What Makes a Story Reliable

Pixar makes the best movies — beloved by kids and adults, they have the perfect balance of humor and drama, and all the right elements to make a fantastic story. This brief video will explain why you don’t need to worry whether you’ll waste your money buying a ticket to a Pixar film — they’re almost guaranteed to impress, every time, but it’s not an accident and it’s not the branding; there are very specific reasons. Watch to learn more.

 

Things you may not know about Pixar

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Pixar is one of the greatest animation studios that the world has ever seen with animated movies that have been nothing less of successful for each that the studio churns out. However, Pixar or as it is known in full, Pixar Animation Studios is one of the brainchild’s’ of one of the greatest technological as well as savvy business minds of our generation, Steve Jobs. It is widely known for using Renderman to create characters that are just beyond animation and that are what this company has always been about. So where did it all start? It was founded approximately 30 years ago on the 3rd of February 1986. It initially started out as part of a group of a larger entity that was owned by Lucasfilm known as Graphics Group in 1979. It broke out in 1986 with the help of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc. Edwin Catmull, who was the President of The Graphics Group at the time as well as Alvy Ray Smith, who was the Executive Vice President, are also the co-founders of Pixar with Steve.

Edwin and Alvy were worried because Lucasfilm was about to sell the company and this would prompt them not getting to finish the first computer animated film. Steve bought the company from George Lucas at just $5 Million, which George had at first found as a too low offer but with no other prospective investors in sight he had to take the deal. Steve had recently been fired from Apple. He injected another $5 Million cash into the company and became the chairman of the board of directors of the company. However, Pixar’s hardware division failed miserably, and eventually, following a property tax protest in Houston, they were forced to sell it. By this time, Steve was the total owner of the company because it had done miserably and each time it needed money; he injected more. His capital grew to the sum of $50 Million.

It produced computer animated commercials that were quite successful like Tropicana, Life Savers, and Listerine. With Walt Disney Pictures owning a stake in Pixar, they entered a deal worth $26 Million in 1991 to produce three computer-animated films and thus the birth of Toy Story. The company, however, was not making any money then and by 1994, Steve, being the sole owner of the company considered selling it. However, Steve learned that some New York critics had praised Toy Story and were saying that it would be a hit, Steve decided to wait for it till Toy Story came out which was going to be the Christmas of 1995 and Walt Disney would distribute it. Toy Story went on to gross over $361 Million worldwide, and that was the start of so many other future successful ventures by this company. Walt Disney bought Pixar in 2006 for $7.4 Billion. Pixar has gone on to gross an estimated $9.5 Billion from all its 16 films that it has released since inception. It has also won a lot of awards thanks to its movies that have won the hearts of many all throughout the years and still continue to do so until this day with the most recent film being Minions.

Our Favorite Pixar Movies Ever

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Long ago there were two eras that distinctly differentiated animation, that is BD (before Disney) and AD (after Disney). However, with the upstart of Pixar in 1995 during the release of Toy Story movie, animation has had a tremendous change having 13 films released, 12 of them being certified Fresh. So if you are a fan of innovation and entertaining movies, now is the most opportune time to take a close peek at the amazing filmography of the studio at full-length, not forgetting the movies that brought it to being. As we brainstorm, here are a few best ranked Pixar movies from time to time.

Toy Story 2

After the successful release of Toy Story in 1995, the 1999 Toy Story 2’s landing in the theater had been drafted as an original plan by Disney to have the famous sequel turned to a direct-to-video affair. With Tom Banks playing the role of Woody while his counterpart Tim Allen was the thrilling Buzz and the adventures of Andy’s Toys, the movie gave a healthy tune of a $485 million worldwide gross, with a quite encouraging feedback from the public. They pointed out that each character had more than a single piece of story worth telling. The journey being every bit exciting as the first,one of the viewers, Jay Carry pointed out that it was everything one desired in a sequel.

Finding Nemo

In 2003, a tale went down the history road of a single dad (Albert Brooks) and his brain damaged friend (Ellen DeGeneres) who searched tirelessly for his kidnapped son was released. This was a Pixar production where characters were animated talking fish. Nemo read like a thrillingthriller with no action. However the audience rewarded Pixar studio greatly with a global gross of $865 million with amazing feedback from viewers like Peter Travers who pointed out that it was a carefully crafted beautiful piece whose entertainment was pretty cool.

