33 Surprising Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Pixar Studios.

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For the past 30 years Pixar Animation Studios has been bringing family entertainment to life with movies like Toy Story, Ratatouille, Brave, and Inside Out. Let's go behind the scenes and see how the company has grown to become one of the largest production companies in the world.



2/33 Toy Story 2 was deleted from the system after someone accidentally ran the wrong function on the drive where the backup files were kept. Luckily one member of the team had a back-up copy of the film to work on at home.

3/33 Dory is the most liked Pixar character on Facebook with over 25 million likes.

4/33 The Pizza Planet truck appears in almost every single Pixar movie.

5/33 In 1979 Pixar was created as a division of Lucasfilms called Computer Graphics Division. It produced computer animation sequences for Star Trek and Star Wars movies and sold high end computer imaging software and hardware.

6/33 Steve Jobs bought the Computer Graphics Division from George Lucas in 1986 for $5 million ($10.7 million in today's dollars) and renamed it Pixar.

7/33 Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 billion in 2006, a move that made Jobs the largest individual shareholder at Disney.

8/33 The first animated movie made at Pixar was Adventures of Andre and Wally B in 1984.

9/33 The lamp from Pixar's title sequence is named Luxo Jr. for the 1986 short film of the same name. Luxo Jr. was Pixar's first Academy Award nomination and the first CGI movie to be ever nominated at the Oscars in the Best Animated Short division.

10/33 The first movie produced for Disney was Toy Story. Rejected titles for this film include The New Toy, The Cowboy & The Spaceman, The Favorite, and Toyz in the Hood.

11/33 The Incredibles was the first Pixar film to receive a PG rating.


12/33 A113 is an easter egg found in all Pixar films. It's the number of a classroom at the California Institute of the Arts where animators like John Lasseter and Brad Bird went to school. This reference has also appeared in numerous Disney films and television shows like The Simpsons.

13/33 Pet rats were kept at Pixar for a year so animators could study their behaviour for Ratatouille.

14/33 In the fall of 1998 two animated films about insects were released by two different studios: Antz by Dreamworks and A Bug's Life by Pixar. Dreamworks had offered to hold production on Antz if Pixar would change the release date of A Bug's Life, which was set to premiere the same month as Dreamwork's second film The Prince of Egypt. Pixar refused and all three films were released over a period of two months.

15/33 The Incredibles is the first Pixar film to feature an entirely human cast of characters, if you count being a superhero as human.

16/33 As of late 2015 Pixar has grossed $9.5 billion worldwide.

17/33 Story ideas for A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, and Wall-E came from one lunch meeting between Pixar creatives at a diner called Hidden City Cafe. A tribute to that diner appears in Monster's Inc.

18/33 Toy Story 3 was the first movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide.

19/33 Toy Story 2 was originally intended to be a direct-to-video release but Disney was so impressed with pre-production that they negotiated for a theatrical release. It became the first animated sequel to gross more than its original.

20/33 Mike's New Car was the first Pixar short to feature characters from another Pixar film.

21/33 Toy Story 2 is the first film ever to be created, mastered, and shown digitally.

22/33 Toy Story was the first full length movie to be made entirely using CGI. It also became the highest grossing film in theatres in 1995.



23/33 Finding Nemo is the best selling DVD of all time having sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

24/33 Up is the second animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Beauty and the Beast was first. To date an animated film has never won Best Picture.

25/33 As part of the marketing for Monsters University, Pixar created a fake admissions website for M.U.

26/33 A typical Pixar employee animated 3 minutes of a film per year.

27/33 The production cream of Finding Nemo was required to visit aquariums, go diving in Hawaii, and listen to in-house lectures form an ichthyologist (fish doctor) in preparation for the film. They also had to participate in study sessions in front of a 25-gallon fish tank built for studying fish during the production.

28/33 Up the first animated film and the first 3D film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

29/33 In total Pixar has won 26 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes, and 3 Grammy Awards.

30/33 As of 2015 Pixar has released 16 films and has 5 upcoming movies with confirmed released dates.

31/33 Cars is Pixar's most profitable film having grossed more than $10 billion in merchandise sales alone.

32/33 Cars 2 has the worst score of any Pixar film on Rotten Tomatoes with a 39% rating.

33/33 Wall-E was the most complex film to animate to date. It required 125,000 storyboards which is almost double a normal film for the company.

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