This is fantastic
Here is video and a couple of scanned articles by James Leatham. He made a great SciFi short in 1981 using an Apple II for special effects. The long and short of it is that since the Apple didn't have the horsepower to produce the actual animations he wanted, he set it up to render still images and control a stop motion video setup.
The short itself rules. I love the Space Buccaneer guy who sounds like he's from from Maine. I love the hair. You have to wait until 15:21 for the best part though.