Viral Video of the Day: The Evolution of Visual Effects

Three minutes of video. 136 years of our wildest dreams.

05.20.14 3:09 PM ET

From the first Zoetropes to last weekend's Godzilla, movie special effects have shown several generations of wide-eyed filmgoers things they couldn't even imagine.

This quick history of movie effects is a loving tribute to the visionaries and technicians who have made us believe the unbelievable for almost 140 years.