From the light-bulb switch ingenuity of the Lumière brothers, through Ray Harryhausen's painstaking claymations in the 60's and 70's, all the way up to Neo in his leather trenchcoat and the flying beasts of Pandora in 2009. Indeed, the evolution of special effects has been paramount to the evolution of film.
Youtuber Jim Casey decided to wind the clock black to Eadweard Muybridge's Zoopraxiscope in 1878 and show us the boom of ideas from there. The results, of course, are dazzling:
It's truly remarkable how certain things stand out: Fritz Lang in 1927; Kubrick and Trumball in 1968; Neo and his trench coat in 99': It just goes to show how far ahead of their time these people really were.
That gave us shivers but what about you? Let us know which clip stood out the most in the comments below.
(Props to Casey and IO9)