10 Amazing Facts About PIXAR

10 Amazing Pixar Facts NUMBER 10: THE GRAND UNIFIED THEORY OF PIXAR In 2013 film critic Jon Negroni put forward the idea that all Pixar films are set inside the same universe and the stories are linked by an overarching narrative The narrative begins with Brave, set in a Scottish kingdom during the Dark Ages

Fast forward to WALL-E Technology has taken over the planet and the humans have moved away Even Monsters Inc

fits into the theory, with the idea that the monsters are hyper-evolved animals from the future Sources: Jon Negroni, Movie Pilot, Slate NUMBER 9: BOO’S REAL NAME IS MARY If you look closely at the drawings of Boo from Monsters Inc they all have ‘Mary’ written at the top This is a nod to Mary Gibbs, the young actress who provided the voice of the adorable two year old

As of 2016, Mary is 19 years old When she was recording her lines, the toddler struggled to keep still Producers were forced to follow her around with a microphone as she played, in order to record her babbling Many of Mary’s screams and giggles were archived, later to be used for the voice of young Riley in 2015 film, Inside Out Sources: IMDB, Reddit

com/BooGibbs, Interviewly NUMBER 8: THE ANIMATION PROCESS The Pixar animation process is incredibly laborious A typical Pixar employee animates just 3 minutes of film in a whole year Massive computer power is required to render Pixar films It would take a single computer over 10,000 years to render and complete a single film

Luckily, Pixar has the processing power of 24,000 computers, which reduces rendering time to a measly 2 years One of the most complicated characters to animate in Pixar’s history was Monster’s Inc’s Sully As Sully’s fur has more than 2,300,000 individually animated strands of hair, any single frame featuring him would take between 11 and 12 hours to render Sources: Venture Beat, Fast Company, Web Pro News

NUMBER 7: RESEARCH FOR FINDING NEMO So they could more accurately represent the species featured in Finding Nemo, Pixar animators took graduate classes in ichthyology [ick-theology], the study of fish This was instrumental to understanding how the fish should move, creating an organic coral reef, and making the ocean look as realistic as possible One animator even climbed inside a dead whale to get a closer look at the inside of the ocean giant’s mouth Sources: The Orange County Register, National Geographic, The Fisheries Blog NUMBER 6: EASTER EGGS Pixar films are famous for hidden Easter eggs, the most well-known of which is the Pizza Planet Truck, which has been in most of the company’s movies, first appearing in Toy Story in 1995

Another notable Easter egg is ‘A113’, which features on the number plate of Andy’s mom’s car, on cardboard boxes in A Bug’s Life, and on the diver’s camera in Finding Nemo The code is a homage to a classroom at CalArts where many Pixar executives studied Voice actor John Ratzenberger has also featured in every Pixar movie and has even been described by Pixar’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, as ‘Pixar’s good luck charm’ Sources: Screen Crush, Games Radar, Slash Film NUMBER 5: PIXAR SUCCESSES Pixar is one of the most successful animation studios of all time

So far, its 16 movies have grossed a total of $97 billion worldwide, averaging $6062 million per movie On reviewing site Rotten Tomatoes, 7 out of the top 10 animated films are Pixar films Furthermore, the studio has won 26 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes and 3 Grammys

It has also broken numerous records for its merchandise Merchandise from the Cars franchise generated a whopping $10 billion of sales, which is more than the earnings of the actual films themselves Sources: Forbes, Venture Capital Post, Film Site NUMBER 4: THE UP HOUSE WOULDN’T FLY Although Pixar artists painstakingly animated approximately 10,500 individual balloons for the house on Up, that still wouldn’t be enough to actually make it fly Calculations by Pixar researchers discovered that it would actually take more than 25 million balloons to lift it

In 2011, builders in Utah created a replica of the Up house They went into excruciating detail to mimic Carl and Ellie’s house Everything from the stairway, to the chairs and the murals, to the post-box were carefully replicated The house is currently valued at $399,000 Sources: The Real Up House, Hooked on Houses, Slate

NUMBER 3: THE 2 BILLION DOLLAR LUNCH When Pixar was putting the finishing touches to Toy Story, four of its leading creators went out for lunch to casually discuss what the company was going to do next Director John Lasseter and writers Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft, and Pete Docter began brainstorming ideas, jotting them down on napkins This lunchtime saw the creation of the concepts for four smash films: A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and WALL-E, which together would go on to gross over $23 billion

Sources: Business Insider, Slash Film, Post and Courier, Box Office Mojo NUMBER 2: A BUG’S LIFE VS ANTZ In September 1998 DreamWorks released Antz, a film notably similar to Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, which came out in February of the following year Despite the earlier release of Antz, Pixar executives were suspicious of the similar concepts and storylines of the two films These suspicions were increased by the fact that DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg had attended meetings at Pixar when the story for A Bug’s Life was being developed years before

A Bug’s Life was considerably more successful than Antz, bringing in $192 million more at the box office Sources: The Dissolve, IMDB, Common Sense Media NUMBER 1: TOY STORY 2 WAS ACCIDENTALLY DELETED In 1998, when Pixar was over two months into the animation of Toy Story 2, a computer error led to over 90% of the completed footage being deleted off the shared server Luckily, Supervising Technical Director Galyn Susman came to the rescue of the panic-stricken animators Susman had recently given birth to a son and was working from home

As a result, her computer stored the only copy of the film that wasn’t connected to the server at the time of the mistake Susman wrapped her computer in blankets and carefully drove it to the studio Her car was later dubbed ‘the $100,000,000 Volvo’ for its role in the recovery of the footage Sources: The Next Web, The Independent, Tech Dirt

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