Today in History: ‘Toy Story’ Becomes First Movie to Fully Use CGI

Article by Brian Kasaine
Posted: November 22, 2018  

On this day in 1995, Toy Story, the animated comedy film produced by Pixar for Walt Disney premiered, making it the first feature-length film to be made entirely by computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Watching a movie, or a series, could be a lot of things other than the most obvious: entertainment. It could be therapeutic, educative, or an escape route to a different immersive world, away from daily whips and scorns of life. We however hardly stop to think of the sheer hard work and creativity put into the making of the film.

That driven home, today we go back in time and appreciate a day like this, November 22nd 1995, when CGI was first used in the entirety of a movie. Toy Story was a groundbreaking moment in cinematic history. Perhaps it’s not shocking that it was the film to pass that technological hump and open the door to the flurry of CGI spectacles we’re treated to in the movies nowadays, when you consider that it was executive-produced by Steve Jobs who was head of Pixar at the time.

So much goes into films to bring the memorable feeling we scrape out of a cinema experience, one of them, computer-generated imagery. It involves the use of 3D computer graphics, chiefly used in filmmaking, commercials, and in printed media.

For its groundbreaking efforts, Toy Story is considered by many to be one of the best animated films ever made. Toy Story 4 is scheduled to release in June, 2019. Watch the teaser below.


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