22 Rules of Storytelling Pixar Follows in their Movies

22 Rules of Storytelling Pixar Follows in their Movies

When Toy Story hit movie theaters in 1995, it reached for the sky towards infinity and beyond. Not only was it the first fully computer animated feature film, it was the first feature film that Pixar had ever released. It was a big risk and it paid off, both in terms of creative fulfillment in filmmaking and in terms of box office receipts.

Ever since, aside from a handful of mediocre-at-best films, the vast majority of Pixar movies are commercial and critical successes. Aside from using computer animation to its fullest potential and somehow re-perfecting it film after film since 1995, the biggest secret to Pixar’s success is how they tell their stories. If you have studied Pixar’s film library, you probably have noticed certain story paths, patterns, and themes that have become a part of its usually-successful narrative formula. 

After years of presumption and theory, a Pixar storyboard artist, Emma Coats, shared with the public 22 tips, secrets, and techniques that Pixar implements into creating their stories. Here they are.

Once Upon a Time...

Pixar Rules of Storytelling 4 Once upon a time there was Every day, One day Because of that, Because of that, Until finally Once upon a time there was a lonely trash compactor robot. Every day, he collected trash and interesting objects. One day, his routine was interrupted by a flying robot who found a plant. Because of that, the flying robot was abducted by a probe. Because of that, the trash UAL compactor robot chased after the flying robot. Until finally, you have WALL-E. CRACKED.COM

Source: Emma Coats

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