‘Toy Story 4’ Closeups Show How Much Pixar Has Perfected Its Craft In 24 Years
By Mikelle Leow, 29 Jun 2019
Image via Disney
When Disney’s Pixar debuted Toy Story in 1995, it wowed audiences with its vibrant visuals and the ability to nail that plasticky toy aesthetic. Of course, being the first-ever feature-length film to be computer-animated, the plasticky look was just about the best it could achieve.
The franchise has certainly grown up with its viewers. With the release of Toy Story 4 in 2019, fans are treated to details galore. Pixar Animation Studios has created 21 feature-length films in this span of 24 years, focusing on at least one major texture in each movie.
All this practice led up to the creation of the hyperrealistic Toy Story 4, and you’ll have to zoom into its shots to grasp how much animation has evolved in these two decades.
Post de apreciación de texturas 😱😍Posted by Cinegardianos on Saturday, June 22, 2019
Pixar lo hizo increíble 👏🏻
According to INSIDER, the first Toy Story film required 117 computers to be up and running 24 hours a day, with each of the 114,240 frames taking between 45 minutes and 30 hours to render. Thanks to the technology and expertise Pixar accumulated over the years, it is now able to render the full film in less than the time taken to watch it.
While Pixar’s technology has come this far, the complexity of Toy Story 4 meant it would take even longer to produce this sequel than when the studio worked on the first Toy Story. For the 2019 film, it would take between 60 and 160 hours just to render a single frame.
Prior to this ambitious project, Pixar had numerous opportunities to dabble in animation methods that had never been done.
With 1998’s A Bug’s Life, it worked on smoothness, which was essential for designing human skin. These efforts paved way for The Incredibles, when Pixar introduced its first all-human cast. 2001’s Monster, Inc. allowed the company to experiment with fur—‘Sully’ alone had over one million hairs, all of which had to move realistically. 2003’s Finding Nemo, of course, had Pixar animating water, as well as studying how it interacted with light.
Toy Story fans have noticed that the fourth film is a huge jump from the first. Aside from ‘Andy’s “facelift,” the cat in Toy Story 4 looks almost like a real one. The flat, textureless dog in the 1995 film looks almost laughable in comparison.
guh this is so wild. The dog from Toy Story (1995) vs. the cat from Toy Story 4 (2019).— Chappell Ellison ಥᴗಥ ᵗʰⁱˢ ⁱˢ ᶠⁱⁿᵉ (@ChappellTracker) June 25, 2019
Shout out to hair and fur artists, true MVPs of animation. pic.twitter.com/IEPkNHCcjE
A “texture appreciation post” by Facebook page Cinegardians takes a close gander at the easy-to-miss details of Toy Story 4, including the scratches on ‘Buzz Lightyears’s uniform, the frays on ‘Bo Peep’s clothing, and the fuzziness of ‘Forky’s pipe cleaner arms.
When it comes to textures, it seems Pixar isn’t toying around.
[via Cinegardians, images via various sources]
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