The Manual - How to make a Pixar film

Toy Story, Shrek, The Nightmare Before Christmas... Hollywood has seen its fair share of animated classics, but you don't need Dreamworks' bank balance to put together your own cartoon masterpiece.

Film buffs Xtranormal have devised a piece of film-making freeware, Text-To-Movie, which turns your masterful prose into moving pictures that are acted out by your choice of pre-rendered avatars. Here's one we didn't make earlier: http://tiny.cc/rqems.

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Admittedly, the voices sound like the lovechild of Stephen Hawking and Troy McClure (and the standard of animation is certainly not going to leave John Lasseter quaking in his CGI size nines), but as entertaining distractions go, this is box-office gold.

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