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Movie References

Students love being able to apply what they've just learned and figure out the special effects! The educators who tested our activities highly recommended showing scenes from these videos. (PG-13 movies are not referenced in elementary activities.)
  • Aladdin
  • Batman (PG-13)
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • E.T.: The Extraterrestrial
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
  • Godzilla
  • Jurassic Park (PG-13)
  • King Kong (original version)
  • The Lion King
  • The Mask (PG -13)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (PG-13)
  • Ralph S. Mouse
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars
  • Superman

Books We Recommend

  • Andersen, Yvonne. Make Your Own Animated Movies and Videotapes. 2d ed. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1991.

  • Ardley, Neil. The Science Book of Color. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991.

  • Conklin, Thomas. Meet Steven Spielberg. New York: Bullseye Biography, Random House, 1994.

  • Exploratorium Teacher Institute. The Exploratorium Science Snackbook. San Francisco: The Exploratorium, 1991.

  • McCarthy, Robert E. Secrets of Hollywood Special Effects. Boston: Focal Press, 1992.

  • Platt, Richard. Film. New York: Eyewitness Books, Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

  • Samonek, Michael E. Special Effects Cookbook. Narberth, PA: MES/FX Publishing. 1992.

  • Scott, Elaine. Look Alive: Behind the Scenes of an Animated Film. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1992.

  • Shay , Don and Jody Duncan. The Making of Jurassic Park: an Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993.

  • Smith, Thomas G. Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Special Effects. New York: Ballantine Books, 1986.

  • The Smithsonian Institution. Science Activities. New York: GMG Publishing and Science Learning, Inc, 1987.

  • VanCleave, Janice. 200 Gooey, Slippery, Slimy, Weird & Fun Experiments. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993.

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