10 Amazing Pixar Facts You Never Knew Were Actually True

Pixar Facts

Toy Story, Monster’s Inc., Up…these are just some of the iconic movies from Pixar Animation Studios. And there are lots of awesome facts about these flicks. Back in the 1970s, Pixar was known as the “Graphics Group” in the Lucas Films company. In 1984, Graphics Group released their first shot, which used motion blur and hand painted textures.

Since then, we’ve seen Pixar blow up to be the place to go for top-notch animated films. So read on for more on our list of 10 amazing Pixar facts you never knew were actually true. You won’t regret a single minute of this!

Amazing Facts about Pixar

1 Pixar is on Fire

The studio has released over 15 feature films to date.

2 It All Hinged on Toy Story

Steve Jobs was ready to give up on Pixar but he held out to see how Toy Story would go.

3 John Lasseter, Disney-Pixar Hybrid

He worked for Disney before going to Pixar Studios.

4 That Was a Close One

Steve Jobs almost sold Pixar to Microsoft…the horror!

5 Pixar Helped with Advertising

They worked for Tropicana orange juice and Listerine mouthwash.

6 Picking up Momentum at Pixar

Tin Toy was released in 1988 and was the first animated film to win an Oscar.

7 The First Pixar Short

It featured two desk lamps and a bouncy ball (a.k.a. The Pixar icon.)

8 Steve Jobs’ Contribution

The Graphics Group started making medical technology.

9 A $5 Million Deal

Steve Jobs paid George Lucas $5 million to purchase the rights to Graphics Group’s technology.

10 Steve Jobs Bought Graphics Group

After being axed from Apple, Steve Jobs bought the group in 1986.

11 This multi-billion dollar studio (over $9 billion, mind you) is currently working on a handful of films as you read this. The average Pixar film grosses more than $620 million.

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