With special mention to stop-motion musical The Nightmare Before Christmas, which came out a couple of years before and which has a small army of devoted Burtonites convinced that a) he directed it and b) that its the greatest animation in recorded history, Toy Story deserves this spot more. Incredibly, the film is twenty-one years old: the sequel is seventeen years old. Theres a whole generation of awkward millennial adolescents that have grown up in the shadow of the franchise, convinced that their childhood toys are probably whispering about them behind their backs. Genuinely witty and brimful of earned, character-driven pathos, Toy Story was the first animated movie ever to be nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar and as the first ever CG animated feature film, helped to cement the style as the wave of the future. It was also Pixars first feature length movie, and set the bar for all future Pixar releases, which in turn raised the bar for every other animated feature to be released since. And its still as good as it ever was: in fact, watched in tandem with the two sequels, it represents a trilogy with no duff moments, something unprecedented in cinema history.
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