History• Pixar began in 1979 as the name Graphics Group the founders were Ed Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith it was a part of the computer division of Lucasﬁlms before being aquired by Apple computers owner Steve Jobs in 1986. The Walt Disney company brought Pixar in 2006 worth $7.6 billion. Pixar has made 12 feature ﬁlms the most notable being the Three Toy Story ﬁlms. Pixar have won Twenty Six Academy Awards seven Golden Globes and three grammy Awards.
Toy Story• Release date November 22 1995• Directed by John Lasseter, Produced by Ralph Guggenheim and Bonnie Arnold, Screenplay by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow Starring Tom Hanks and Peter Allen.• Woody is the leader of a group of toys who live in Andy’s room who come to life when no human is around but when Andy has his birthday a new toy has arrived and everyone is impressed making Woody jealous and after a trip to pizza palace they ﬁght and fall out of the car and must make their way back home before they move house and never ﬁnd Andy.• the ﬁlm was the ﬁrst ﬁlm to completely to be animated with CGI Graphics throughout the whole ﬁlm• it was Pixar ﬁrst feature ﬁlm and was widely praised throughout the world.
A Bug’s Life• Release date November 25 1998• Directed by John Lasseter, Produced by Darla K. Anderson and Kevin Reher. Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Donald McEnery and Bob Shaw, Starring Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey and Julia Dreyfus.• Flick a Ant from a colony of ants decides that he is fed up of being pushed around by the Grasshoppers goes to city to ﬁnd insects that will product them but ends getting circus creatures that only slightly help them to build a bird but it goes wrong and Flick is outcasted but when he confronts hooper a real bird eats him and they are save to life without fear and Flick becomes the hero.• the ﬁlm was Pixar’s second ﬁlm and it was done with CGI graphics• this ﬁlm but Pixar Animation to be well known and produced fantastic ﬁlms for all the family.
Monsters Inc.• Release date November 2nd 2001• directed by Pete Docter, Produced by Darla K. Anderson, Screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson, Starring John Goodman and Billy Crystal.• Sully And Mike are best friends and Work together at Monsters Inc there job is to scare children to generate energy for the town but when they catch out Randall there worst enemy cheating they ﬁnd a young girl who turns out that she isn’t dangerous they are caught out and then have to make their way back to save here and warn the people that the company is corrupt.• like the others this is also done with computer generated image.• The ﬁlm again was a box ofﬁce hit and their highest grossing ﬁlm so far.
Up• Release date May 29 2009• directed by Pete Docter, Produced by Jonas Rivera, Screenplay by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, Starring Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer and Jordan Nagai.• the story is about a young boy called Carl who is into aviation and he meets a girl called Ellie who is also into Aviation which then follows up to them being married until her death which then Carl decides to live on paradise falls like him and Ellie’s dream until he ﬁnds Russell a wilderness explorer who stays with him until they ﬁnd a talking dog called dug who is working for Charles Muntz who is trying to ﬁnd the beast of paradise falls which they end up helping to ﬁnd and get back to his home while Charles is trying to ﬁnd the beast and show the world that he was not lying.• the ﬁlm was is done in with CGI graphics like all other pixar ﬁlm• the ﬁlm was the ﬁrst animated ﬁlm to receive 5 academy awards.
Woody• Woody is the main character in Pixar’s ﬁrst ﬁlm Toy Story and normally the most recognised character in any pixar ﬁlm also appearing in three ﬁlms. Woody is meant to be a old fashioned toy from the 50’s possibly to show that he could have been a hand me down from Andy’s father. Woody also is the leader and the idea that Pixar wanted is that Woody is a role model for children that he learns from his mistakes and helps anyone in need of help
Key Technology• Pixar create their ﬁlms using digital Technology which works in different stages ﬁrst they will draw the ideas down and then animate them then adding more detail to the whole set then adding more detail and then the lighting to really bring it to life and then checking if their is nothing missing or not complete or out of place and then they animate the sequence which then will have the voice overs. Pixar’s latest ﬁlm Brave is the ﬁrst ﬁlm to use the new Dolby Atmos sound system. which the company hope is the future of the cinema with new surround sound will make everything sound clearer and more effective