Pixar films have dominated the animation community since 1995’s ground-breaking Toy Story; the first feature length film entirely animated using computer technology. In the new millennium, Pixar has managed to maintain their world-famous quality with great success, producing one outstanding film after another, and in effect solidifying their reputation as the most innovative and reliable animation company in the world. Their recent credits include critically acclaimed and monumentally successful films Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E, and Up. These phenomenal films have succeeded in revolutionizing the field of animation; they’ve pushed the genre into entirely new, mysterious directions, and have become as important and influential to the medium as the Disney films of the early 20th century.
Hordes of copy-cat companies soon emerged to capitalize on the incredible success of Pixar, the only notable example being the animation department at Dreamworks studios, who ripped off Pixar’s ‘A Bugs Life’ in 1998 with ‘Antz’. The only legitimately enjoyable film produced by Dreamworks may be Shrek, which proved to be the juggernaut animation series of the new millennium, despite its lackluster sequels.
Overall, this decade has experienced several extremely important innovations in the animation community, and has witnessed an incredible revival in the popularity and credibility of the genre.