Disney's Animated Classics

Pixar Studios Animated Features 1-10

With the advent of computer graphics as an accepted art medium, it's no surprise that Disney has ventured into computer animation as a means of producing feature films. A landmark in this series was 1982's Tron which, although mainly a live-action film, used extensive computer animation for characters, backgrounds, and props. In a collaboration with Pixar, a computer animation company formed by George Lucas and later run by Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, since 1995 Disney has produced a series of extremely popular computer-animated features. These features have become a series of classics unto themselves because of their eye-catching graphics, lively and likeable characters, and appealing storylines. In 2000, Disney introduced another dimension to the computer-animated features with the release of "Dinosaur," which combined live-action backgrounds and scenery with computer-animated characters. In 2005, Disney bought Pixar Studios, bringing that powerhouse animation studio into the Disney Company family.

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1. Toy Story
(Nov. 2, 1995 - 80 min. - Pixar/Disney) ****

Plot: Woodie, a toy cowboy, is jealous of Buzz Lightyear, the new toy in the house, and his jealousy lands them both in trouble. [This was the first feature film produced entirely on computer. Re-released in 3D in 2009.]


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2. A Bug's Life
(Nov. 25, 1998 - 94 min. - Pixar/Disney) ****

Plot: This follow-up (not sequel) to Toy Story stretched the level of sophistication of the use of computer animation, with the lively story of how a rebellious little worker ant named "Flik" saved his colony from the destruction by a band of grasshoppers.


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3. Toy Story 2
(Nov. 24, 1999 - 92 min. - Pixar/Disney) *****

Plot: In this sequel to 1996's Toy Story, Woodie is stolen by a mean toy collector, and Buzz and the rest of the gang come to the rescue. [Re-released in 3D in 2009.]


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4. Monsters, Inc.
(Nov. 2, 2001 - 106 min. - Pixar/Disney) *****

Plot: From the makers of Toy Story, this is the tale of friendly monsters whose job it is to frighten little children and the chaos that ensues when a human girl finds herself in the world of the monsters. [2001 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature] Later reissued in 3D.


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5. Finding Nemo
(May 30, 2003 - 101 min. - Pixar/Disney) *****

Plot: When a small fish named Nemo is caught in the ocean near Australia and placed in a fish tank on land, his father goes on a dangerous adventure to find and rescue him. [2003 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature] Later reissued in 3D.


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6. The Incredibles
(Nov. 5, 2004 - 105 min. - Pixar/Disney) *****

Plot: A family of super heroes is living a mundane life in retirement, but are called back to action when an evil super villain threatens the world. [2004 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature]


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7. Cars
(June 9, 2006 - 116 min. - Pixar/Disney) *****

Plot: A rookie race car finds himself in a small country town on Route 66, where he has to make new friends and learns that winning isn't everything. [2006 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature]


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8. Ratatouille
(June 29, 2007 - 111 min. - Pixar/Disney) *****

Plot: Remy the mouse, who lives in the kitchen of a fancy restaurant in Paris, decides that he wants to become a gourmet chef, much to the consternation of the restaurant's human chef. [2007 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature]


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9. Wall-E
(June 27, 2008 - 97 min. - Pixar/Disney) *****

Plot: After humans have left the Earth, the last operating robot, Wall-E, continues his daily routines, until one day he discovers something that will send him on an adventure across the galaxy. [2008 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature]


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10. Up
(May 29, 2009 - 89 min. - Pixar/Disney) *****

Plot: 3D: An elderly man and a boy scout set off on a global adventure aboard a small house taken aloft by hundreds of helium-filled balloons. [2009 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature]

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