Toy Story, the world’s first computer animated feature film, is released in theaters on November 22. It opens at #1 that weekend and will go on to become the highest grossing film of the year, making $192 million domestically and $362 million worldwide.
Pixar’s initial public offering takes place just days later, on November 28. It is the largest IPO of the year.
Toy Story is recognized with Academy Award® nominations for Best Original Song, Best Original Score, and Best Original Screenplay—the first time an animated film is recognized for screenwriting. John Lasseter receives a Special Achievement Oscar® from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his “inspired leadership of the Pixar Toy Story Team resulting in the first feature-length computer animated film.”
Pixar announces that it will stop making commercials in order to concentrate on longer-format and interactive entertainment.
The Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios announce an agreement to jointly produce five movies over 10 years.
Groundbreaking for Pixar’s Emeryville
"A Bug's Life" is released in theaters on November 25, accompanied by the short film “Geri’s Game.”
Toy Story 2 is released in theaters on November 24. It is the first film in history to be entirely created, mastered and exhibited digitally. It is accompanied by a rerelease of “Luxo Jr.”
Pixar moves to its new building in Emeryville, California.
Monsters, Inc. is released in theaters on November 2, accompanied by the short film “For the Birds.”
“A Bug's Land”, a themed land based on A Bug’s Life, opens at Disney California Adventure Park.
Finding Nemo is released in theaters on May 30, accompanied by a re-mastered version of
The Incredibles is released in theaters on November 5, accompanied by the short film “Boundin’.”
“Turtle Talk with Crush” opens at Epcot in the
Walt Disney World Resort.
Pixar’s first external exhibition of original artwork,
Pixar: 20 Years of Animation, opens at the
Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The late story artist Joe Ranft is named a Disney Legend.
The Walt Disney Company announces that it has agreed to purchase Pixar Animation Studios. As part of the deal,
Ed Catmull and John Lasseter also assume leadership of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Pixar celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Cars is released in theaters on June 9, accompanied by the short film “One Man Band.”
Ratatouille is released in theaters on June 29, accompanied by the short film “Lifted.”
"Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage” opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in California.
WALL•E is released in theaters on June 27, accompanied by the short film “Presto.”
“Toy Story Midway Mania!” opens at Disney parks in California and Florida.
Up becomes the first animated feature film to open the Cannes Film Festival. It opens in wide release on May 29 with the short film “Partly Cloudy.”
"Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek" opens at Tokyo Disneyland
Toy Story 3 is released in theaters on June 18, accompanied by the short film “Day and Night.”
“Toy Story Playland,” a themed land based on the
Toy Story films, opens at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.
Cars 2 is released in theaters on June 24, accompanied by the first Toy Story Toon, “Hawaiian Vacation.”
Pixar celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Construction of the second new building on Pixar’s Emeryville campus is completed.
“Toy Story Land” opens at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Brave is released in theaters on June 22, accompanied by the short film “La Luna.”
"Cars Land" opens at Disney California Adventure Park.
Menv (“men-vee”), Pixar’s long-lived proprietary animation system, is officially retired in favor of a completely new proprietary system named Presto, after the studio’s 2008 short film. Brave is the first film animated using this new system—which is still referred to internally as “menv.”
Pixar, in partnership with the San Francisco Symphony, launches "Pixar in Concert", a symphonic rendition of the scores of Pixar films.
Monsters University is released in theaters on June 21, accompanied by the short film “The Blue Umbrella.”
The TV special "Toy Story Of TERROR!" airs on ABC.
The holiday TV special "Toy Story That Time Forgot" airs on ABC.
"Ratatouille: The Adventure" opens in Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.
The Good Dinosaur, accompanied by the short film “Sanjay's Super Team,” is released in theatres on November 25.
After premiering at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May, Inside Out is released on June 19, accompanied by the short film “LAVA.”
Pixar releases its Academy Award®-winning RenderMan® software for non-commercial use.
Online educational program Pixar in a Box is released in partnership with Khan Academy.
The Science Behind Pixar exhibit opens at the Museum of Science, Boston.
"The Toy Story Hotel" and "Buzz Lightyear Planet Rescue" attraction debut with the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort.
Finding Dory, accompanied by the short film “Piper,” is released in theatres on June 17.