Pixar is an enormous name in the entertainment industry, and they consistently produce smash hits beloved by both children and adults. As their films are constantly getting press, and products tied into the films are constantly emerging, it may seem like they release several films a year – however, in actuality, Pixar’s schedule is far slower. How slow? Well, over the past twenty years, they’ve only released 15 feature films, yet they were virtually all smash hits – Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E, Up… I mean, basically everything they create is gold. They manage to stay on top despite opting to not churn out films every few months in order to stay in the public’s memory. They know that producing amazing films is the key to their success, and they stick with that formula.
Obviously, a huge part of the company’s success comes from the immensely talented group of individuals working in Emeryville, California, at Pixar headquarters. They’ve snagged the studio 26 Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, three Grammys, and countless other accolades. However, apart from the films they produce, the general public doesn’t really know too much about the studio. When was the company started? Who comes up with the plots for all the films? What’s it like to work at Pixar? There are countless questions that many have about the infamous studio, so here are 10 things you may not have known about Pixar.
10 They didn’t start as a film making company
9 The lamp has a name
8 Many of their biggest hits came from a single lunch meeting
7 Nearly every film has a common hidden number
6 Pixar headquarters has a secret speakeasy
5 Their revenue per film is astounding
4 Animators don’t work in standard cubicles
3 The name came out of one conversation
2 George Lucas and Steve Jobs were heavily involved
1 Movies at Pixar take forever to make
It may seem like Pixar manages to take a little over a year to make each movie, as that’s about the frequency at which they hit theatres – 15 films over the course of about 20 years, roughly. However, that’s not quite what happens inside the studio. According to Pixar president Ed Catmull, films don’t go perfectly from start to finish: the first mock-ups, the trials that animators craft, “are truly ugly: awkward and unformed, vulnerable and incomplete.” It takes a lot of tinkering and refining in order to create the visually stunning product that audiences see. One of their more recent films, Monsters University, took more than four years to make!
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