Inside Out 2015

With every positive remarks,comes criticism. Pixar faced quite a number when growing throughout the industry. However, it managed to shush the critics with release of the remarkable INSIDE OUT movie. A story of a discrete solo life of an 11 year aged damsel going by the name Riley (Kaitlin Dias). It speaks of how her family move hits a sequence of eventsthat bring about the adventures of her emotions. With characters such as Joy who in real life is Amy Poehler, Sadness who real name is Phyllis Smith, Fear the renowned Bill Harder, Anger whose name is Lewis Black, and lastly disgust (Mindy Kaling), Riley comes to grip with changes she’s facing with her emotional roller-coaster, inside out got a 98% rating with positive feedback such as Moria MacDonald who pointed out that in the lieu of pulse pounding drama, the story is epic with a story line that changes, entertains, nostalgic and dazzling.

Pixar has indeed grown from animation that bore the Disney for a longer period to what it is now. Every step of the way it has worked to set the bar and focusing to be better than the rest. You would surely be interested to know what it has in store for you next. Remember it’s all about entertainment.

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Carol reviews Brave

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Pixar has set the bar so high for computer animated features that judgment against them is particularly strict. This works against Brave, which is unfortunately a grandly mediocre accomplishment. For any other studio, it might have been enough to be cute and adventuresome, but for Pixar, audiences will demand emotional attachment, resourcefully funny humor, dramatic poignancy, and character development that begets unforgettable personas. Brave just doesn’t bring any of that to the table, instead being palatable and pleasant but never groundbreaking or awe-inspiring. It’s hopelessly average – made almost unforgivable because of the quirky, bounding desk lamp that has become known in the industry as a proclaimer of animated masterpieces.

“A princess strives for perfection,” insists Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), a proper, respected leader trying desperately to curb her impetuous daughter’s mindset. But defiant young princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) wants nothing to do with the games of competition that will decide her suitor from the three neighboring clans of Scottish warriors. Betrothal and a planned life couldn’t be more unattractive to the orange-haired youth who wants to journey into the forest for adventure and archery practice. While King Fergus (Billy Connolly) entertains the visiting lords and their sons, Merida sneaks out and stumbles into the secluded cottage of an old wood carver who offers to conjure a spell that will forever change the queen’s stance on marriage.

As with the trailers for Up, Brave wisely gives nothing away with the brief, comedic, introductory television spots. But magic, destiny, fate, legends, the breaking of traditions, and the pursuit of freedoms are all involved in the fast-paced world of ancient Scotland. There is also no less than three montages governed by singing; an element generally absent from the stirring orchestral compositions found in Pixar’s more mature ventures. The stereotypical portrayal of Scottish culture feels reminiscent of How to Train Your Dragon’s Viking inhabitants, which is to say that the visuals of clothing, sets, and character designs are largely unoriginal. The typical rebellious teen provides laughs, but again creates a sense of the film struggling to relate to audiences. A role reversal of mother and daughter caring for one another is mildly amusing but also derivative of the frequent theme of prematurely being forced into responsibility and action, found in countless other animations.

Although commonly taken for granted, the water effects are spectacular, as are various elemental inventions. The backdrop is more gorgeous than Outdoor Wedding Venues in DFWAnymore, scrutiny seems pulled in directions other than the stunning imagery that takes innumerable hours and plenty of talent to construct and animate. Alas, the lack of an involving plot negates the splendor of lighting, cinematography, smoke-like wisps, or even Merida’s hair, an impressively buoyant, spongy, carrot-colored mass that is seemingly a character of its own. Comic mischief, silly rudeness, a PG-worthy intensity, and occasionally mirthful dialogue similarly get lost in the resoundingly contrived cure for the curse, complete disregard for closure with the witch, and ignorance to the resolution of Merida’s three brothers’ plight (which is unexplained despite a more than trivial involvement). Brave is frustratingly trifling.

Our Favorite Pixar Characters

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Pixar has been creating characters that the world as fallen in love with since it’s first computer animated movie, Toy Story. These characters have lived in the hearts on not just children but adults as well and some have even formed an emotional bond with the characters. It is no surprise that these movies have even gone to gross higher than any other animated films ever. This is the kind of love that the audience has with Pixar’s characters that are just unshakable and with each movie that comes out, fans love even that more than the previous. However, there are some characters that will always remain with us. Below are some of the characters from Pixar that are the audience favorite.

Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story

Buzz Lightyear lit up the screens in Toy Story and was even more beloved by Andy than Woody, who was the main character in the movie. Buzz was just exceptional, and many fans have agreed that this is one of those characters that you just have to love from Toy Story. He won the hearts of many in the movie, and it is for this reason that Buzz takes a place as one of the greatest Pixar characters ever created.

