Alias (Toronto) + Wavefront (Montreal) = Alias/WaveFront, an SGI division which makes the mind-blowing Maya animation system, available for a variety of computer flavors, such as Windows, SGI and even Macs running MacOS X (soon).

This product took many years to develop, and their patience and determination shows. The physics system is incredibly powerful, and surprisingly easy to use considering how much it does. While Pixar still rules the CGI camp, you can use Maya without having to work Steve Jobs. Not that that would be a bad thing, though, depending on your outlook.

This product builds on the older Alias PowerAnimator, used in Terminator 2 to render that fluid metal robot, uh, thing, which at the time was priced at a cool $40KUS. The software, that is, not the T2000.