VOTD: ‘25 Years of Pixar’

We’ve featured a handful of director montages here on /Film recently, and while this “25 Years of Pixar” compilation isn’t quite that, it’s actually pretty similar. In terms of look, tone, and quality, I’d say Pixar is as consistent as many directors.

For the video, NkMcDonalds pulled scenes from works spanning over decades — from ’80s shorts to this year’s Cars 2. If you like Pixar as much as I do, it’ll definitely make you smile and it might even make you tear up a little tiny bit. Watch it after the jump.


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Watching all the Pixar films spliced together like this, it’s very easy to see how the studio has evolved over the years from a technical standpoint. Clips from films like A Bug’s Life, which looked sophisticated at the time, now look clunky next to the sleeker visuals of newer movies like Wall-E and Up.

But it also becomes apparent that the real appeal of Pixar goes far beyond cutting-edge graphics. Pixar films are fun to watch partly because of their lush, advanced CGI, but we treasure them for years because of their commitment to strong storytelling and memorable characters. I don’t know about you, but my eyes started getting that tingly about-to-tear-up sensation when the montage got to the scene of Andy explaining what makes Woody so special. You don’t get that kind of emotion just by throwing money at high-tech equipment.

For your reference, here’s a list of the tunes and films used in the video:

Music:
1.Nemo Egg by Thomas Newman (For quote in beginning)
2.Overture by Michael Kamen
3.Kaneda’s Death, Pt. 2 (Adagio in D Minor) by John Murphy
4.Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros

Pixar Feature Films Used (In order of release)
Toy Story (1995)
A Bug’s Life (1998)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Monster’s Inc. (2001)
Finding Nemo (2003)
The Incredibles (2004)
Cars (2006)
Ratatouille (2007)
WALL-E (2008)
Up (2009)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Cars 2 (2011)

Short Films: Adventures of Andre and Wally B., Luxo Jr., Red’s Dream, Tin Toy, Knick Knack, Geri’s Game, For the Birds, Mike’s New Car, Boundin’, Jack-Jack Attack, Lifted, Presto, BURN-E, Partly Cloudy, Day & Night, Hawaiian Vacation.

Discuss: What’s your favorite Pixar film? Mine is Ratatouille, which I think nails creative passion as beautifully as any film I’ve seen.

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