Luxo Jr.

1986, Pixar

This is the one that started Pixar on the road to greatness. Created by John Lasseter right after leaving Industrial Light & Magic, Luxo Jr. set a whole new standard for CGI animation. Winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, the first for a CGI film, it still holds up solidly over 35 years later. Aside from its remarkable technical achievements, the two-minute short demonstrates considerable animation skill by imbuing inanimate objects with easily-recognizable human emotions. Its significance to Pixar is made clear by the fact that Luxo Jr. became their mascot, appearing in the production logo on every film. The illuminating duo also guest-starred in a series of bits for Sesame Street: "Surprise," "Light and Heavy," and "Up and Down."

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