Dug from Up

A golden retriever that is obese and belongs to Charles Muntz in the animated movie Up that is one of the most successful films. He can speak English fluently thanks to a unique collar that translates his thoughts into words. This was an invention of Muntz. He is that dog that no one would ever afford to hate, and he is voted in a lot of platforms as one of the best characters that Pixar has created over the years. He made the movie Up just an incredible piece of film art, and this is why he is loved all over the world.

Woody from Toy Story

Woody is that character that had an attitude and protected whatever he loved at whatever cost. Probably this is why many find him adorable and can relate to the character in a deeper feeling. He is bent on the idea that he and Andy are meant to be together forever and even when Andy goes to college, he does not want to leave him. He is a jealous type but loving, and that is why he knocks Buzz out of a window just because he was jealous that Andy was playing more with him rather than he. However, many can relate to this character, and he gives an outstanding performance in Toy Story and will remain unforgettable.

Princess Elsa from Frozen

She is the star of one of the most successful films in animation as well as the film industry. She is a Princess that can never go unnoticed and the character that she plays in the film is just brilliant. Pixar sure did make Princess Elsa come to life in this film. She destroys the plans of the Snow Queen and saves the world and the love story in the film as well won the hearts of many fans and this is why she will always remain the most favorite character of Pixar.

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How it all began

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Pixar started out as Lucasfilm’s animation division in 1979. It was called Graphics Group. George Lucas supposedly started this division to handle the custom 3D tasks created by the film “Star Wars.” Although not the first film to use custom 3D CG, it was “Star Wars” that first brought it to the public’s attention and many films using the technology followed.

During the 1980’s, it became known as a pioneering research center in the CG world, but it was unknown outside of this specialized community. It worked on animated sequences of Lucasfilm’s feature-lengths and also spent time conducting research and experimentation, the results of which would eventually become the CG we know today.

In 1986, it was bought by Steve Jobs and christened “Pixar.” The next year it produced its first animated short, “Red’s Dream.” Although it looks primitive by today’s standards, this short was nominated for an Academy Award, and won other awards in the computer animation world.

The Feature-Length Animated Film That Changed Everything

One film took Pixar from a research center only known in the CG community to a household name. This film was 1995’s “Toy Story.” “Toy Story” was the first feature-length film created completely with custom 3D computer graphics. It showed the world images that had never been seen before.

“Toy Story” was originally planned as a 30-minute Christmas special for television. Disney, which was licensed to handle Pixar’s marketing and distribution, saw the film and realized its potential. Executives at Disney did the math and realize it would be a huge hit. They suggested to Pixar that it produce “Toy Story” as a full length, and they were happy to oblige. Disney was right; it was a box office smash.

Following “Toy Story,” Pixar produced 10 more feature-length films completely made with custom 3D computer graphics. They’ve all been huge hits that are among the highest grossing films in history. “Toy Story 3” is the highest grossing animated feature film of all time. Each of these films was an innovation over the previous one. It’s easy to see how Pixar is challenging the boundaries of CG to see what else can be done with the medium.

All of these films were distributed and marketed by Disney. In 2004, following disagreements over the sequel and story rights of “Toy Story 2,” Pixar and Disney had a falling out. This led to the 2006 purchase of Pixar by Disney. Part of the deal was that Pixar would be allowed complete creative control over its productions, a rare privilege for people who work with Disney.

Pixar has become one of if not the most successful animation studios of our time. The studio has won several Academy Awards for their work with computers to create a new generation of films. The studio has been recognized for their innovation of computer graphics for the film making industry. Without these technological advances animation films could not be what they are today. Pixar has recently teamed up with Disney to make some of the most successful animated films. In this article I will discuss Pixar’s purpose, technological advancements in the animation film, their films, their partnership with Disney, and their success as a studio.

According to Pixar’s website their objective is to combine proprietary technological and world-class creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable character and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages. This purpose statement can also be seen as a mission statement. It is not product oriented, for instance it does not say we are going to create films about a specific topic thus limiting them from expanding. By defining their audience to be of all ages they are allowing themselves to enter into many genres and not limiting themselves to childhood animation.

Pixar has released nine movies in the past thirteen years each grossing over $360 Million dollars worldwide. Pixar is credited with being most beneficial companies in the animation who knows maybe animation films may still be being made by hand as two dimensional draws. With their help things are much easier for everyone involved in the film making and the payoff is great for the audiences who fell in love with animated movies.

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