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  • On November 22, 1995, Toy Story, the first feature-length film created using computer-generated imagery, was released. Made by Pixar, a Silicon Valley animation studio, Toy Story is a G-rated movie that deals with the adventures of a group of toys, including an outer space action figure, Buzz Lightyear, and a cowboy doll, Woody. Toy Story required 114,000 frames of animation. Pixar used 300 computers to render the film; these machines spent between two and 15 hours to generate each individual frame.
    The arrival of Toy Story signaled an important change in the media landscape. The technology used in the film, very advanced at the time, can now be found in computers used by scientists, educators, and everyday consumers.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    computer Noun

    device designed to access data, perform prescribed tasks at high speed, and display the results.

    consumer Noun

    person who uses a good or service.

    frame Noun

    border around an image.

    generate Verb

    to create or begin.

    landscape Noun

    the geographic features of a region.

    Encyclopedic Entry: landscape
    media Noun

    means of mass communication, such as television or the Internet. Singular: medium.

    render Verb

    to make, or cause to become.

    signal Verb

    to communicate using signs.

    Silicon Valley Noun

    region in central California (mostly Santa Clara County) where the headquarters of many technology companies are located.

    technology Noun

    the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.