Throughout the ages, children have pretended their toys were alive. In 1995, Pixar Studios used that childhood fantasy as the theme for a movie. It was titled Toy Story, and told the tale of a group of living toys. But the toys weren’t just alive. They possessed special powers that their engineering should not have allowed: like carrying out rescue missions for other toys that had gotten lost. As children eventually come to realize, however, the premise of that movie is – of course – false. Toys do not have life, power, or special abilities. They are inanimate objects.