Monday, 4 April 2011

Review on Pixar

Review on Pixar

Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar is a company that specializes in computer generated animation. Unlike hand drawn animations, characters are created using programs to achieve high details that resemble effects close to real life. Pixar became more well known once it released its first feature film, Toy Story. The details are addressed on 'Pixar Animation Studios burst onto the big screen with the release of Toy Story, the first ever feature-length animated film created solely through computerized graphics. Yet Pixar's background is one of considerable pedigree, from roots at the University of Utah and the New York Institute of Technology before becoming part of George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd. of San Rafael, California.' (, 2000) 

 Toy Stoy

Pixar started when George Lucas wanted to use computer animation for his films. Lucas essentially created this animation departed just so he could use it in Star Wars. Chris Seibold explains on 'George Lucas had created the new division precisely because of Star Wars. The light sabers and spaceships were all maddeningly tedious and expensive work with and Lucas hoped computers could come to the rescue. To accomplish this he hired computer animation pioneers Alvy Smith and Ed Catmull. They, in turn, added staff to what would eventually become the nucleus of Pixar.' (Seibold, 2006) One of Pixar's directors, John Lasseter had been working for Disney producing animations. Lasseter then became part of Pixar and created many early animated shorts such as; Luxo Jr, Red's Dream, Tin Toy and Knick Knack, as well as produce many feature films, described on 'John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award®-winning director and oversees all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He directed the groundbreaking and award-winning films Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Cars.  Additionally, his executive producing credits include Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Bolt, and last year’s critically acclaimed Up, which enjoyed the distinct honor of opening the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded two Academy Awards® for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score.' (Pixar, 2011)  


List of Illustrations
Figure 1. Pixar (2011) Pixar Animation Studios. [Logo] At: (Accessed on: 04.04.11)

Figure 2. Lasseter, John (1995) Toy Story. [Screen cap] At: (Accessed on:04.04.11)

Figure 3. Stanton, Andrew (2008) Wall-E. [Screen cap] At: (Accessed on: 04.04.11)

Funding Universe (2000) Pixar Animation Studios. (Accessed on: 04.04.11)

Pixar (2011) Meet The Execs. (Accessed on: 04.04.11)

Seibold, Chris (2006) How To Turn 10 Million Into 7 Billion: A Brief History Of Pixar. (Accessed on: 04.04.11)

No comments:

Post a Comment