‘Toy Story’ dared to go to infinity ... and beyond

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‘Toy Story’ dared to go to infinity ... and beyond

With its radical animation and existential angst, it started a revolution in children's films

Robbie Collin

Last week, Pixar Animation Studios announced the impending arrival of a new project they’ve been working on in secret. Called Soul, it is scheduled for release this time next year, and is described as (ready for this?) “a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions”.

Soul’s director is Pete Docter, whose previous film played out across the abstract landscape of the human mind, and mulled ideas that had previously nagged at Plato, Aquinas and Descartes. It was called Inside Out. Kids loved it. In other words, mainstream animation has come a long way since the singing princess days – although with Frozen 2 due in December, the singing princesses are still doing fine.

And the enormous recent leaps made by the medium can all be traced back to Pixar...

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