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Pixar
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"To infinity and beyond!"
Type: Subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios
Founded: 1979; 41 years ago (as Graphics Group)
February 3, 1986; 34 years ago in Richmond, California, United States (as Pixar)
Defunct: N/A
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: The Walt Disney Studios
Website: https://www.pixar.com/


Pixar Animation Studios, commonly known as Pixar, is an American computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California, a subsidiary of The 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.

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.

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-two feature films, so far. Their upcoming slate of films includes Luca, Turning Red and Lightyear and an untitled film in 2023.

Movies

Year Title Director Music Rotten Tomatoes fresh rating icon.png
Released films
1995 Toy Story John Lasseter Randy Newman 100%
1998 A Bug's Life John Lasseter Randy Newman 92%
1999 Toy Story 2 John Lasseter Randy Newman 100%
2001 Monsters, Inc. Pete Docter Randy Newman 96%
2003 Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton Thomas Newman 99%
2004 The Incredibles Brad Bird Michael Giacchino 97%
2006 Cars John Lasseter Randy Newman 74%
2007 Ratatouille Brad Bird Michael Giacchino 96%
2008 WALL-E Andrew Stanton Thomas Newman 95%
2009 Up Pete Docter Michael Giacchino 98%
2010 Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich Randy Newman 98%
2011 Cars 2 John Lasseter Michael Giacchino 39%
2012 Brave Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman Patrick Doyle 78%
2013 Monsters University Dan Scanlon Randy Newman 80%
2015 Inside Out Pete Docter Michael Giacchino 98%
2015 The Good Dinosaur Peter Sohn Jeff & Mychael Danna 76%
2016 Finding Dory Andrew Stanton Thomas Newman 94%
2017 Cars 3 Brian Fee Randy Newman 69%
2017 Coco Lee Unkrich Michael Giacchino 97%
2018 Incredibles 2 Brad Bird Michael Giacchino 93%
2019 Toy Story 4 Josh Cooley Randy Newman 97%
2020 Onward Dan Scanlon Jeff & Mychael Danna 88%
2020 Soul Pete Docter Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross 95%
Upcoming films
2021 Luca Enrico Casarosa TBA TBA
2022 Turning Red Domee Shi TBA TBA
2022 Lightyear Angus MacLane TBA TBA
2023 TBA TBA TBA TBA

Why They Rock

  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 exceptions) when it comes to animated films.
  2. Fantastic animation for their films, with the animation improving greatly in each and every film. Even the weaker films manage to still have stunning animation.
  3. They are known for their unique and creative concepts, such as making films based on the perspective of toys (Toy Story), monsters (Monsters, Inc.), fish (Finding Nemo), bugs (A Bug's Life), vehicles (Cars) and even the dead (Coco).
  4. The movies usually manage to have great voice acting, with John Ratzenberger voicing at least one character in every Pixar film.
  5. Great music for their movies, especially from Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, and Michael Giacchino.
  6. Their films manage to have plenty of heartwarming moments.
  7. Alongside the movies, they also make plenty of great shorts, with the shorts usually being paired with one of their releases.
  8. Plenty of easter eggs, such as the famous Pizza Planet Truck easter egg, the iconic Pixar ball, and A113.
  9. Most of the movies spawned tie-in games. Also, they made their first LEGO video game based on the two Incredibles films.
  10. They have been very well known for animating effects that have never been done before, like this video of Moana shows two Pixar employees Kyle Odermatt and Brian Tong explaining how they figured out how to animate water more realistically.
  11. They are also known for making their characters more human, and their movies usually do not have actual villains. This stems from the infamous “Black Friday Reel” of Toy Story where Woody was made to be a jerk, causing them to rework the film and rethink their film-making model.

Bad Qualities

  1. The Good Dinosaur and especially Cars 2 are considered their weakest films.
  2. While most of films had box-office hits, some had underperformed at the box-office due to poor marketing and the fact that audiences would rather watch other films in theatres, like The Good Dinosaur and Onward, though the latter happened to be box-office disaster because of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Some have perceived a decline in quality throughout the 2010s, to the point Monsters University and Onward (both of which are directed by Dan Scanlon) feel somewhat unoriginal.

Reception

Many of the movies received mostly positive reviews, with the exception of Cars 2, which received mixed reviews.

Comments


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UndertaleGamer1000

4 months ago
Score 0
Masterpieces at best, Average movies at worst.
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UndertaleGamer1000

4 months ago
Score 0
Why did I capitalize the a in average?
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NeedsMoreJPEG

4 months ago
Score -1

I honestly think that The Incredibles is a terrible movie.

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AgentLocke

2 months ago
Score 1
Okay

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