The Pixar Influence

Pixar Industry

Over the years, Pixar has become one of the most successful animation studios in the world. The movies speak for themselves! And every movie under the Pixar banner has been largely successful, both critically and commercially.

.. when it comes to storytelling and beautifully rendered animation, not many studios can match what Pixar has accomplished.

This page is about information on how Pixar influenced the industry of animation, movie-making, special effects, and also their connections to some of the key figures in the business, such as LucalFilms, Industrial Light & Magic, and Apple Computers.

... Read More Below for some interesting stories and some fun facts about Pixar Animation!

Pixar: 20 Years of Animation

Since December 2005, Pixar has held exhibitions celebrating the art and artists of Pixar, over their first twenty years in animation.

Pixar held one such exhibition, from April to June 2010, at the Science Centre Singapore, in Jurong East, Singapore. It was their first time holding an exhibition in Singapore.

The exhibition highlights consist of work-in-progress sketches from various Pixar productions, clay sculptures of their characters, and an autostereoscopic short showcasing a 3D version of the exhibition pieces which is projected through 4 projectors. Another highlight is the Zoetrope, where visitors of the exhibition are shown figurines of Toy Story characters "animated" in real-life through the zoetrope.

Pixar will be celebrating 25 years of animation in 2011, the same time its upcoming film, Cars 2, is released. Pixar celebrated its 20th anniversary with the first Cars.

LucasFilm Connections

Pixar was originally founded as the Graphics Group, 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 (NYIT), where he was in charge of the Computer Graphics Lab (CGL). At NYIT, the researchers had pioneered many of the CG techniques that are now taken for granted and worked on an experimental film called "The Works." After moving to Lucasfilm, the team worked on creating the precursor to RenderMan, called Motion Doctor, which allowed traditional cel animators to use computer animation with minimal training.

George Lucas would later sell the group to Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple Computers, for $5 million.