Top Ten Most Fascinating Animated Characters: Number 1

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So, this “little thought experiment” I came up with in January was supposed to take only a few months, and ended up spanning all of 2015. Usually, a delay like that would embarrass me, but this time I think it’s sort of nice. Bookending the year with the start to and completion of a series that I am proud of feels gratifying, especially since I am teeming with unfinished, (not-even-started) projects all the time. Looking back, I am still in 90% agreement with my choices, although I now find Spot from The Good Dinosaur to be a must-have addition to the list. Anyhoo, I’m sure there’s no one following along who’s been completely simpatico with me, and this final choice will assure many readers that I am an animation rube. However, I hope you read the entire argument as to why I believe this endearing, enduring mouse deserves the top spot. Oh boy!

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Viewpoint: ‘Toy Story’ Turns 20

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Pixar Animation Studios‘ first full-length animated motion picture Toy Story just celebrated its 20th birthday. The landmark film opened in November 1995, creating a new industry (commercially viable computer-generated animated feature films), a new artistic aesthetic, and an unforgettable and delightful film.

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‘Inside Out’ on Blu-ray: Truly a Joy from Start to Finish

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Now available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and Digital HD, Pixar Animation Studios’ Inside Out is an animated wonder, no matter how you choose to watch it. I had the chance to see the film again on Blu-ray, along with all of the bonus features, and here’s my train of thought about the experience.

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