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The Beauty of Pixar’s Evolution is in the Environments They Create

The Beauty of Pixar’s Evolution is in the Environments They Create

While a lot of people may only think of the heavy-hitter franchises like Toy Story, Finding Nemoand Monsters Inc., Pixar has been steadily producing CGI animations for over 30 years. And between each feature-length film comes a bevy of animated shorts that, when viewed one after the other, really show the progress they’ve made in just over three decades.

This recent super cut by YouTube’s Burger Fiction placed everything Pixar has done in chronological order and, as you’d expect, it’s absolutely gorgeous. In just under 15 minutes, the super cut gives us a look at what the animation studio has been able to accomplish over the years. There’s a lot to love in the familiar faces you see and it’s impossible not to notice how things have improved for character design over the years–but make note of the environments to really see the real magic that Pixar creates.

Pixar continually pushes the needle forward of what can be done with CGI in every film and short they create but will likely always limit their characters to more cartoon-ish designs. This is actually a good thing since it leaves more room for expression, otherwise impossible movements, and (thank goodness) avoiding the uncanny valley. And as characters remain lovable cartoons, the worlds become so much more realistic. Compare the lighting effects and environments in Luxo Jr. or Toy Story to the hyper-realistic vistas they created for their Piper short or even just for the the end credits of The Good Dinosaur to see how far they’ve come.

There’s a lot to love about Pixar characters and story but one of the most beautiful things about their films are the worlds they create.

What’s your favorite Pixar movie or shorts? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

Featured Image: Disney/Pixar

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