Updated: Feb 8
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. Luxo Jr., a desk lamp from the studio's 1986 short film of the same name, is the studio's mascot.
Pixar has produced 22 feature films, beginning with Toy Story (1995), which was the first ever computer-animated feature film; its most recent film was Soul (2020). The studio has also produced dozens of short films. Its feature films have earned approximately $14 billion at the worldwide box office,with an average worldwide gross of $680 million per film. Toy Story 3 (2010), Finding Dory (2016), Incredibles 2 (2018) and Toy Story 4 (2019) are all among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time, with Incredibles 2 being the third highest-grossing animated film of all time, with a gross of $1.2 billion; the other three also grossed over $1 billion. Moreover, 15 of Pixar's films are in the 50 highest-grossing animated films of all time.
The studio has earned 21 Academy Awards, 9 Golden Globe Awards, and 11 Grammy Awards, along with numerous other awards and acknowledgments. Many of Pixar's films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, since its inauguration in 2001, with ten Pixar winners being Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Brave (2012), Inside Out (2015), Coco (2017), and Toy Story 4 (2019); the three that were nominated for the award without winning it are Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), and Incredibles 2. In addition to that award, Up and Toy Story 3 were also the second and third animated films, respectively, to be nominated for the more inclusive Academy Award for Best Picture (the first being Walt Disney Animation Studios' Beauty and the Beast in 1991).
Toy Story (1995)
A Bug's Life (1998)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Finding Nemo (2003)
The Incredibles (2004)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Cars 2 (2011)
Monsters University (2013)
Inside Out (2015)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Finding Dory (2016)
Cars 3 (2017)
Incredibles 2 (2018)
Toy Story 4 (2019)
How do you rate Pixar's movies?
WATCH PIXAR THIS WEEK
FILM: Finding Nemo (2003)
Tuesday 3rd November, Sky Cinema Disney, 8:00am & 5:10pm
One of Pixar's finest and hugely popular this is a fishy tale of a clownfish searching the ocean for his missing son.
FILM: Toy Story 4 (2019)
Monday 2nd November, Sky Cinema Disney, 8:00am & 6:00pm
Wednesday 4th November, Sky Cinema Disney, 10:40am & 5:10pm
Friday 6th November, Sky Cinema Disney, 10:20am & 7:00pm
The toys are back in town in this final sequel to the massively popular Toy Story series.
FILM: Cars (2006)
Tuesday 3rd November, Sky Cinema Animation, 12:40pm & 7:40pm
Race car Lightning McQueen gets a life lesson when he makes a whole bunch of new friends in a small town.
FILM: Ratatouille (2007)
Friday 5th November, Sky Cinema Animation, 9:50am & 7:25pm
Remy the rat dreams of being a chef in this fantastic tale.
FILM: The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Tuesday 3rd November, Sky Cinema Animation, 4:20pm
Boy and dinosaur become good friends in this animation.
What's your favourite Pixar movie?