World’s Smallest Film Takes ‘Guinness World Records’ Honor

Melissa Knowles
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My favorite movie of all time is "Coming to America." Even though I own it on DVD, I watch it whenever it comes on TV, even if it's in the middle of the movie. I don't care. I can anticipate every scene. I know the characters well, and I say the words in the script along with the dialogue onscreen. Yet I still laugh at all the jokes and am just as happy at the end of the movie as I was the first time I saw it.

Now, "Coming to America" may not be the highest-grossing film of all time, but it is a gem to me. It may not be the biggest, but it's certainly not the smallest. Taking that honor is "A Boy and His Atom" by IBM, which is the smallest film ever made, according to "Guinness World Records."

IBM made the film while scientists were researching ways to move individual atoms in order to shrink the space needed to store computer data. The filming required a scanning tunneling microscope, which magnifies objects 100 million times their original size.

So far, on YouTube, the video has amassed more than 2.3 million views. People are enthralled with the microscopic aspect of the film and its technology. One person commented, "It's just awesome, like the first silent animated movies but at the same time, showing the scientific breakthrough of this century."

Looks like a movie doesn't have to be big to make a resounding impact.

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