Written by the editors at Bamfacts - April 23rd, 2016
First started as the The Graphics Group, a division of Lucasfilm for computer graphics (1979)
The group focused on making computers for visual effects for movies. Lucas's wish list: a digital (nonlinear) film editing system, a digital sound editing system, a digital film printer, and further exploration of computer graphics.
In 1986, the company was sold for $7.4 million ($10 million in today's money) to Steve Jobs, who was recently fired from Apple. Jobs saw the incredible potential of the company as a chance to explore technology and create fast and innovative computers.
The company decided to make a computer fast enough to handle 3D effects, to make the work process of animating easier. The computer was named 'Pixar Image Computer', and had the best specifications for a desktop computer at the time, making it a true innovation.
Steve Jobs renamed the company to 'Pixar', after their first computer.
A partially completed version of The Adventures of Andre Wally B. premieres at SIGGRAPH. It is the first short film created by the future animation studio. It features groundbreaking technology such as complex flexible characters, hand-painted textures, and motion blur. (1984)
The first short film, called Luxo Jr. was finished in 1986
In 1990, Steve Jobs moves the company to California
In 1995 Pixar made their first feature film Toy Story, for Disney.
In 2006 Disney acquired Pixar. This turned out to be a brilliant move, considering that rise of popularity of Animated movies at the time, and Disney's lack of computer animation knowledge.
The lamp featured in the Pixar intro, is Luxo Jr. from the short film Luxo Jr..
Currently, over 1200 people work at Pixar.
The company's biggest successes (and our personal favorites) were their movies Toy Story (1995), Finding Nemo. (2003), Cars (2006). These movies helped establish itself in the animated movie market.