ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - MAY 27: (L-R) Ron Howard, Lynwen Brennan, Phil Tippett, Rose Duignan, Joe Johnston and Dennis Muren attend a press conference for “Light & Magic” at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California on May 27, 2022. The ILM documentary series premieres exclusively on Disney+ July 27, 2022. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)


How’s it going Rat Rock Nation!   Davey Mac of the Morning Rat Race here.   And I’ve just completed the brand new docuseries Light & Magic on Disney Plus…and I must tell you…it’s amazing!

This six-part series is a highly-fascinating look at the creation and industry-changing success of Industrial Light & Magic (or ILM) and the effect it has had on the world of cinema.

ILM is a company created by George Lucas in 1975 specifically to come up with dazzling, new, special effects for Star Wars.   George hired John Dykstra to put together a team and Dykstra seemed to bring in one genius after another.   Effects legends like Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Joe Johnston, Phil Tippet, and more were brought on to the project and they immediately paid dividends.

American Cinematheque Tribute to George Lucas

HOLLYWOOD – FEBRUARY 6: Director George Lucas (C) poses with guests from ILM Lucas Films during American Cinematheque Tribute to George Lucas and ILM/Sykwalker Sound Artists at the Egyptian Theatre on February 6, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


The team of effects renegades immediately went to work creating technology that began a SFX revolution that we’re sill experiencing to this very day.   ILM invented special computers, cameras, and lenses to capture new effects that audiences had never seen before.   Star Wars then became a worldwide phenomenon…and ILM was off and running.

But that is really where the story begins.   From there, ILM began working with other directors like Steven Spielberg on Raiders Of The Lost Ark and E.T. and Robert Zemeckis on Back To The Future.

And then came the digital revolution.   ILM worked with James Cameron on The Abyss and Terminator 2…breaking new ground in computer graphics.   Those films led to Spielberg’s breakthrough CGI effects in the movie Jurassic Park…and even more history was created because of ILM’s collective brilliance.

The series really is something special.   If you simply like movies…you should absolutely check out Light & Magic on Disney Plus!   See the trailer below!

– East Side Dave

"East Side" Dave McDonald. Co-Host Of The Morning Rat Race (6 to 10 AM). Digital Content Coordinator & Producer.