If you were to draw a teapot, what would it look like? Chances are, the teapot you'd render would look similar to the "Utah teapot," or the most famous teapot in the world. A computer graphics researcher at the University of Utah, Martin Newell, digitized the Utah teapot (or Newell teapot) in 1975 to test out his algorithm. It is now the most commonly used standard reference object for a 3D computer graphic.
Hear more about Newell's famous design and the history of animation in the following videos.