Many fans of animation films are aware of the two biggest animation studios, which are Disney and Pixar, even with Disney’s recent purchase of 20th Century Fox, both Pixar and Disney are respectfully two of the most recognizable animation studios in the world compared to its competitors DreamWorks, Cartoon Network Studios. Hanna-Barbra, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Warner Bros. Animation Studios, and many others, its hard to remember that there are other animation studios besides Disney and Pixar.
The Origin of Pixar
Pixar’s success all started in the 1970s, millionaire Alexander Schare, who at the time, was president of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), searching for talented artists who could create an animated film from a sound recording of Tubby the Tuba. A team was formed despite the animated film never being completed.
They were later joined by George Lucas, why would go on to produce Star Wars with Lucas Film LTD. The team created many graphic designs for Lucas including an imaging computer called Pixar. Pixar was designed to create high-tech graphic and animations for Lucas’ projects. The machine was able to emulate three-dimensional and high-resolution colored images of anything.
The Magic of Pixar
In 1992, Disney and Pixar joined forces creating C.A.P.S (computer animated production system) with the next project titled Toy Story, which would later be released in 1995. A year after Pixar would release A Bug’s Life (1996). Thanks to Toy Story’s massive success, the sequel Toy Story 2 was just as successful, when at he time Disney was known for not making successful sequels to their animated films. The only exception to Disney sequels was The Rescuers Down Under (1990), which was the sequel to The Rescuers (1977).
Pixar’s Success Continues
Pixar’s crew moved yet again to its two-hundred and twenty-five hundred-thousand square-foot headquarters in Emeryville, California, in 2000. They continued working with Disney on the next full-length feature film, Monsters Inc., which was released in 2001. The studio would continue making masterful creations that would become classics years later such as, Monsters Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2008), and Up (2012).
In 2010, Pixar opened a new studio in the downtown area of Gastown, Vancouver, Canada called Pixar Canada. Following the expansion of Pixar’s Canadian studio, Pixar released numerous sequels to their popular franchises over the years with Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), Cars 3 (2017), Finding Dory (2016), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Monsters University (2013). They did create new original films such as. Inside Out (2013), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Coco (2017), and their first faerytale Brave (2012).
Furthermore, with the help and collaboration with Disney, Pixar will continue to release wonderful films for years to come. Yes, Pixar and Disney both have different methods of telling a story and how it is animated, but both animation studios have learned from the others success and has used what they’ve learned to enrich the stories that they share.