Hello, today I am going to write a blog about Pixar’s History.
If you don’t know what “Pixar” is, Pixar is a animation company that made such amazing movies as: Toy Story (First 3D Animated Feature Length Film ever), Coco (I cried a bit at Toy Story 3 and Coco), Monsters Inc. (My favorite movie), Cars (My First Movie), Inside Out, Good Dinosaur, and more!
Pixar was founded as The Graphics Group, which is one third of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm that was launched in 1979 with the hiring of Dr. Ed Catmull from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIG), where he was in charge of the Computer Graphics Lab (CGL) . At CGL, the researchers pioneered many of the CG foundation techniques—in particular the invention of the “alpha channel” (by Catmull and Ray Smith); years later, the CGL produced an experimental film called The Works.
After moving to Lucasfilm, the team worked on creating the precursor to RenderMan, called REYES (for “renders everything you ever saw”) and developed a number of critical technologies for CG—including “particle effects” and various animation tools.
In 1982 the team began working on film sequences with Industrial Light & Magic on special effects. After years of research, and key milestones in films such as the Genesis Effect in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the Stained Glass Knight in Young Sherlock Holmes, the group, which numbered about Fourty Five individuals back then, was purchased in February 1986 by Steve Jobs shortly after he left Apple Computer.
(1984) Lasseter is hired full-time, joining the Computer Division as an Interface Designer. A partially completed version of The Adventures of André & Wally B. premieres at SIGGRAPH. It is the first short film created by the future animation studio, featuring complex flexible characters, hand-painted textures, and motion blur. It is also the first example of character animation in the young medium of computer animation.
(1986) was also when Pixar releases its second 3D Animated Short Film; Luxo (1986). (1987-88-89) After Luxo they released Reds Dream (1987), Tin Toy (1988), and Knick Knack (1989).
They later released Toy Story (1995), and ended making Animation history, by not only making the first 3D Animated Film but also ending up winning a “Special Achievement” Award. Other People to receive a “Special Achievement” Award include: Starwars, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and more. After 3 Years they made “A Bug’s Life”. Bugs Life’s production began shortly after Toy Story and STILL took three years (Which shows 3D Animated Films don’t just “get finished” in a Month. Soon after Bugs Life Arrives Pixar makes a Sequel to Toy Story 2 (and not going to lie I LOVE that movie, maybe even more than Toy Story 1) and it did really well. was going to be a Straight to DVD release, but Pixar thought it was too good. It also almost made Pixar, Pixaren’t (DA DUN TSSSS), because someone messed up and they lost all the data (he probably doesn’t work for Pixar any more and hasn’t since before Toy Story 2), but one of the employees brought home a test version of the film for there kids to watch, so they could see how the Main Demographic thought it was That employee probably got a promotion after that.
In 2000, Pixar moves to its new building in Emeryville, California.
A few movies later (2006), Disney buys Pixar for $7.4 Billion (Billion with a B like that amount of money isn’t very small!). The transaction changed Steve Jobs, who was the majority shareholder of Pixar, to Disney’s largest individual shareholder with 7% and a place on its board of directors. (Fun Fact: there is a Apple (the company not an actual apple) car in Cars 1 a movie made in 2006).
(2007) Ratatouille is released in theaters on June 29, accompanied by the short film “Lifted.” Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in California.
(2008) WALL-E is released in theaters on June 27, accompanied by the short film Presto. Toy Story Midway Mania! opens at Disney parks in California and Florida.
(2009) Up becomes the first animated feature film to open the Cannes Film Festival. It opens in wide release on May 29 with the short film Partly Cloudy. Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek opens at Tokyo Disneyland
(2010) Toy Story 3 is released in theaters on June 18, accompanied by the short film Day and Night. Toy Story Playland, a themed land based on the Toy Story films, opens at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. Pixar Animation Studios opens a new studio in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 2,000 square meter studio is making making shorts and TV specials based on characters from Pixar’s feature films. The studio’s first production was the Cars Toons episode, “Air Mater”.
(2011) Cars 2 is released in theaters on June 24, accompanied by the first Toy Story Toon, Hawaiian Vacation. Pixar celebrates its 25th anniversary. Construction of the second new building on Pixar’s Emeryville campus is completed. Toy Story Land opens at Hong Kong Disneyland.
(2012) Brave is released in theaters on June 22, accompanied by the short film La Luna. Cars Land opens at Disney California Adventure Park. Menv ( Pronounced “men-vee”), Pixar’s long-lived proprietary animation system, is retired in favor of a completely new proprietary system named Presto, after the studio’s 2008 short film. Brave is the first film animated using this new system which is still referred to internally as menv. Pixar, in partnership with the San Francisco Symphony, launches Pixar in Concert, a symphonic rendition of the scores of Pixar films.
(2013) Monsters University is released in theaters on June 21, accompanied by the short film The Blue Umbrella.
(2014) The holiday TV special Toy Story That Time Forgot airs on ABC. Ratatouille: The Adventure opens in Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.
(2015) Inside Out is released on June 19, accompanied by the short film LAVA. The Good Dinosaur, accompanied by the short film Sanjay’s Super Team, is released in theatres on November 25.
(2016) Finding Dory, accompanied by the short film Piper, is released in theatres on June 17. The Toy Story Hotel and Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue attraction debut with the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort.
(2017) Cars 3 accompanied by the short film Lou, is released in theatres on June 16. Coco premiered on October 20, 2017 during the
Morelia International Film Festival in Morelia, Mexico. It went on to become Mexico’s #1 highest grossing
film of all time. Coco is released in North America on November 22.
This is the end of the blog hope you enjoy!