7. Toy Story (1995)
The film that started Pixar’s empire,Toy Story was a unique, original and intelligent movie, which showed that mainstream children’s animation could be more than just an entertaining farce, but it could also reach adults on an intelligent and emotional level. The characters are universal, with Woody’s ‘fall from grace’, Rex’s paranoia, Buzz Lightyear’s pride, Bo Peep’s allure. All the characters represented real human qualities, which also defined the relationships between them. Despite the fights between Woody and Buzz Lightyear, they ultimately need to unite forces to survive the wrath of Sid (the scariest villain of all Pixar films in my books), reflecting the irony of life: the one person you can’t live with, you can’t live without. Not to mention it was the first feature length computer animated film, a catalyst for future animators and animated movies – a significant moment in cinematic history.