As an old computer enthusiast, let me just say that the Apple II is obviously the best thing Steve Jobs ever created. He would never do anything more significant. It says something that the original Apple II came out at the same time as the first Star Wars movie, and yet it’s capable of recreating the trailer for the latest Star Wars movie pretty accurately.
The recreation came to us from New York City-based artist Wahyu Ichwandardi. He used an old paint program called Dazzle Draw and an early form of graphics tablet called a KoalaPad to redraw every scene on an Apple IIc frame by frame — it took 288 of these drawings to recreate the entire thing. The Apple did not display the full trailer as you see it; Ichwandardi saved the frames onto floppy disks (48 in all) and edited them together after transferring them to a modern PC.
But could the Apple II actually run this, if it was coded to? It’s possible. There were several video games released for the machine that contained fully animated sequences. In fact, there was even a program sold for the Apple called Take-2 that was specifically for creating animated shorts on the computer, and it was powerful for a piece of 1984 software. Most of what you see in Ichwandardi’s trailer below (click the link in the tweet if you don’t see it) could have been done in real time on Take-2.
Cita-cita waktu masih kecil di th 80an: bikin trailer Star Wars pakai komputer Apple bermonitor monochrome, baru kesampaian sekarang. pic.twitter.com/kUV28VB5pq
— Pinot (@pinotski) June 26, 2017