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Directed by
John Lasseter 
Writing credits
John Lasseter (story)

Produced by
William Reeves .... producer
Sound Department
Gary Rydstrom .... sound
Visual Effects by
Anthony A. Apodaca .... renderman team (as Tony Apodaca)
Don Conway .... output scanning (as Cosmic Don Conway)
Craig Good .... modeler
Ralph Guggenheim .... output scanning
Pat Hanrahan .... renderman team
Jeff Hilgert .... renderman team
Ken Huey .... systems support
John Lasseter .... modeler
Jim Lawson .... renderman team
Sam Leffler .... renderman team
Jeffrey Mock .... renderman team
Eben Ostby .... modeler
Darwyn Peachey .... renderman team
William Reeves .... modeler
Steven Sequeira .... systems support
Carson L. Silkey .... systems support
Scott Taylor .... systems support
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony A. Apodaca .... best boy (as Tony Apodaca)
Animation Department
Craig Good .... additional animator
John Lasseter .... animator
Eben Ostby .... additional animator
William Reeves .... additional animator
Editorial Department
Craig Good .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Forrest Patten .... music consultant
Other crew
Susan Anderson .... production coordinator
Loren Carpenter .... elf
Ed Catmull .... elf
Ralph Guggenheim .... elf
Ralph Guggenheim .... production coordinator
David Haddick .... film recording consultant
Mark Leather .... elf
Eben Ostby .... technical director
Flip Phillips .... elf
William Reeves .... technical director
David Salesin .... dynamics
Deirdre Warin .... production coordinator
Bill Adams .... very special thanks
Ed Catmull .... very special thanks
Steve Jobs .... very very special thanks
Nancy Kemper .... special thanks
Alvy Ray Smith .... very special thanks
James K. Wilson .... special thanks
Neftalí Álvarez 'El Magnífico' .... special thanks (as Neftali 'El Magnifico' Alvarez)

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Pixar's first attempt at creating a human form with the computer.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The number of panes in the reflection of the window from Tin Toy is inconsistent with the number of panes in the shadow cast on the wooden floor. This was deliberate by the 3D modelers as they wanted a cartoon 'bubble'-like feel to the reflection on Tin Toy and not a realistic one.See more »
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References "Captain Kangaroo" (1955)See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Pixar knows exactly how to portray emotions, which is one of their greatest assets to their films., 30 May 2009
Author: Tommy Nelson from Long Beach, California

"Tin Toy" is a simple short with only two main characters. A little tin toy band member that walks around and plays the symbols is the protagonist, and the destructive little baby is the antagonist. It's a simple story that follows the very childlike statement that "You don't want something unless someone else does." and vice versa.

A little tin toy is lonely. A baby crawls into the room and the tin toy can't wait for the baby to play with it. Soon it finds out this baby is a destructive force, tearing apart and drooling on everything it sees. The tin toy has several changes of heart which end in a bit of a twist ending.

This is one of Pixar's earliest shorts, and the animation is far from perfect. It doesn't have the fluidity seen in their later productions, but you can't blame them, this was '80s computer animation. One thing that Pixar has kept over the years it's their perfect way of portraying emotion. Just through little movements of the face, they give great emotion, which is what this short relies on, as there is no dialogue. It's a good and sweet natured short.

My rating: *** out of ****. 5 mins.

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