Much of the evolution of Pixar Animation comes in the details. Textures have evolved in amazing ways since Pixar’s first short debuted, and the quality can be seen especially when you compare the first Toy Story to Toy Story 3. The intricacies of any given surface are truly amazing.
The same can be said with just how expressive the faces of Pixar’s characters have become. There’s so much more fluidity and room for subtlety. The eyes especially have evolved to display much more emotion so we don’t get that dead-eyed effect that we saw so often in the motion-capture animated work of Robert Zemeckis.
Seeing all of Pixar’s work in chronological order like this shows how far Pixar has come in a short amount of time, and it’s amazing to see how far they’ve gone in another 30 years.