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The 1988 short "Tin Toy" marked the first time a character with lifelike bendable arms and knees, surfaces and facial components was animated digitally. The film won an Academy Award for best animated short.
Life as a snowman trapped in a snow-globe blizzard can be tough. For the 1989 short "Knick Knack," creator John Lasseter says he wanted to do something "pure cartoony, like a Chuck Jones cartoon."
In 1997, Pixar released its animated short "Geri's Game." The film marked advances in the ability to animate skin and cloth.