With the studio's 13th feature on the way we take stock of the studio's best
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6. "Toy Story" (John Lasseter, 1995)
The film that announced Pixar’s big screen arrival in the summer of 1995 is still one of the very best, most essential, creative and emotional gifts the studio has provided to date. "Toy Story" found its roots in the 1988 short "Tin Toy," but it expanded greatly on that film’s ideas of a child’s relationship with toys and the innovative "what if" of a community of playthings. Spawning a sequel four years later and yet another over a decade after that, the franchise is clearly a flagship and for obvious reasons. It packs one of the studio’s better ensemble casts and a valuable message that goes a long, long way.