1995 was a long time ago. I have had four homes in two countries since then, but the year sticks out in my mind. This was the year that I realized animation wasn’t just for kids.
Pixar changed the world of movies by releasing the first ever, feature length CGI movie. Yes, there was a bit of controversy over the Brazilian made Cassiopeia released six months later, but Toy Story is credited with this honor. Not only did Pixar change the status quo, but they filled their trophy cabinet in the process, winning Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA’s and Annie Awards, amongst others.
Had it not been for the success of this movie, would we have been lucky enough to enjoy the wonders of Shrek, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc or The Incredibles? All of these make it to my favorite list.
Cartoons and animation fascinate us all as children. The bright colors, movement, and crazy plots that would unravel before our eyes would never been seen in ‘real life’, but once pen was put to paper, or mouse to screen, everything become possible.
I remember going to the movie theater as a kid to see Disney’s Fantasia, and begging my Mom to let me to see it again for weeks. This movie is soon approaching 70 years since its release, yet it’s hasn’t aged.
The age of web2.0 has propelled us into a new era of animation, both on the big screen, and from the comfort of our own homes. My dream and ambition remains to be offered a job with Pixar one day, but until I get that phone call, this blog is going to be my place to comment, review, create and share.