Pink Panther  <em>Magic Eye</em> Stereogram Pink Panther  <em>Magic Eye</em> Stereogram

Pink Panther Magic Eye Stereogram

You know those Magic Eye pictures? The ones that, if you stare at it long enough, you can see 3-D (without glasses). Here’s an attempt to do that with a moving image –the Pink Panther, animated. It’s a looped sequence of 19 frames converted from Flash animation. I’m not sure if it’s working for me, but I like the idea.

It looks a little better larger, at 3Dimka’s Deviant Art page. Interesting?

(Thanks, Jake Friedman)

  • Johnny

    That’s pretty trippy, but whomever uploaded it should have looped it for 30 seconds or so. By the time you’ve managed to see the effect the play again button pops up and distracts your focal point and you have to start all over again!

  • Worked great for me. I have friends who cannot view Magic Eye pcitures, but I am able to, just by trying to look at an imaginary objetc that would be behind the picture, and focusing in that.

    This one worked well, though my favorites are still the Disney Magic Eyes from years ago.

  • Interesting indeed. I have always been fascinated by these eyeball busters. And I always thought that theoretically they could be animated, but I didn’t know how to make them. The animation on 3Dimka’s page does look better and it plays smoother but it was much more difficult to converge, I guess because it was bigger. There are several of these animated stereograms on his page and they all work pretty well. To get it to work for me I pushed the image window to the edge of my monitor and stared at the wall several feet from my monitor then without refocusing shifted my gaze to the image and then waited for my eyes to focus. It took me weeks to learn how to do this on those posters many years ago.

  • I can see it very well. The thing about these is that they tend to work better on a computer screen then they do on print because the printed page can become crumpled up and it can impact the user’s ability to read the image.

  • Paul N

    Not a particularly good walk cycle, but a very cool effect!

  • awesome!!!

  • Joel Brinkerhoff

    He limps.

  • captainmurphy

    It may also help that the movement provides additional depth cues.

    It is similar to those 3d photos that are presented on the web by merely going back and forth between the two vantage points such as at

  • I could see it pretty well, at least until my eyes started to cross. I do agree with Michael F. that computer screen magic eyes seem to work better than their paper counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they’re any better for your eyes. It’s like staring to close to a TV screen until your corneas shrivel like raisins & your pupils are bleached white.

    Like Adrian, I had the Disney Magic Eye book when I was young. It was one of my favorites, I carried it around until the pages fell out.

  • Gerard de Souza

    yup. works.
    But can you imagine a feature? Worse than those glasses, the audience has to zone-out visually & mentally and everything looks papier-mached. ;)

  • Gerard de Souza

    Oh yeh….would’ve been nice if the animation was the panther’s little hitch step walk instead of the floaty experiement.

  • jim

    The moment is always so cool when everything converges for you in one of these, and suddenly you ‘get it’. (Especially that very first time *ever*, which is a particularly freaky experience. Just when you’re absolutely convinced that the whole thing is a big joke on you, and everyone else in the world is in on it… whoosh… there you are in another dimension. ~~ At least that’s how it was for me many many years ago at a poster kiosk in a shopping mall.)

    I stared at this one for quite a while with no luck, suddenly it came into focus and there was the 3-D pink panther. Looking at something reflected in your monitor really helps. I waved a little flashlight and as soon as I saw its reflection I also saw the 3-D animation.

    This is quite cool just as it is here: a free novelty featured on an animation blog. But I can’t envision any more lasting success than that. ~~ Katzenberg will surely tell us otherwise!

  • Mesterius

    Wow, this is DEFINITELY interesting! And wonderful. I’ve always loved Magic Eye-pictures, but I’ve never dreamed of seeing them animated before. Think about the idea… the possibility of making whole animated shorts like this in the future. (And by “shorts” I think I mean a minute or two in this instance, so the eyes don’t become too tired.)

    The Pink Panther’s movement does feel slightly robotic here, but that can easily be fixed. (Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see his characteristic stylish, jumping walk from the very early cartoons in such a #D animation?) Anyway, the effect worked great for me. By the way, Johnny, if you go the deviant page you can stare at the movement afor as long as you like.

  • It looked very nice but would be even better if someone would adapt that famous walk cycle that’s in about 50 pink cartoons. Who animated that?

  • Chris Sobieniak

    I’m surprised someone bothered putting effort into another of these Magic Eye things. I thought those things were old hate nowadays? :-)

  • Magic Eye pictures only work for me about 90% of the time. This time it did. I saw a bunch of Panthers!

  • John

    I don’t see a single Pink Panther, I see a duplicated row of them from left to right. Are they supposed to coverge as one image?

  • peter wassink

    The animation sucks but the effect works great!

  • Chuck R.

    “Magic Eye pictures only work for me about 90% of the time. This time it did. I saw a bunch of Panthers!”

    Same for me, Brandon. In fact, I’m a bit skeptical as to whether this is really “Magic Eye” technology or just one set of images juxtaposed over another a la Photoshop. Any experts out there?

  • Mesterius

    As far as I’m concerned, this is really the Magic Eye 3D technology.