Tin Toy

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Tin Toy is a 1988 Pixar Animation Studios film using computer animation. It was directed by John Lasseter and won the 1989 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

The film takes place in one room and stars the toy of the title, a one-foot high mechanical one-man band, and a baby - the first time a realistic human character had been attempted in a computer-animated film.

At first the toy is delighted at the prospect of being played with by the baby, until he sees how destructive the baby can be. Fleeing beneath the couch, he discovers dozens of other toys who are too terrified to come out. But then the baby falls over and starts crying, and the tin toy decides he has to help no matter what. His antics succeed in cheering the baby up, to the point where the baby picks him up and shakes him violently before throwing him away. Once the toy has recovered from this ordeal he is annoyed to see that the baby has forgotten about him and is now playing with the cardboard box he came out of.

In 2003, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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