PIXAR:  A History

 In Ocean Academy

By: Professor James/OA Student 

The newest class I taught this year was the history of Pixar Animation Studios. In 1986, they released Luxo Jr, their first short film, about a desk lamp playing with a ball. Since then, Luxo Jr became the studio’s official mascot. My classmate’s assignment was to write a biography of their favorite characters from each movie. Pixar began in 1979, known as Graphics Group, owned by George Lucas, the producer of Star Wars. Then in 1982, it became Pixar Studios, owned by Disney, with  John Lasseter, as chief creative officer.


Here is a list of all the movies they made from the past two decades.

Toy Story (1995)

A Bug’s Life (1998)

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Finding Nemo (2003)

The Incredibles (2004)Cars (2006)

Ratatouille (2007)

WALL-E (2008)

Up (2009)

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Cars 2 (2011)

Brave (2012)

Monsters University (2013)

Inside Out (2015)

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Finding Dory (2016)

Cars 3 (2017)

Coco (2018) (In theaters now)

Toy Story 4 (2018)

Finding Marlin (2018)

The Incredibles 2 (2019)

They made a lot, but it was worth it!

Walt Disney soon purchased Pixar, and they soon worked together to make stunning and compelling animated movies, especially short films. Over time, Pixar has became popular like Disney, and so has its movies. It was that little desk lamp who started it all. Even though Disney was good at animation, they thought they needed a partner. It has filled the hearts and minds of children and adults over the years, and is still going on as of today.

Keep on animating!

Showing 27 comments
  • James Dolan

    I enjoyed teaching them the history of this legendary animation studio. Wish we could’ve watched the movies!

  • Carlos Gomez

    I think that James did a good job in this class. It really taught a lot of things about Pixar.
    Good job James.!

  • Tierney

    This was a very interesting class.It was fun learning about the history of pixar.

  • ricky

    My favorite is “Toy story”!

  • Ms. Caffee

    I wish I could have seen your lesson James! I love Pixar; my family and I are looking forward to seeing Coco!

  • Noah Horton

    That was a really fun class. I think James did a great job teaching that class.

  • krystal

    I cant wait for the new “Incredibles” to come out! I’m already excited, I loved this entry. thank you James!

  • Jack Nogueira

    Awesome job, great lesson.

  • god

    I wasn’t there but it looks interesting!

    • cody

      It was very interesting ,pretty fun and happy!

  • Michael Sambucini, Jr

    Wow. That’s a lot of movies, and new ones coming out seem interesting. I can’t wait to see them.

  • Dylan Dagner

    Nice job Professor James. Hope you get to do more lessons this year.

  • Elijah Spikes

    James you did a great job liked the videos you picked.

  • Anthony Chase

    I’m sorry I could not be there James. My favorite Pixar movie is Inside Out.

  • Mrs.Heather

    Sounds like I missed a great lesson! Way to go Professor James!

  • kaitly

    I think this was a very well written blog, good job James. Hope you get to teach us again.

  • Zachary Syanovitz

    I didn’t get have this class but, looks like I miss a fun time.

  • james dobias

    I wasn’t there for the class and it sounded like fun. I wish I could of been there.

  • Mr. Goldberg

    Wow Professor James I had no idea the original animated feature for Pixar was that lamp they always show. This sounded like a really cool lesson–I wish I could have been there. I should have gotten a substitute to teach my class so I could have attended!

  • Kathleen Malley

    Awesome lesson James! Can’t wait to see what lesson you come up with next!

  • bethanie

    I love the pixar lamp! Wish I was there for this it sounds amazing.

  • Zachary C

    It seems that everyone who was there had a great time! I hope that Professor James can teach more classes soon.

  • Cynthia Teller

    Great job James! I am excited for Toy Story 4 and The Icredibles 2 to come out!

  • Judy Crosta

    Great job James!

  • Nicholas Sweeney

    I love Disney/Pixar movies and I’m going to Disney World in December. My favorite Disney/Pixar movies are Toy Story 1-3, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, and etc.

  • Scott

    Thank you for inviting me to observe your Pixar lesson. It was an effective and very interesting. Later Mater!

  • Rachel Strickland

    I REALLY want to be an animator for Disney. Looking at this article kind of gives me an insight into the history of one company that works with them. I thank you for the lesson.

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