's Eye video, closing the loop. Remember, Mind's Eye was omnivorous—the clips were typically not produced for the series, but anything computer-animated could end up in the series!

These days, you can download various Mind's Eye films from The Internet Archive, complete with original soundtracks by Thomas Dolby, Jan Hammer, and other icons of the era. Probably the "best" of these videos is Beyond the Mind’s Eye. Pretend it's 1992 and this will blow your mind:

For more on the films, check out Silver in a Haystack's excellent writeup about the series.