I recently got to see Moshe Kam‘s presentation on How Art Intersects with Technology in Cinema and was amazed to hear the history of innovation that defined this industry condensed into a one hour presentation. It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come. And yet, while the tools changed, the things that entertain “the masses” have not. Example: cat videos.
Here’s a video from none other than Thomas Edison from 1894 of “boxing cats”:
And then, 117 years later, here’s a video that uses a century of innovation in film to bring us the same kind of cat-fueled entertainment:
PS: I’m fully aware, that most cat videos do not have anything like the complexity of the two videos above, and are in fact just videos of cats being cats: