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Pixar
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"To infinity and beyond!"
Formerly: The Graphics Group of Lucasfilm Computer Division (1979–1986)
Type: Subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios
Founded: 1979; 43 years ago (as Graphics Group)
February 3, 1986; 36 years ago in Richmond, California, United States (as Pixar)
Founder: Edwin Catmull
Alvy Ray Smith
Steve Jobs
Headquarters: 1200 Park Avenue, Emeryville, California, United States
Key people: Jim Morris (President)
Pete Docter (CCO)
Parent: Independent (1986–2006)
Walt Disney Studios (2006–present)
Notable works: See Category:Pixar movies
Website: https://www.pixar.com/


"From the beginning, I kept saying it's not the technology that's going to entertain audiences, it's the story. When you go and see a really great live-action film, you don't walk out and say 'that new Panavision camera was staggering, it made the film so good'. The computer is a tool, and it's in the service of the story."
John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar

Pixar Animation Studios (commonly known as just Pixar or Disney•Pixar in the advertising) is an American computer animation studio known for its critically and commercially successful computer animated feature films. It is based in Emeryville, California, and is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Pixar began in 1979 as part of the Lucasfilm computer division, known as the Graphics Group, before its spin-off as a corporation on February 3, 1986, with funding from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who became its majority shareholder. Disney purchased Pixar in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion by converting each share of Pixar stock to 2.3 shares of Disney stock, a transaction that resulted in Jobs becoming Disney's largest single shareholder at the time. It is a member of Disney's big three animation studios, the other two are Walt Disney Animation Studios and 20th Century Animation (which includes Blue Sky Studios). It also competes with Illumination, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, and Locksmith Animation.

Pixar is best known for its feature films technologically powered by RenderMan, the company's own implementation of the industry-standard RenderMan Interface Specification image-rendering application programming interface. Luxo Jr., a desk lamp from the studio's 1986 short film of the same name, is the studio's mascot, with their first feature film being created in 1995. It is currently one of the main five Disney branches, the other four being the Disney Animated Canon, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and sister company 20th Century Studios.

The studio has earned 21 Academy Awards, 9 Golden Globe Awards, and 11 Grammy Awards, along with numerous other awards and acknowledgments.

Pixar has produced many short films and twenty-six feature films as of 2022, which were all released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through the Walt Disney Pictures banner, so far, with their latest film being released with Lightyear in 2022. Their upcoming slate of films includes Elemental in 2023, Elio and Inside Out 2 both in 2024.

Movies

# Year Title Director Music Rotten Tomatoes fresh rating icon.png Metacritic
Released films
1 1995 Toy Story John Lasseter Randy Newman 100% 95
2 1998 A Bug's Life John Lasseter Randy Newman 92% 77
3 1999 Toy Story 2 John Lasseter Randy Newman 100% 88
4 2001 Monsters, Inc. Pete Docter Randy Newman 96% 79
5 2003 Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton Thomas Newman 99% 90
6 2004 The Incredibles Brad Bird Michael Giacchino 97% 90
7 2006 Cars John Lasseter Randy Newman 74% 73
8 2007 Ratatouille Brad Bird Michael Giacchino 96% 96 (highest)
9 2008 WALL-E Andrew Stanton Thomas Newman 95% 95
10 2009 Up Pete Docter Michael Giacchino 98% 88
11 2010 Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich Randy Newman 98% 92
12 2011 Cars 2 John Lasseter Michael Giacchino 39% 57 (lowest)
13 2012 Brave Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman Patrick Doyle 78% 69
14 2013 Monsters University Dan Scanlon Randy Newman 80% 65
15 2015 Inside Out Pete Docter Michael Giacchino 98% 94
16 2015 The Good Dinosaur Peter Sohn Jeff & Mychael Danna 76% 66
17 2016 Finding Dory Andrew Stanton Thomas Newman 94% 77
18 2017 Cars 3 Brian Fee Randy Newman 69% 59
19 2017 Coco Lee Unkrich Michael Giacchino 97% 81
20 2018 Incredibles 2 Brad Bird Michael Giacchino 93% 80
21 2019 Toy Story 4 Josh Cooley Randy Newman 97% 84
22 2020 Onward Dan Scanlon Jeff & Mychael Danna 88% 61
23 2020 Soul Pete Docter Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross 95% 83
24 2021 Luca Enrico Casarosa Dan Romer 91% 71
25 2022 Turning Red Domee Shi Ludwig Göransson 94% 83
26 2022 Lightyear Angus MacLane Michael Giacchino 75% 61
Upcoming films
27 2023 Elemental Peter Sohn TBA TBA TBA
28 2024 Elio Adrian Molina TBA TBA TBA
29 2024 Inside Out 2 Kelsey Mann TBA TBA TBA

Short movies

Theatrical short films

# Year Title Director Music
Released films
1 1984 The Adventures of André and Wally B. Alvy Ray Smith N/A
2 1986 Luxo Jr. John Lasseter Brian Bennett
3 1987 Red's Dream John Lasseter David Slusser
4 1988 Tin Toy John Lasseter N/A
5 1989 Knick Knack John Lasseter Bobby McFerrin
6 1997 Geri's Game Jan Pinkava Gus Viseur
7 2000 For the Birds Ralph Eggleston Riders in the Sky
8 2003 Boundin' Bud Luckey Bud Luckey
9 2005 One Man Band Andrew Jimenez & Mark Andrews Michael Giacchino
10 2006 Lifted Gary Rydstrom Michael Giacchino
11 2008 Presto Doug Sweetland Scot Stafford
12 2009 Partly Cloudy Peter Sohn Michael Giacchino
13 2010 Day & Night Teddy Newton Michael Giacchino
14 2011 La Luna Enrico Casarosa Michael Giacchino
15 2013 The Blue Umbrella Saschka Unseld Jon Brion
16 2014 Lava James Ford Murphy N/A
17 2015 Sanjay's Super Team Sanjay Patel Mychael Danna
18 2016 Piper Alan Barillaro Adrian Belew
19 2017 Lou Dave Mullins Christophe Beck
20 2018 Bao Domee Shi Toby Chu

SparkShorts films

# Year Title Director Music
Released short films
1 2019 Purl Kristen Lester Pinar Toprak
2 2019 Smash and Grab Brian Larsen Barney Jones
3 2019 Kitbull Rosana Sullivan Andrew Jimenez
4 2019 Float Bobby Rubio Barney Jones
5 2019 Wind Edwin Chang Andrew Jimenez
6 2020 Loop Erica Milsom Mark Orton
7 2020 Out Steven Hunter Jake Monaco
8 2020 Burrow Madeline Sharafian N/A
9 2021 Twenty Something Aphton Corbin ASTU
10 2021 Nona Louis Gonzales Cristy Road Carrera

Shows

# Year Title Creator Music
Released shows
1 2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley Adam Berry
2 2021 Monsters at Work John Lasseter Dominic Lewis
3 2021 Dug Days Bob Peterson Andrea Datzman and Curtis Green
Upcoming shows
4 2022 Cars on the Road Steve Purcell N/A
5 2023 Win or Lose Carrie Hobson and Michael Yates N/A

Why They Go to Infinity and Beyond

Luxo Jr., the official mascot of Pixar.
  1. The first fully computer animated film was created by them in 1995, and to this day, they keep raising the bar high (with some occasional misfires at times, despite what people says) when it comes to animated films for storytelling and concept.
    • Before creating its very own feature film, it created many television commercials and short films, as well as some of the THX trailers with Tex.
  2. Luxo Jr., Pixar's own creation, as their mascot and he's still popular to this day much like Mickey Mouse, who was introduced in the award winning short film Luxo Jr., albeit without the cord and much lighter looking.
  3. Like their counterparts Walt Disney Animation Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, their movies, while mostly child friendly, are still enjoyable enough for everyone to watch without getting bored and they even try to incorporate mature elements in them and aren't afraid to directly show it for target audiences, such as Coral's death in Finding Nemo (despite not being shown on-screen), the premise of Soul, Ernesto de la Cruz's death in Coco, the dead rats in Ratatouille, or the incinerator scene in Toy Story 3. Their films manage to come up with themes relatable and understandable for both young and adult audiences with brilliant execution. Same can be also said for short movies, like theatrical short films and SparkShorts programs. In terms of this, it makes them to have much more mature elements and themes, like scary scenes, death scenes, and even more dark moments and tone, making the animation studios mature story.
  4. They have made fantastic and unique animation for all of their films, with the animation improving and stepping up greatly in each and every feature film (including short films) provided by used Marionette (1995-2011) and Presto (2012-present) for Pixar RenderMan. Even the weakest movie in their filmography, Cars 2, still managed to have stunning animation.
  5. They have plenty of cool and unexpected premises for all of their movies. They are also known for their unique, interesting and creative concepts, including making each films based on the perspective of:
  6. Tons of memorable and awesome characters from all of their feature films:
    • Toy Story: Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear (toy), Jessie, Bo Peep, Mr and Mrs. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex, Slinky Dog, Aliens, Bullseye, Andy, Bonnie, Mr. Pricklepants, Buttercup, Trixie, Dolly, and Peas in a Pod.
    • A Bug's Life: Flik, Princess Atta, Dot, Francis, Heimlich, Slim, Rosie, Manny, Gypsy, Tuck and Roll, Dim, and P.T. Flea.
    • Monsters, Inc.: James P. Sullivan, Mike Wazowski, and Boo.
    • Finding Nemo: Marlin, Nemo, Dory, Gill, Bloat, Peach, Bubbles, Gurgle, Deb and Flo, Jacques, Hank, Destiny, Bailey, and Jenny and Charlie.
    • The Incredibles: Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible, Helen Parr/Elastigirl, Violet Parr, Dash Parr, Jack-Jack Parr, and Lucius Best/Frozone.
    • Cars: Lightning McQueen, Doc Hudson, Sally Carrera, Mater, Ramone, Luigi and Guido, Flo, Sarge, Sherriff, Fillmore, Lizzie, Red, Mack, and Cruz Ramirez.
    • Ratatouille: Remy, Emile, Alfredo Linguini, and Colette Tatou.
    • WALL-E: WALL-E and EVE.
    • Up: Carl Fredricksen, Russell, Dug, and Kevin.
    • Brave: Merida, Queen Elinor, and King Fergus.
    • Inside Out: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Anger, Bing Bong, and Riley Andersen.
    • The Good Dinosaur: Arlo and Spot.
    • Coco: Miguel and Héctor Rivera, Dante, and Mamá Imelda.
    • Onward: Ian Lightfoot and Barley Lightfoot, Laurel Lightfoot, Corey the Manticore, and Colt Bronco.
    • Soul: Joe Gardner and 22.
    • Luca: Luca Paguro, Alberto Scorfano, Daniela and Lorenzo Paguro, and Giulia and Massimo Marcovaldo.
    • Turning Red: Meilin, Ming, and Jin Lee, Priya Mangal, Miriam Mendelsohn, Abby Park, Tyler Nguyen-Baker, and 4*TOWN.
    • Lightyear: Buzz Lightyear (human), Sox, Izzy and Alisha Hawthorne, Mo Marrison, Darby Steel, and Emperor Zurg.
      • In addition, they also have really likable and relatable characters from each different short film:
        • Theatrical short films
        • The Adventures of André and Wally B.: André and Wally B.
        • Luxo Jr.: Luxo Jr. and Sr.
        • Red's Dream: Red and Lumpy
        • Tin Toy: Tinny
        • Knick Knack: Knick the Snowman
        • Geri's Game: Geri
        • For the Birds: Big Bird, Bully, Chipper, Snob and Neurotic
        • Boundin': Lamb and Jackalope
        • One Man Band: Tippy, Bass and Treble
        • Lifted: Stu, Mr. B. and Ernie
        • Presto: Presto DiGiotagione and Alec Azam
        • Partly Cloudy: Gus and Peck
        • Day & Night: Day and Night
        • La Luna: Bambino, Papà and Nonno
        • The Blue Umbrella: Blue and Red
        • Lava: Uku and Lele
        • Sanjay's Super Team: Sanjay and his father
        • Piper: Piper
        • Lou: Lou and J.J
        • Bao: Mom and Bao Kid
        • SparkShorts
        • Purl: Purl and Lacy
        • Smash and Grab: Smash and Grab
        • Kitbull: Kitten and Kitbull
        • Float: Alex and his father
        • Wind: Ellis and his grandma
        • Loop: Renee and Marcus
        • Out: Manuel, Greg, and Mom
        • Burrow: Rabbit
        • Twenty Something: Gia and Nicole
        • Nona: Nona and Renee
  7. The movies usually manage to have excellent voice acting, hiring A-list celebrities in addition to small-time actors to voice the characters, such as Owen Wilson, Tom Hanks, Chris Evans, Tom Holland, and Chris Pratt. In fact, John Ratzenberger even voiced at least one character in every Pixar film up to Onward.
  8. Their films have iconic and fantastic musical original score compositions, often using composers known for live-action films or television productions, in which also makes it debut for Pixar films or non-Pixar films like:
    • Randy Newman (Toy Story and its three sequels, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc. and its prequel, Monsters University, Cars and Cars 3)
    • Thomas Newman (Finding Nemo and its sequel, Finding Dory, and WALL-E)
    • Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles and its sequel, Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2, Inside Out, Coco, and Lightyear)
    • Patrick Doyle (Brave)
    • Mychael & Jeff Danna (The Good Dinosaur and Onward)
    • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, aka Nine Inch Nails (Soul)
    • Dan Romer (Luca)
    • Ludwig Göransson (Turning Red)
      • They also hire composers to contribute with compositions and arrangements as well as songs (including pop-culture songs that were either playing in the official trailer or the actual film) other than original score, such as Jon Batiste for Soul, who created jazz compositions for the film.
  9. Their films manage to have plenty of many heartwarming, tear-jerking, and relatable moments, like the opening scene from Up and Bing Bong's death scene from Inside Out.
  10. They also have lots of theme parks and attractions based on the movie, like Toy Story, A Bug's Life and Cars. In fact, there is even open-air pop-up mini-golf course featuring holes inspired by the stories, characters and icons, called Pixar Putt. You can check here to look the image for the website and Google.
  11. Their opening and closing logo is easily one of the most iconic and recognizable logos of all time, with very nice CGI that still holds up for almost over 25 years later nowadays with remained unchanged and also inspired a meme template. It also has become a fan-favorite and cherished of many people.
    • In addition, The Pixar Square (or The Early Shorts) logo is still well-animated, and it was very advanced for its time, despite that it may look simple.
  12. They often avoid real-world product placements, in which fictional companies are used as placeholders. Examples include Buy-n-Large (BnL) and Dinoco.
  13. Alongside their movies, they also make plenty of great CGI and traditionally-animated short films, with the shorts usually being paired with one of their releases. They also have many awesome SparkShorts short films that have many original concepts and premises and more mature themes and elements, compared to traditional Pixar feature film productions, which are premiered and available on Disney+.
  14. Most films (with the exception of The Good Dinosaur) have interesting teaser trailers that consist of footage created specifically for the trailer, spotlighting certain central characters in a comical situation. Though similar scenes and situations may appear, these sequences are not in the films being advertised, but instead are original creations. They basically get us introduced to certain characters, starting with A Bug's Life.
  15. Plenty of easter eggs for all of their movies, such as the famous Pizza Planet Truck (with The Incredibles being the only film to exclude it), the iconic Pixar ball (with being the only film to exclude it), and A113. There are also many easter eggs that tease an upcoming movie as well.
  16. Most of the movies spawned exciting tie-in games, like the video game adaptation of Cars 2, which is considered better than the movie and how it should have been done like. Also, they made their first LEGO video game based on the two Incredibles films.
  17. They are very well-known for animating effects that resemble something from a live-action movie, like this video of Moana showing two Pixar employees Kyle Odermatt and Brian Tong, explaining how they figured out how to animate water more realistically.
  18. Many villains, despite not being actual evil, are really awesome and entertaining that often steals the show everytime whenever they appeared onscreen and don't overused the generic goals, like "generic doomsday villain" trope. Special mentions go out to Buddy Pine/Syndrome, Lotso Huggin' Bear, Hopper, Randall Boggs, Ercole Visconti, Charles F. Muntz, Al McWhiggin and Stinky Pete, Ernesto De La Cruz.
  19. They spawned three TV shows: Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Monsters at Work, and Dug Days. More shows are planned to come, like Cars On The Road in Fall 2022 and original show entitled Win or Lose in Fall 2023, both of which will be released on Disney+.
  20. Their films actually put the bittersweet ending trope to pretty good use. Its common in most Pixar movies for the main protagonist(s) to not get what they want but, through support from others and learning how to deal with it, manage to get over their troubles and continue on with their lives.
  21. Unlike most other animation studios today, they rarely make sequels to their films, and instead focus on making original stories and concept projects during the decades of the mid-1990s, 2000s, and 2020s. When they do, the sequels are mostly well-received as with their predecessor, at times even better. A big example would be Toy Story 2.
  22. Their movies and short films were heavily inspired of director's real-life whenever the childhood or the siblings and parents. Take Onward, Luca, Turning Red, Elemental, Partly Cloudy, and Sanjay's Super Team for example. It can be viewed if Pixar wants to make the feature film and shows as autobiographical.
  23. It got its own website. If you want to look more story history about the events for Pixar, than click here to see how people might know. You can also go to feature movies, short films (like theatrical shorts, Disney+, SparkShorts, Cars Toons, Toy Story Toons and home entertainment), technology (like Renderman and Graphic Technologies), careers and the list goes on.
  24. Unlike most animation studios of today (and just like its counterpart Walt Disney Animation Studios), Pixar still continues to make original stories and concept projects to blend in with various genres, cultures, inspiration of director's real-life, and elements that don't stay too much on the generic wacky comedy genre, littered with product placement, pandering to younger audiences, or trying to be hip and cool, as well as not focusing on the idea for setting up a Cinematic Universe for each franchise (despite The Pixar Theory people are setting up).
  25. They are also known for making their characters act and feel a lot more complex and human and not portray any of them to act like flat one-dimensional stereotypes, and most of their movies usually do not have actual villains, as not all antagonists are evil (even if they are a main antagonist), like a villain is someone who is evil and intends to do the wrong thing on purpose. This stems from the infamous "Black Friday Reel" of Toy Story where Woody was originally made to be a jerk, causing them to rework the film and rethink their film-making model to became likable. If you want to read about it, check out here why the antagonists aren't evil and instead acting like hero.
  26. They did a great job at respecting countries cultural in movies that take place outside of United States. Take Coco, Luca, Brave, Turning Red, and Ratatouille for example, set in Mexico, Italy, Scotland, Canada, and France respectively.
  27. Some of their films have awesome and interesting post credit scenes after the credits such as Cars 1 (two vans are lost in the desert) & 3 (Mater geting a call when singing), Brave (Crow sends someone a delivery), Finding Dory (The Tank Gang from the last film making their way to the aquarium, before getting captured again), Soul (Terry breaking the fourth wall and asking viewers to "go home"), Luca (Ugo talking to a fish), and Turning Red (Jin jamming to music).
  28. Their logo variations are really amazing and creative. For example; in WALL-E, Luxo Jr.'s light bulb shorts out. Then, WALL-E comes in and changed the bulb. He then leaves, but accidentally knocks down. He looks at the fallen "R", and then hides his head, clasps his "hands" and puts down his door to make an "R" shape.
    • Another example is that in the opening logo of Toy Story 4, the logo plays as normal, but "ANIMATION STUDIOS" is already present, and when Luxo Jr. faces the camera, it starts to rain. The screen turns dark, with the lamp's light shining through the rain until lightning flashes, transitioning into the opening scene, and in the closing logo, Duke Caboom replaces Luxo Jr. in the Pixar logo after the credits, rides in on his motorcycle and bounces the "I" down with it. Then, a Combat Carl toy (whom Woody left hanging for a high-five earlier in the film) enters from the left and finally gets a high-five from Duke that didn't get high-fived back at the beginning of the film, as Luxo's "light switch", at which the logo instantly cuts to black.
    • Another example is in Incredibles 2, where the background is red and Luxo Jr. is black, referencing the Incredibles suit design.
  29. They have many respected employees who work or worked at the studio, like Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, Peter Sohn, Dan Scanlon, Enrico Casarosa, Domee Shi, Angus MacLane, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, the late Joe Ranft, Bob Peterson, Aphton Corbin, Brian Fee, Kristen Lester, Rosana Sullivan, the late Bud Luckey and many more.
  30. Their movies tend to have exciting and interesting climaxes and third act. For example, in Monsters University, there was the scene with human world near the end of the film where Mike and Sulley decide to escape for human world with Sulley scaring the camp rangers, due to being the natural born scarer, as they returned back to monsters world before the door explodes, and it is the point in the film where it truly becomes like something Pixar made this. This also turns a relatively average film into being good and highly underrated.
    • Another example is in Toy Story, in Woody ignites "The Big One" on Buzz's back and throws RC into the moving "Eggman" truck before they soar into the air. Buzz opens his wings to free himself from "The Big One" before it explodes, gliding with Woody to safely land into a box in the car, right next to Andy.
    • Another example is that in The Good Dinosaur, Arlo takes on the pterosaurs by knocking the first four into the river, and then letting out a roar powerful enough to push Thunderclap away before Spot tears into his wing off. Thunderclap tries to flee, but its too late when Arlo throws a branch at him and knocks him into the river.
  31. Even if its emotional and darker moments, there are plenty of funny and lighter moments without getting too much gross-up humor, like the scene where McQueen has the nightmare about Frank winning the race for the first time in Cars.
  32. They tend to use some different art styles on some movies. Take The Incredibles and Ratatouille for example due to the art style having some reminiscence to Brad Bird's art style seen in The Iron Giant. The same can be said about Luca having an art style reminisent to Studio Ghibli's anime films and Turning Red having some anime influence on the designs.
    • In terms of that, the short films have different art styles, like in Day & Night where it combines 2D and 3D elements and in Kitbull where it contains fully traditionally-animated artstyle. Even the art styles background of For the Birds is painted.
  33. There movies have good messages or lesson that can be found within:
    • Toy Story teaches the audiences about not to abuse the toys and does not go against anyone else who took your spot.
    • A Bug's Life drops anvils about brainstorming, teamwork, questioning authority, standing up for your beliefs, and the price of oppressing a population.
    • Monsters, Inc. dropped the anvil that there's no need to be afraid of your closet. It also contains the hard truth aesop that you can still fail even with hard work and trying your hardest.
    • Finding Nemo has the message about trust people who are trying to help and if we let go and go with the flow, all will be ok.
    • The Incredibles has some major messages on both the strength of family and the individual vs. a homogenizing society.
    • Cars teaches the message about it's just an empty cup, when it goes back to help finish the last race.
    • Ratatouille focus the lessons from audiences about not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.
    • WALL•E gave the viewers a few, like "Get up and do something" and "Corporate culture shouldn't tell you how to live your life".
    • Up has two important messages:
      • The first is "don't ignore what's really important by clinging to your regrets", which Carl learns when he realizes that his house and the associated memories don't matter as much as the people in his life right now.
      • The second is that "life is unfair, but you can't let that ruin your chances at being happy". Carl never took Ellie to Paradise Falls, Russell never sees his dad again, and Muntz had his reputation destroyed. It's sad, but it's not the end of the world. Carl and Russell instead move on with their lives and find happiness regardless, while Muntz becomes corrupted by his own bitterness.
    • Brave says that being stubborn and not trying to understand the viewpoint of someone you disagree with will cause problems, especially because their reasons might be deeper than you think. The whole plot of the movie began because neither Merida nor Elinor tried to understand what the other wanted; Elinor kept trying to force Merida to do what she wanted while Merida continued to defy what she was told. It is only by compromising and both of them realizing the other had valid points that they were able to come together.
    • Inside Out has two message:
      • While it may suck at some points to be afraid, sad, etc., and the complications of other emotions can seemingly make life difficult, there's more to life than just being happy.
      • It is alright to cry and/or feel sad sometimes. There are many, many people who feel that you need to be happy all the time, and even some people who believe that if you aren't always happy then there's something wrong with you. Those are the people who need this anvil.
    • The Good Dinosaur has the message about it is okay to be scared. You can't live without fear, but you can overcome it. The two ultimately develop a relationship that we all can relate to.
      • There is one more thing about the message: Parents are a part of you, but you also have the choice to be your own person. You even have the choice to be someone better than them.
    • Coco has four lessons:
      • No matter how long somebody has been famous, it does not make their wrong-doings right. Sooner or later, they've got to face the music. And a responsible fan does not turn a blind eye to what they did wrong. Alternatively, Family is more important than fame because fans are fickle and will turn on a celebrity for the slightest misdeed.
      • Death doesn't have to be sad or scary; it can be a celebration and a reinforcement of how much people love you and miss you. What one should actually be scared of is being hated or forgotten, even after you pass away.
      • While its understandable to be angry at someone who wronged you, do not let grudges consume you. Cursing and wishing the worst of them is something that you will likely regret later. Imelda had to learn this the hard way.
      • Although there's nothing wrong with following one's dream, sometimes there are more important priorities than ambition, like family and loved ones.
    • Onward holds a strong message about sibling love and personal growth.
    • Soul teaches the audience how having a singular passion or purpose in life is great, but it's not the same as living, nor is it the one thing about your life that can/should make you happy. It's the little things in-between the exciting ones that make life worth living.
    • Luca emphasizes the common societal fear of struggling to fit in and discovering oneself.
    • Turning Red brought to light the burden that most second-generation migrants and Asian children face with their families.
  34. 29 feature films that Pixar has been created and produced, including shows, theatrical shorts films and SparkShorts for decades:
    • 1980s: The Adventures of André and Wally B., Luxo Jr., Red's Dream, Tin Toy, and Knick Knack.
    • 1990s: Toy Story, Geri's Game, A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2.
    • 2000s: For the Birds, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Boundin', The Incredibles, One Man Band, Cars, Lifted, Ratatouille, Presto, WALL-E, Partly Cloudy and Up.
    • 2010s: Day & Night, Toy Story 3, La Luna, Cars 2, Brave, The Blue Umbrella, Monsters University, Lava, Sanjay's Super Team, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Piper, Finding Dory, Lou, Cars 3, Coco, Bao, Incredibles 2, Purl, Smash and Grab, Kitbull, Toy Story 4, Float, and Wind.
    • 2020s: Loop, Onward, Out, Burrow, Soul, Luca, Monsters At Work, Dug Days, Twenty Something, Nona, Turning Red, Lightyear, Cars on the Road, Elemental, Win or Lose, Elio and Inside Out 2.

Bad Qualities

  1. Cars 2 and Lightyear are arguably the weakest Pixar films so far, with the former has Mater as the main protagonist instead of Lighting McQueen, the story barely focusing on racing in favor of a spy plot, the main characters being very underutilized and underdeveloped, and contains many character deaths (25 to be exact), despite being rated G instead of a much safer PG. Lightyear on the other hand had wasted potential where it felt off due to Buzz being depicted as a decisive character, a confusing plot, and having some continuity issues with Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
    • Brave and The Good Dinosaur, while still good, are normally considered the weakest of all of Pixar's good films as they have rather clichéd plots (despite having an interesting concept and clever premise), and most of the main characters, while decent and have decent character development, don't really live up to the best Pixar protagonist standards.
    • Monsters at Work had only 2 bad episodes so far, which are "The Cover Up" and "The Vending Machine".
  2. While most of their films were box-office hits, only three of them underperformed or bombed at the box-office either due to poor marketing or the fact that audiences would rather watch other films in theatres, those being The Good Dinosaur, Onward, and Lightyear (as of now). Onward, however, can be justified, considering that it premiered at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Some people have perceived a decline in quality throughout the 2010s (mostly from 2011-2015), even to the point where Monsters University felt somewhat unoriginal.
  4. Back then, Pixar filed a lawsuit with Nintendo over the SNES game Uniracers due to the company claiming that the unicycles are carbon copies of the unicycle character from Red's Dream even though Nintendo stated that the unicycles in Uniracers are based on the real life unicycles and not the main character from the said Pixar short. Thanks to Pixar winning, they are the reason why Uniracers never got any refrences or re-releases via Nintendo Switch Online or Virtual Console even though they are just generic unicycles.

Reception

All of their movies and the studio itself have received almost critical acclaim for its animation, dark tone, voice acting, soundtrack, use of mature elements and original storyline (except Lightyear which was criticized for screenplay and perceived predictability) and concept as well as inspiration of director's real-life and earned "fresh" certification on Rotten Tomatoes, with the exception of Cars 2 and Lightyear, which received mixed reviews and the former was criticized for using the G rating, being their first and only movie to earn "rotten" certification on Rotten Tomatoes to date. No film with negative reception has ever come out yet until the release of Lightyear.

Pixar has a strong legacy with its reach on many different generations. Its emotional depth combined with its playfulness integrated in a cutting-edge technology has left it with a lasting legacy among children and adult viewers. With Pixar's success, many have considered it an integral part of what it means to be a child, which may contribute to its popularity in an often-separate adult audience. From the 1990s to the present, Pixar movies have become a central force in animation. Discover Magazine wrote: "The message hidden inside Pixar’s magnificent films is this: humanity does not have a monopoly on personhood. In whatever form non- or super-human intelligence takes, it will need brave souls on both sides to defend what is right. If we can live up to this burden, humanity and the world we live in will be better for it."

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Trivia

All of Pixar's film logos, done with different art styles.
  1. The logos from each Pixar franchise or single installment have a different artstyle.
  2. Unlike other non-Premier Access content, Pixar films premiering on Disney+ (Soul, Luca and Turning Red) are also made available on physical media (DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD) and VOD platforms later on for a few months, and broadcast on television approximately two years later.
  3. On Pixar's website when making a film, it says that the cleaner's line from Toy Story 2, "You can't rush art," is true at Pixar where films go through four stages: development, creating the storyline; pre-production, addressing technical challenges; production, making the film; and post-production, "polishing" the final product, despite the troubled production.
  4. All Pixar films feature a common theme: the setting of the film is always a world in which people/creatures/objects that are not commonly thought to have normal everyday lives in societies resembling modern American society. For example:
    1. Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, and Toy Story 4 — Toys come to life and have adventures when their owners are away.
    2. A Bug's Life — Insects live in harmony and have their own hierarchy and tiny little cities.
    3. Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University — Horrifying and hilarious monsters live everyday lives in their own community. Scaring or amusing kids is just their day job.
    4. Finding Nemo and Finding Dory — The ocean, like Earth's land mass, has its own cities, schools, and communities ruled by fish.
    5. The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 — Superheroes live among us and take ordinary jobs and have ordinary problems, such as having a greedy boss or a troublemaking son.
    6. Cars, Cars 2, and Cars 3 — Cars, trucks, and vans live by themselves and there are no humans.
    7. Ratatouille — A rat visits Paris and wants to cook with a busboy.
    8. WALL-E — A little robot finds adventure in space.
    9. Up — An old man's house gets lifted by balloons and finds adventure.
    10. Brave — In a kingdom, a rebellious princess wants to live as freely as she desires.
    11. Inside Out and Inside Out 2 — Taking place inside a girl's mind, five emotions have conflict helping her adjust to a new life in a new place.
    12. The Good Dinosaur — A young dinosaur tries to find his way home with the help of a strange caveboy.
    13. Coco — A living boy ends up in the Land of the Dead, a place where people live as skeletons after they die.
    14. Onward — Takes place in a world consisting of fantasy creatures that depended on modern appliances and abandons magic.
    15. Soul — A jazz performer's soul tries to get back into his original body after an accident, while also helping a newborn soul find their spark.
    16. Luca — A young sea monster explores the surface above the ocean and shape shifts into a human.
    17. Turning Red — A confident thirteen-year-old "poofs" into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited or angry due to her ancestor's mystical connection with red pandas.
    18. Lightyear — Buzz Lightyear, a young astronaut, tries to find a way back home through space and time, while also confronting a threat to the universe's safety after being marooned on a hostile planet.
    19. Elemental — The elements of fire, water, earth and air live together in a world separated of the Earth.
    20. Elio - an 11-years old child who can't fit in finds himself transported across the galaxy and is mistaken for the intergalactic ambassador of our planet Earth.
  5. Pixar has occasionally released two movies in a single year:
    1. 2015 has Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur.
    2. 2017 has Cars 3 and Coco.
    3. 2020 has Onward and Soul.
    4. 2022 has Turning Red and Lightyear.
    5. 2024 has Elio and Inside Out 2.
  6. 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2014 are the only years without a Pixar film released.
  7. Outside of co-director, who is a different credit than director, each movie has a credited director for the pattern:
    1. John Lasseter: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Cars and Cars 2
    2. Pete Docter: Monsters, Inc., Up, Inside Out and Soul
    3. Andrew Stanton: Finding Nemo, WALL•E and Finding Dory
    4. Brad Bird: The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Incredibles 2
    5. Lee Unkrich: Toy Story 3 and Coco
    6. Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman: Brave
    7. Dan Scanlon: Monsters University and Onward
    8. Peter Sohn: The Good Dinosaur and Elemental
    9. Brian Fee: Cars 3
    10. Josh Cooley: Toy Story 4
    11. Enrico Casarosa: Luca
    12. Domee Shi: Turning Red
    13. Angus MacLane: Lightyear
    14. Adrian Molina: Elio
    15. Kelsey Mann: Inside Out 2
  8. Most teaser trailers for Pixar films, with the exceptions of the first Toy Story and The Good Dinosaur, consist of footage created specifically for the trailer, spotlighting certain central characters in a comic situation. Though similar scenes and situations may appear, these sequences are not in the films being advertised, but instead are original creations. They basically get us introduced to certain characters. For example:
    1. A Bug's Life: All the insects from the circus troupe and Flik gather onto a leaf right before Heimlich bites the end of it off, causing them to fall.
    2. Toy Story 2: The green alien toys come up to a center with the claw coming down. First, the claw was carrying down Toy Story with the aliens doing their trademark "Oooh". Second, the claw brings down a "2" and with the aliens turning around and looking at the audience and saying "Twoooo". Then Woody and Buzz come up with little greetings.
    3. Monsters, Inc.: Sulley and Mike stumble into the wrong bedroom (also, in a preview show before the first Harry Potter film, Sulley is shown playing charades with Mike, but Mike is unable to guess the phrase "Harry Potter", but the end states that Monsters, Inc. is playing right next door).
    4. Finding Nemo: Marlin asks the school of fish for directions and Dory scares them away.
    5. The Incredibles: An out-of-shape Mr. Incredible struggles to get his belt on.
    6. Cars: Mater, a rusty tow truck, talks to Lightning McQueen after hitting and killing a baby bumblebee.
    7. Ratatouille: Remy, a grayish-blue rat, is caught red-handed on the cheese trolley in the restaurant's dining area, sampling a piece of cheese by a food café and barely escaping the establishment, intercut with separate scenes of the rat explaining directly to the audience why he is taking such risks.
    8. WALL•E: Andrew Stanton talks about a time when they went to lunch in the summer of 1994 and had great ideas (Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and WALL-E) WALL•E pops out of his yellow body. Then, he makes a cube out of trash. Then, when he puts the cube into a cube of trash square, he looks up at the sky turning to night. Then he says "WALL•E (Walla-Eee!)"
    9. Up: A bunch of balloons lift a house and in the house we see Carl sitting on the front porch. He says "Afternoon".
    10. Toy Story 3: All the toys in Andy's bedroom look like they're building something. Then they show that they have built the Toy Story 3 logo. Then Woody bumps into Buzz, who has built a more refined logo. Later, Woody puts up a set of magnets that say "June 18, 2010" (the release date). Then when Woody leaves, Buzz puts up another refined logo, and Woody; who is off-screen says, "I saw that!", then Buzz leaves nervously.
    11. Cars 2: Lightning McQueen and Mater are caught in red lasers.
    12. Brave: Merida, in her normal dress, stumbles into the hall of stones alone, sensing Mor'du's presence from a distance as she prepares to attack.
    13. Monsters University: Sulley invites all the students of MU and they start throwing a party in Mike's room, much to Mike's dismay as he is used as a disco ball. There are four different versions of this where Mike says something different in his sleep.
    14. Inside Out: The characters from Pixar's previous films display their emotions. Then Joy introduces herself, Anger, Fear, Sadness, and Disgust and they are seen doing a group hug in Riley's mind.
    15. Finding Dory: The scene where Dory sleep-swims is played out differently, and she sleep swims further than in the film.
    16. Cars 3: Lightning McQueen's crash in the Los Angeles 500 race takes place during daytime and is grittier.
    17. Coco: Dante gets a bone which brings him to a painful adventure to Santa Cecilia's graveyard, A visitor from the Land of the Dead takes the bone. Dante then chases the skeleton. The short ends with the skeleton walking away while dragging the xolo who clings to him via the femur bone.
    18. Incredibles 2: The animation of Jack-Jack using his eye lasers is used in creating the logo. Later, the scene where Bob Parr discovers Jack-Jack's powers takes place in the living room and a portion of his hair is cut by Jack-Jack's laser, which was not seen in the film.
    19. Toy Story 4: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Hamm, one of the aliens, Slinky, and Forky move in a circle while holding hands until Forky panics about not belonging here and breaks from the circle, causing the other toys to crash into each other in the slow-motion sequence.
    20. Onward: Ian has to fend off winged unicorns as he takes out the trash, before joining his brother on a quest (which he preferred to have it be a small errand).
    21. Soul: 22 does a funny cowboy dance after Joe's question on "What would you like to be remembered for?", which disappoints him.
    22. Luca: A brief scene of Ercole spotting something in the water, which he says to Guido "Did you see that?"
    23. Turning Red: Upon getting excited for turn to human, Mei accidentally turns into red panda.
    24. Lightyear: Has three pieces of footage not in the movie:
      1. Buzz and Commander Burnside look down on the spaceship from a balcony.
      2. Buzz glances upon his timeless Space Ranger suit, looking determined.
      3. In their Space Ranger suits, Alisha says "To infinity...", with Buzz replying "And..." before touching each other's finger.
    25. Elemental: TBA. The trailer has not been released yet.
  9. Some of Pixar's notorious Easter eggs are references to Pixar films that were still in production at the time of release, making them references to upcoming Pixar films. Although it hasn't been as consistent as some of their other Easter eggs, in recent years it has become a tradition for Pixar to put in each of their films a cameo of or an allusion to a character from their following film. The first Toy Story is the only film not to have a reference to an upcoming film.
    1. A Bug's Life - Woody makes a cameo in one of the alternate outtakes during the end credits, an allusion to Toy Story 2.
    2. Toy Story 2 - Geri the repairman has a drawer of loose eyeballs, a reference to monster Ted Pauley in Monsters, Inc. when Ted grabs a handful of loose eyeballs and attaches them to his face.
    3. Monsters, Inc. - Clownfish, the main characters of Finding Nemo, are depicted three times:
      1. Harryhausen's has a painted mural featuring a clownfish.
      2. A Nemo model is seen hanging in the trailer where Randall is banished.
      3. Boo gives Sulley a Nemo toy.
    4. Finding Nemo has allusions to the two films that followed it:
      1. A boy in the dentist's waiting room is reading a Mr. Incredible comic book, a reference to The Incredibles.
      2. A non-anthropomorphic version of Luigi from Cars drives by when the tank gang finally escapes.
    5. The Incredibles - A non-anthropomorphic version of Doc Hudson from Cars is parked in a street of Metroville during the final battle.
    6. Cars - Whitewall Tires from Luigi's Shop are the Same ones from Carl and Ellie's truck from Up.
    7. Ratatouille:
      1. A shadow of Dug from Up is seen when Remy wanders in an apartment.
      2. Hal, from WALL•E, also makes a cameo.
    8. Your Friend the Rat - WALL•E from the film of the same name is the driver of the vehicle on Mars. This reference is unique as this was in a short, not a movie.
    9. WALL•E - Carl Fredricksen's walking stick from Up can be seen upside down (with the tennis balls attached to the feet) on two occasions. Firstly, when WALL•E is about to pull across the magnifying screen the walker is sitting behind the iPod. Secondly, when WALL•E falls down from the ceiling of his truck (after being knocked there by EVE), he collides with the walker.
    10. Up - Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear from Toy Story 3 is placed next to the bed of a little girl.
    11. Toy Story 3:
      1. Finn McMissile from Cars 2 is featured on a poster in Andy's room.
      2. Also in Andy's room is a "Newt Xing" sign, an allusion to newt. Even though newt was canceled, it had been set to be released in 2012 (two years after Toy Story 3), and as such, this was technically a reference to an upcoming film.
    12. Cars 2 - A car-ified version of the DunBroch family tapestry from Brave appears in the Ye Left Turn Inn in London.
    13. Brave - A wood engraving of Sulley appears in the witch's hut. Although Sulley is an original character from Monsters, Inc., this cameo was advertised as an allusion to Monsters University.
    14. Monsters University - Toy versions of dinosaur characters from The Good Dinosaur appear in the Scare simulators used for the final event of the Scare Games.
    15. Toy Story of Terror - The paintings hung in the motel room depict dinosaurs under a tree, another allusion to The Good Dinosaur.
    16. Toy Story That Time Forgot - According to director Steve Purcell, the three posters in Mason's gaming room were allusions to three of Pixar's then-upcoming films: Inside Out, Cars 3 and Coco.
    17. Inside Out - Giant statues of Forrest Woodbush and Arlo from The Good Dinosaur are seen in Riley's memories of the road trip to San Francisco.
    18. The Good Dinosaur - Hank from Finding Dory appears at the bottom of the water when Arlo learns to swim.
    19. Finding Dory - The driver of the truck heading for Cleveland at the end of the film has a Band-Aid with an image of Lightning McQueen on his right hand, in honor of Cars 3.
    20. Cars 3:
      1. The image Cruz Ramirez displays to motivate a homesick trainee named Gabriel is the Santa Cecilia Grave from Coco.
      2. The Shiny Guitar from Coco is hung on the wall behind the band playing at the Cotter Pin Bar at Thomasville.
    21. Coco: As Miguel and Hector are on their way to the Land of the Dead talent show, an Incredibles poster is briefly seen, an allusion to Incredibles 2.
    22. Incredibles 2:
      1. Woody's hat appears on a billboard when Elastigirl swings to one of the Ambassador's helicopters, an allusion to Toy Story 4.
      2. A Duke Caboom action figure from Toy Story 4 is seen in Jack-Jack's playpen.
    23. Toy Story 4 - The pegasus on the side of Barley Lightfoot's van is seen on the bouncy castle at the carnival, an allusion to Onward.
    24. Onward - When Colt Bronco knocks over Barley Lightfoot's Quests of Yore board game, in the left side on a bookshelf, you can see a music album of Dorothea Williams, a human jazz performer in the Pixar film, Soul.
    25. Soul - A poster on a travel agency's window reads "Visit Portorosso", a major location in Luca.
    26. Luca - There is an Italian record player in Giulia's bedroom that says "4 (Star) Villaggi," a reference to the boy band 4 (Star) TOWN in Turning Red.
    27. Monsters at Work - In episode 3, a toy red panda is seen, an allusion to Turning Red.
    28. Turning Red - Two stickers on Miriam's skateboard can be seen in the beginning of the film, both allusions to Lightyear:
      1. The Star Command logo.
      2. A toy cat resembling Sox, a character from the upcoming film.
    29. Lightyear - Bottles in the vending machine are called "Wade Water", an allision to Elemental. Wade is one of two protagonists in that upcoming movie, the other being Ember.
    30. Elemental — TBA.
    31. Elio — TBA.
    32. Inside Out 2 — TBA.
  10. The Pizza Planet Truck which featured prominently in Toy Story appears in each of the Pixar films, except The Incredibles (although it did appear in the video game). The truck is noticeable for only showing the letters "Yo" (the only letters left from the car's brand; "Gyoza"- Gyoza is a Chinese Food/dish, not "Toyota" as is commonly thought). In the Cars franchise, the Pizza Planet Truck is named Todd (who does not speak).
    1. Toy Story: Buzz and Woody get to Pizza Planet in this truck so they can catch up to Andy and his family.
    2. A Bug's Life: As the two bugs are talking about seeing the light, the truck can be seen on-screen.
    3. Toy Story 2: The toys steal and drive the truck to the airport in order to save Woody.
    4. Monsters, Inc.: At the end of the movie, Randall is thrown through a door and ends up in a caravan where he is mistaken for a gator. The caravan is next to the Pizza Planet truck. It also happens to be the same place as the one with the bugs (above).
    5. Finding Nemo: While the escape plan is being shown, as the bags of water cross the road, the truck drives past.
    6. The Incredibles (video game): The truck is seen in the level where Dash has 10 minutes to run to school, before its too late.
    7. Cars: Todd is seen in the Life is a Highway scene, and is also next to the Elvis car where Bob Cutlass and Darrell Cartrip are talking about the race towards the end of the film.
    8. Ratatouille: The truck is seen driving in the background of the sequence where Remy is chased by Skinner.
    9. WALL•E: Eve looks in the engine while she is looking for the plant.
    10. Up: It is shown parked next to the sidewalk in the city as Carl's house is floating above.
    11. Toy Story 3: Lotso, Chuckles, and Big Baby ride on a Pizza Planet truck's rear bumper in the rain at night to get from Daisy's house to Sunnyside.
    12. Cars 2: Todd is attending to the Radiator Springs Grand Prix. He also appears in the background of a triptych poster of the movie, in front of Buckingham Palace.
    13. Brave: The truck is a wooden carving in the Witch's cottage.
    14. Monsters University: The Pizza Planet truck is parked outside the first house party.
    15. Inside Out: In a memory orb that Bing-Bong knocks down, in a memory orb that Bing-Bong holds on the Train of Thought, and in several memory orbs at headquarters during the time Riley is trying out for hockey.
    16. The Good Dinosaur: There is an asteroid shaped like it in outer space at the beginning of the film.
    17. Finding Dory: It is shown underwater during the giant squid chase scene.
    18. Cars 3: Todd is seen participating in the demolition derby race, losing his rocket topper in the process.
    19. Coco: The truck is seen passing by the Riveras' during the "no music" montage.
    20. Incredibles 2: The truck is stylized in 60s style and is seen outside the apartment where Screenslaver resides.
    21. Toy Story 4: The truck is seen in the form of a tattoo on Axel the Carnie's leg.
    22. Onward: At the tollgate when Ian and Barley start their adventure by heading to the Manticore's Tavern. The text on the rocket reads "Pizza Realm", as to keep in tone with the fantasy theme.
    23. Soul: The truck is seen when Joe and 22 enter the Hall of Everything.
    24. Luca: The truck is seen as a three-wheeled pickup truck in the scene when Ercole is chasing Luca and Alberto during the triathlon.
    25. Turning Red: The truck is seen when Mei is going to the Skydome in the traffic scene.
    26. Lightyear: The truck is seen as futuristic pickup truck when Buzz and Sox are escaping from security guards while driving to the Space Ranger ship.
    27. Elemental: TBA
    28. Elio — TBA.
    29. Inside Out 2 — TBA.
  11. Each Pixar's films have a recurring theme of self-improvement.
  12. For the DVD menu, each movie either has a still image of the poster or a unique menu depicting a primary location, sometimes showing clips from the movie. Walt Disney Animation Studios and 20th Century Studios use a similar concept since November 2020, which is the poster, DVD cover, or a main character with the menu on the right or left.
    1. Toy Story has a still image of the poster depicting Buzz Lightyear with Woody.
    2. A Bug's Life has a still image of the poster depicting Flik.
    3. Toy Story 2 has a still image of the poster depicting Buzz Lightyear and Woody again, but with different backgrounds and render.
    4. Monsters, Inc. has a unique menu depicting a door being opened with stylized monsters with the 2D animated opening credits style.
    5. Finding Nemo has a unique menu depicting Nemo and Marlin's home in the Great Barrier Reef (Marlin and Coral's home in the 2012 DVD release).
    6. The Incredibles has a unique menu depicting a black 2D model of Mr. Incredible in front of a red background.
    7. Cars has a unique menu depicting Lightning McQueen racing in Piston Cup, showing the clips from the movie.
    8. Ratatouille has a unique menu depicting the kitchen with the 2D animated style.
    9. WALL•E has a unique menu depicting WALL•E's eye screen for various backgrounds.
    10. Up has a unique menu depicting Carl's house with many balloons beyond the clouds with the 2D animated style.
    11. Toy Story 3 has a unique menu depicting words being written on a whiteboard, with photos containing clips from the movie in Andy's room.
    12. Cars 2 has a unique menu depicting the racers from the World Grand Prix, along with Mater, where each of them will change to another character and country.
    13. Brave has a unique menu depicting the bow and arrow on with the stone.
    14. Monsters University has a unique menu depicting the entrance of Monsters University.
    15. Inside Out has a unique menu depicting blue backgrounds with various designs of each emotion's color circle.
    16. The Good Dinosaur has a unique menu depicting the various of landscapes that were shown at the end credits.
    17. Finding Dory has a unique menu depicting the scene where Dory looks wanders off and gets caught in the migration for stingray migration.
    18. Cars 3 has a unique menu depicting the Florida 500 racetrack.
    19. Coco has a unique menu depicting the Land of the Dead.
    20. Incredibles 2 has a unique menu depicting the scene with the 2D animated ending credits style.
    21. Toy Story 4 has a unique menu depicting Axel jamming with his headphones on, with Buzz Lightyear stuck in the carnival booth.
    22. Onward has a unique menu depicting the scene where Ian and Barley heads out into the bridge.
    23. Soul has a unique menu depicting The Great Before, after Joe Gardner enters and runs.
    24. Luca has a unique menu depicting Portorosso on the Italian Riviera.
    25. Turning Red has a unique menu depicting the city of Toronto at nighttime.
    26. Lightyear has a unique menu depicting the blue technology map screens.
    27. Elemental has a TBA menu.
    28. Elio has a TBA menu.
    29. Inside Out 2 has a TBA menu.
  13. With the exception of Toy Story, each movies have unique end credits that were either 2D animated style or the various of landscapes backgrounds.
    1. A Bug's Life has a unique end credits style depicting with the various of landscapes backgrounds as well as the outtakes. This marks the first film to feature the outtakes.
    2. Toy Story 2 has a unique end credits style depicting with black backgrounds as well as the outtakes.
    3. Monsters Inc. has a unique end credits style depicting with the 2D animated style that were shown in the opening as well as the outtakes. This marks the final film to feature the outtakes.
    4. Finding Nemo has a unique end credits style depicting with the various of landscapes backgrounds.
    5. The Incredibles has a unique end credits style depicting with the 2D animated style.
    6. Cars has a unique end credits style depicting with the scene that continues the event, reusing the scenes from the movie and featuring the characters from Joe Ranft that pays tribute to him, who died from car crash in August 2005.
    7. Ratatouille has a unique end credits style depicting with the 2D animated style.
    8. WALL•E has a unique end credits style depicting with the 2D animated style.
    9. Up has a unique end credits style depicting with the photos in the form of Ellie's scrapbook of Carl, Russell and Dug.
    10. Toy Story 3 has a unique end credits style depicting with the scenes that continues the event where Zurg arrived and welcomed at the Sunnyside Daycare by Ken, who is now the leader of the Sunnyside Daycare, and Surge and the Green Army Man introduced at the Sunnyside Daycare as well as Andy's old toys are in Bonnie's house that features many scenes, including the Spanish dance.
    11. Cars 2 has a unique end credits style depicting with Lightning McQueen and Mater heading out to around the world and returns to Radiator Springs for the photos with the 2D animated style.
    12. Brave has a unique end credits style depicting with the stones, water, snow, leafs, and blooms.
    13. Monsters University has a unique end credits style that shows a lot of the characters in the film became excellent Scarers, at the end credits showing their scare cards. Most of the members of Oozma Kappa made it, along with Johnny Worthington and Carrie from PNK, and Mike and Sulley became Rookies of the Year.
    14. Inside Out has a unique end credits style with glimpses into the minds of a few minor characters, including the Teacher, Jangles the Clown, and a random dog and cat.
    15. The Good Dinosaur has a unique end credits style with the various of landscapes backgrounds.
    16. Finding Dory has a unique end credits style with the various of landscapes backgrounds, similar to Finding Nemo, albeit with different backgrounds.
    17. Cars 3 has a end credits style with pictures showing a continuation of the movie.
    18. Coco has a unique credits style with presented as various marigold petals fly past papel picado banners that show various alebrijes and artifacts shown throughout the movie.
    19. Incredibles 2 has a unique end credits style with the 2D animated style, like the first movie.
    20. Toy Story 4 has a unique end credits style with the carnival nighttime for dispersed throughout first few minutes of the credits.
    21. Onward has a unique end credits style with purple text on a black background.
    22. Soul has a unique end credits style using abaci.
    23. Luca has a unique end credits style depicting 2D drawings on an aqua green background.
    24. Turning Red has a unique end credits style depicting color changing backgrounds and silhouettes of 4*TOWN.
    25. Lightyear has TBA end credits.
    26. Elemental has TBA end credits.
    27. Elio has TBA end credits.
    28. Inside Out 2 has TBA end credits.
  14. Similar to George Lucas' 1138, the letter-number sequence A113 is an animation in-joke that appears in all Pixar films to date, except Monsters, Inc.. It is a reference to one of the room numbers at CalArts (where several of the employees are alumni).
    1. Toy Story - As Ms. Davis' license plate number.
    2. A Bug's Life - As a code on a cereal box as Flik enters the bug city. Also, on the Casey Jr. Cookies wagon as "Vitamin A113."
    3. Toy Story 2 - One of the announcements at the airport calls for a "LassetAir Flight A113," also referencing John Lasseter. Appears again on Ms. Davis' license plate.
    4. Finding Nemo - As the model code for the diver's underwater camera.
    5. The Incredibles - A room number in Syndrome's lair, as Level A1, Room #13, the conference room where Mr. Incredible was attacked by Omnidroid v.X9.
    6. Cars - Mater's license plate number. Also appears on the train Lightning McQueen almost crashed into.
    7. Ratatouille - Git, the lab rat, has a tag on his left ear that bears the sequence. Also, on the train in the movie Linguini was watching.
    8. WALL•E - As the directive code for Auto to carry out. This is the first time the sequence has bore any significance to the movie's plot.
    9. Up - On the sign of the courtroom.
    10. Toy Story 3 - Once again as Ms. Davis' license plate number.
    11. Cars 2 - Again as Mater's license plate number and on Siddeley the spy jet's rudder.
    12. Brave - Appears as "ACXIII" above the front door of the Witch's cottage.
    13. Monsters University - The number of the classroom when Sulley bursts in.
    14. Inside Out - Graffiti on the wall when Riley gets a call as she is running away.
    15. The Good Dinosaur - Formed by sticks on the fence around the chicken pen.
    16. Finding Dory -The license plate on the truck with CAL in front of it: "CALA113." Also, on Fluke and Rudder's tags.
    17. Cars 3 - Once again as Mater's license plate number, on the door of Sterling's main office in Rusteze Research Center and on Shannon Spokes' press sticker.
    18. Coco - Seen in one of Ernesto's albums and on the door entrance of the "Department of Family Reunions" in the Land of the Dead's Grand Central Station.
    19. Incredibles 2 - Seen on a dumpster, on the front of the Metrolev hover train, on the door entrance of the editing room in DEVTECH building, on the International Superhero Accord contract and on the marquee of the movie theater.
    20. Toy Story 4 - Seen on the carpet of Second Chance Antiques.
    21. Onward - At the end of the film, Colt Bronco receives a call on his police radio of a 1-1-3 in progress.
    22. Soul - When Joe and 22 go into the Hall of Everything, the number can be seen on a street sign.
    23. Luca - Seen on Luca's train ticket to Genoa as his seat number.
    24. Turning Red - Used on "The Chalker", a line marker used by Jin Lee labeled as "Professional Model A113". Also appears as a seat number on a ticket for a 4*TOWN concert shown during the credits.
    25. Lightyear - A113 is not fully seen anywhere during the moving, however during the scene where the trainees put on their space ranger suits to avoid the bugs. Commander Hawethorne's suit number is 01, while Featheringhamstan's suit, worn by Mo Morrison at the time, has the number 13. Making them 0113 when standing side by side. A few scenes later while they are in stealth mode, Featheringhamstan's name is shortened to Featheringha . . 13. Giving us A13.
    26. Elemental — TBA.
    27. Elio - TBA.
    28. Inside Out 2 - TBA.
  15. Before their feature film directorial debut for Pixar, some directors made Pixar shorts:
    1. John Lasseter directed a total of four short films, Luxo Jr., Red's Dream, Tin Toy, and Knick Knack, all before Toy Story.
    2. Mark Andrews directed One Man Band, before Brave.
    3. Peter Sohn directed Partly Cloudy, before The Good Dinosaur.
    4. Enrico Casarosa directed La Luna, before Luca.
    5. Domee Shi directed Bao, before Turning Red.
    6. Angus MacLane directed BURN-E and Small Fry, both before Lightyear.
    7. Josh Cooley directs George and A.J. and Riley's First Date?, both before Toy Story 4.
    8. Kristen Lester directed Purl, before currently working on an untitled feature film for Pixar.
    9. Rosana Sullivan directed Kitbull, before currently working on an untitled feature film for Pixar.
    10. Aphton Corbin directed Twenty Something, before currently on with an untitled feature film for Pixar.
      • In addition, there are also directors that make short films for Pixar, before their directorial debut for non-Pixar films.
        1. Gary Rydstrom directed Lifted and Hawaiian Vacation, before Strange Magic.
        2. Doug Sweetland directed Presto, before Storks.
  16. There are some directors who co-directed films before being officially sole directional debut:
    1. Andrew Stanton co-directed A Bug's Life, before sole-directing Finding Nemo.
    2. Lee Unkrich co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, before sole-directing Toy Story 3.
    3. Angus MacLane co-directed Finding Dory, before sole-directing Lightyear.
  17. Most of the Pixar movies have the normal Disney/Pixar opening logo music and sounds. Turning Red is the only one so far since Cars 3 to have both logos normal as usual. However, some movies do not, as they instead use the opening theme, a different fanfare, or an alternate Disney fanfare arrangement.
    1. Monsters, Inc. plays the main theme for the Disney/Pixar opening logo.
    2. The Incredibles plays the opening logo music for Disney/Pixar opening logo.
    3. Ratatouille plays the short version of "Le Festin" for the Disney/Pixar opening logo.
    4. Inside Out plays "Bundle of Joy" for the Disney/Pixar opening logo.
    5. Coco plays the Mariachi version of the Disney logo theme. First Pixar film to have a different arrangement of that theme.
    6. Incredibles 2 plays "Episode 2" for Disney/Pixar's opening logo.
    7. Toy Story 4 plays the 30-second version of "Operation Pull Toy" for the Disney/Pixar opening logo.
    8. Onward plays "Quests Of Yore" for the Disney/Pixar opening logo.
    9. Soul plays an off-key jazz version of the Disney logo theme, and the film's dialogue starts at the Pixar opening logo, then the opening scene fades in. Second film from the company to have a different arrangement of that theme.
    10. Luca plays "Un bacio a mezzanotte" for Disney/Pixar opening logo, before fading out in the opening scene.
    11. Lightyear plays "Mission Log" for the Disney/Pixar opening logo.
  18. Pixar begins making commercials. The first is an ad for Tropicana orange juice, “Wake Up,” directed by John Lasseter. By the end of the year, each animates a commercial – Andrew Stanton completes “Quite A Package” for Trident, and Pete Docter animates “Boxer” for Listerine. Pixar’s commercial work gives the company invaluable experience in pitching, storytelling, and working with clients, and allows it to develop and refine its production pipeline. Following the release of Toy Story, Pixar announces that it will stop making commercials in order to concentrate on longer-format and interactive entertainment.
  19. Lasseter and Catmull's oversight of both the Disney Feature Animation and Pixar studios did not mean that the two studios were merging, however. In fact, additional conditions were laid out as part of the deal to ensure that Pixar remained a separate entity, a concern that analysts had expressed about the Disney deal. Some of those conditions were that Pixar HR policies would remain intact, including the lack of employment contracts. Also, the Pixar name was guaranteed to continue, and the studio would remain in its current Emeryville, California, location with the "Pixar" sign.
    1. Finally, branding of films made post-merger would be "Disney•Pixar" (beginning with Cars).
  20. Due to the traditions that have occurred within the films and shorts such as anthropomorphic creatures and objects, and easter egg crossovers between films and shorts that have been spotted by Pixar fans, a blog post titled The Pixar Theory was published in 2013 by Jon Negroni, and popularized by the YouTube channel Super Carlin Brothers, proposing that all of the characters within the Pixar universe were related, surrounding Boo from Monsters Inc. and the Witch from Brave. As the result, fans of Pixar were leading for suggest to commonly referred as Pixar Cinematic Universe.
  21. Pixar is known for their films having expensive budgets, ranging from $150-200 million. Some of their films include Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, Toy Story 4, Incredibles 2, Soul, The Good Dinosaur, Onward, and Turning Red.
  22. Despite the Pixar movies being set in other countries outside of American, it was developed and produced by an American studio, according to hidden note on Wikipedia.
  23. Actor John Ratzenberger, who had previously starred in the television series Cheers, has voiced a character in every Pixar feature film from Toy Story through Onward. He does not have a role in newer movies beginning with Soul, however, a non-speaking background character in Soul bears his likeness. Pixar paid tribute to Ratzenberger in the end credits of Cars (2006) by parodying scenes from three of its earlier films (Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and A Bug's Life), replacing all of the characters with motor vehicle versions of them and giving each film an automotive-based title. After the third scene, Mack (his character in Cars) realizes that the same actor has been voicing characters in every film.
  24. At the time, Walt Disney Studios was interested and eventually bought and used the Pixar Image Computer and custom software written by Pixar as part of its Computer Animation Production System (CAPS) project, to migrate the laborious ink and paint part of the 2D animation process to a more automated method. The company's first feature film to be released using this new animation method was The Rescuers Down Under (1990).
  25. In a bid to drive sales of the system and increase the company's capital, Jobs suggested releasing the product to the mainstream market. Pixar employee John Lasseter, who had long been working on not-for-profit short demonstration animations, such as Luxo Jr. (1986) to show off the device's capabilities, premiered his creations to great fanfare at SIGGRAPH, the computer graphics industry's largest convention.
  26. Around 2018, Pixar and FC Barcelona (a soccer club) entered talks with Pixar to create a film.
  27. John Lasseter was hired to the Lucasfilm team for a week in late 1983 with the title "interface designer"; he animated the short film The Adventures of André & Wally B.. In the next few years, a designer suggested naming a new digital compositing computer the "Picture Maker". Smith suggested that the laser-based device have a catchier name, and came up with "Pixer", which after a meeting was changed to "Pixar".
  28. There are several projects who were planned to created to the big-screen, but was officially canceled due to being reasons.
    1. Pixar, Disney, and Warner Bros. in 2005 attempted to make a live action film based on James Dalessandro's novel 1906. It would've been Pixar's first time making a live action film and their first collaboration with a major production company other than Disney. Disney and Pixar left the project due to script problems.
    2. Back when Pixar was still at Lucasfilm, they wanted to create a movie called Monkey. It was cancelled due to technical issues. A few sketches of a monkey still exist.
    3. Around 2008, Pixar announced a film called Newt was set to be released in 2011, as hinted from Toy Story 3. The film was cancelled before the release of Blue Sky's Rio because it felt too similar. In a March 2014 interview, Pixar president Edwin Catmull stated that Newt was an idea that was not working in pre-production. When the project was passed to Pete Docter, the director of Monsters, Inc. and Up, he pitched an idea that Pixar thought was better, and that concept became Inside Out.
    4. In 2010, Henry Selick formed a joint venture with Pixar called Cinderbiter Productions, which was to exclusively produce stop-motion films. Its first project under the deal, a film titled ShadeMaker was set to be released on October 4, 2013, but was canceled in August 2012 due to creative differences. An adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel The Graveyard Book was also planned. Selick was given the option to shop ShadeMaker (now titled The Shadow King) to other studios. In January 2013, Ron Howard was hired to direct The Graveyard Book.
    5. Back when Circle Seven Animation was opened, there were already plans for a sequel to Finding Nemo (Pixar later made Finding Dory), Monsters, Inc. (Pixar later made for Monsters University, but rather prequel) and a different version of Toy Story 3, leading rivals to derisively nickname the division "Pixaren't". The division was named after the street where its studios were located. Circle Seven Drive in Glendale, California is also home to KABC-TV; the street is presumably named after KABC's trademark Circle Seven logo, which is also used in other ABC O&Os in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. As you may have guessed, they were scrapped because Circle Seven Animation closed down. Pixar's later sequels had no basis in Circle Seven's projects, and were created completely separately.
  29. Aphton Corbin, Rosana Sullivan, Brian Fee and Kristen Lester have been working on their untitled feature films.
  30. In July 2013, Pixar Studios President Edwin Catmull said that the studio planned to release one original film each year, and a sequel every other year, as part of a strategy to release "one and a half movies a year." On July 3, 2016, Pixar president Jim Morris announced that the studio would be moving away from sequels after the release of Toy Story 4 or until further notice and Pixar was only developing original ideas with five films in development at the time of the announcement.
  31. Pixar got its start in 1974 when New York Institute of Technology's (NYIT) founder, Alexander Schure, who was also the owner of a traditional animation studio, established the Computer Graphics Lab (CGL) and recruited computer scientists who shared his ambitions about creating the world's first computer-animated film.
    1. Edwin Catmull and Malcolm Blanchard were the first to be hired and were soon joined by Alvy Ray Smith and David DiFrancesco some months later, which were the four original members of the Computer Graphics Lab, located in a converted two-story garage acquired from the former Vanderbilt-Whitney estate. Schure kept pouring money into the computer graphics lab, an estimated $15 million, giving the group everything they desired and driving NYIT into serious financial troubles.
    2. Eventually, the group realized they needed to work in a real film studio in order to reach their goal. Francis Ford Coppola then invited Smith to his house for a three-day media conference, where Coppola and George Lucas shared their visions for the future of digital moviemaking.
  32. Each movie of theirs spawned enormous internet memes.
  33. While every Pixar movies are animated, WALL-E is currently the only film to have elements of live-action including Hello, Dolly!, though the majority of the film is animated, while Day & Night (2010), Kitbull (2019), Burrow (2020), and Twenty Something (2021) are the only four shorts to feature 2D animation.
  34. Since December 2005, Pixar has held a variety of exhibitions celebrating the art and artists of the organization and its contribution to the world of animation.
  35. Before Chicken Little, the co-production deal between Disney and Pixar was set to expire with the release of Cars in 2006 with another company set to take over with Ratatouille in 2007. The result of the contentious negotiations between Disney and Pixar was viewed to depend heavily on how Chicken Little performed at the box office. If successful, the film would have given Disney leverage in its negotiations for a new contract to distribute Pixar's films. A failure would have allowed Pixar to argue that Disney could not produce CGI films. Turns out it was true when Chicken Little was the box office success, despite the mixed-to-negative reception.
  36. While Pixar was part of the Lucasfilm in 1979 to 1986, Pixar was only known as "The Graphics Group of Lucasfilm's Computer Division" until corporate spinoff in 1986. Also, to avoid tangential discussions about other studios.
  37. Disagreements between Steve Jobs and Disney chairman and CEO Michael Eisner made the negotiations more difficult than they otherwise might have been. They broke down completely in mid-2004, with Disney forming Circle Seven Animation and Jobs declaring that Pixar was actively seeking partners other than Disney. Even with this announcement and several talks with other major film studios such as Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Universal, Pixar did not enter negotiations with other distributors, although a Warner Bros. spokesperson told CNN, "We would love to be in business with Pixar. They are a great company." After a lengthy hiatus, negotiations between the two companies resumed following the departure of Eisner from Disney in September 2005.
  38. On April 20, 2010, Pixar opened Pixar Canada in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The roughly 2,000 square meters studio produced seven short films based on Toy Story and Cars characters. In October 2013, the studio was closed down to refocus Pixar's efforts at its main headquarters.
  39. On July 31, 2022, Pete Docter announced that there will be more Pixar sequels in the future for "Financial Safety" of the brands selling.

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