Here’s how a ‘90s app made those transforming Animorphs book covers

Today, I learned The Verge has never written a single post that so much as mentions Animorphs. This is a travesty that will now end.

Because today is also the day I am sharing this delightful video from YouTube’s retro computing and gaming enthusiast LGR, which vividly shows how an exceptionally specialized piece of early ‘90s editing software — Elastic Reality — was used to morph kids into animals, creating the eye-popping cover art for those kid thrillers back in the day.

To be sure, you could have learned that one David Mattingly was the artist behind those covers if you ever stumbled upon this excellent Vice interview from 2015, where he describes the software, his technique, and how he lucked into the job. But it’s another thing…

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