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List of Pixar Movies
By Robert Vaux
Source: Pixar's home page
Pixar was founded in 1979, when it was a branch of Lucasfilm Ltd. In the first decade of its existence, it produced animated shorts rendered on computer: clever, funny stories told in a new medium which anticipated the brilliance to come. In 1995, they produced their first feature length movie. Nine more followed in the ensuing fourteen years, establishing an unprecedented legacy for strong storytelling, financial success and technological innovation. No other studio in history has matched their track record and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Toy StoryPixar's list of feature films begins with "Toy Story," the tale of sentient toys that occupy the bedroom of a little boy. Directed by John Lasseter and featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, it became a surprise hit in 1995 and has since attained the status of a modern classic.
A Bug's LifeThree years later, Pixar struck again, this time by re-interpreting Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece "Seven Samurai" from the viewpoint of animated insects. With "A Bug's Life," Lasseter and co-director Andrew Stanton proved that their first effort was no fluke.
Toy Story 2Few sequels are as well regarded as "Toy Story 2," and indeed in many people's minds it surpassed the already-impressive accomplishments of the first film. Hanks and Allen reprised their roles as Woody the cowboy and Buzz Lightyear, this time in an effort to rescue Woody from the hands of a toy collector. The 1999 feature was directed by Lassetter, Lee Unkrich and Ash Brannon, and marked another box office smash for Pixar.
Monsters, Inc.Pete Doctor, Lee Unkrich and David Silverman took over directing for Pixar's fourth feature, "Monsters, Inc." in 2001. It further reinforced Pixar's blend of imaginative storytelling and CGI mastery in its story of monsters in the closet that are themselves deathly frightened of the very children they scare.
Finding NemoIn 2003, Pixar reached a pair of milestones. Its fifth feature, "Finding Nemo," about a tropical fish in search of its lost child, grossed more money than any of its previous films (and as of 2009 remained its biggest box office hit to date). It also scored a prize that "Monsters, Inc." couldn't: Pixar's first Best Animated Feature Academy Award.
The IncrediblesPixar repeated "Finding Nemo's" Oscar feat in 2004. This time, it was new Pixar director Brad Bird leading the charge, with the story of a misfit superhero family grappling with a hidden adversary.
CarsPixar has yet to truly stumble, but its pace fell off slightly with 2006's "Cars," directed by John Lassetter and Joe Ranft. The praise was somewhat less glowing for this story of a world full of talking cars, and the box office returns, while healthy, were slightly off the expected pace.
RatatouilleBrad Bird and Jan Pinkava got things back on track in 2007 with "Ratatouille," about a misunderstood rat trying to become a gourmet chef. It returned Pixar's box office to its previous levels, while snagging the company its third Best Animated Feature Oscar.
WALL*EThings didn't slow down in 2008, when "WALL*E," the tale of robot romance in a post-apocalyptic future, scored a fourth Best Animated Feature Oscar (and another healthy chunk of profit to boot).
UpPixar's 10th animated feature touched down in 2009: "Up," a whimsical fantasy about an old man who lifts his house with a cloud of balloons to go explore South America.