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Terminator 2 The T-1000 from "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"

The liquid-metal cyborg T-1000 debuts "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," with five and a half minutes of screen-time devoted to 100 elements of CGI. Following six decades of optical printing, all of the effects work for this film is composited digitally.

"Jurassic Park" introduces the first CG live animals to the movies—brachiosaurs, velociraptors, a T. rex, and an entire herd of gallimimus—which are intercut with animatronic dinosaurs.

"Toy Story," the first entirely CG feature-length film, is released. Four years in the making, the 77-minute film generates 1,000 gigabytes of data and requires 800,000 machine hours of rendering.

"Titanic" receives 10 Oscars, including Achievement in Visual Effects. With more than 450 effects shots created by Digital Domain and 16 other companies, it becomes the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.

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