Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated family film, the first Disney/Pixar film to be made, as well as the first feature film in history to be made entirely with CGI (computer generated imagery)
Directed by John Lasseter
The film was selected into the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” in 2005, its first year of eligibility.
“We had to make things look more organic. Every leaf and blade of grass had to be created. We had to give the world a sense of history. So the doors are banged up, the floors have scuffs.”
“We couldn’t have made this movie in traditional animation. This is a story that can only really be told with three-dimensional toy characters. … Some of the shots in this film are so beautiful.”
Each character was either created out of clay or was first modeled off of a computer-drawn diagram before reaching the computer animated design
27 animators worked on the film, using 400 computer models to animate the characters.
Woody was the most complex as he required 723 motion controls, including 212 for his face and 58 for his mouth
Translating the film into 3-D involved revisiting the original computer data and virtually placing a second camera into each scene, creating left-eye and right-eye views needed to achieve the perception of depth
“When I would look at the films as a whole, I would search for story reasons to use 3-D in different ways. In ‘Toy Story, for instance, when the toys were alone in their world, I wanted it to feel consistent to a safer world. And when they went out to the human world, that’s when I really blew out the 3-D to make it feel dangerous and deep and overwhelming.”