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Pixar Animation Studios

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Founded:

1986

Founder:

Co-founder of Apple Computers Steve Jobs founded Pixar and acts as its chairman and CEO.

About the Company:

Based out of Emeryville, CA, Pixar is an award-winning animation studio famous for its computer-animated film shorts and for the feature films that it produces in conjunction with Disney, who splits costs of production and distribution by covering all distribution issues while Pixar handles production.

Recent Works:

  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • Monsters Inc. (2001)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999)
  • A Bug's Life (1998)
  • Toy Story (1995)

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Company History:

Pixar began as a subdivision of Lucasfilms, before being bought by Jobs and established as an independent studio, co-founded with Dr. Edwin E. Catmull. Believe it or not, Pixar actually began as a high-end hardware company, specializing in visual processing computers targeted to the government and medical industry. However, poor sales nearly put the company out of business, and in order to survive the animation department began producing short commercials for various clients. When this led to a multimillion dollar deal with Disney, Pixar's future in animation was established with the production of Toy Story.

Pixar has become a pioneer in the production of technology for computer graphics and animation, including their renowned Marionette and Renderman softwares.

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