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Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios
Current Name Pixar Animation Studios
Role Animation Studio
Founded February 3, 1986
Key Figure(s) Edwin Catmull (Founder)
Alvy Ray Smith (Founder)
Jim Morris (President)
John Lasseter (Former CCO)
Pete Docter (CCO)
Parent Company Lucasfilm (Formerly)
The Walt Disney Company

Pixar Animation Studios, or Pixar for short, is an animation company who presumably would have handled Howard the Duck as originally intended.


The company started as part of the computer division of Lucasfilm, helping George Lucas build his vision of digital filmmaking. He had intended for them to make Howard the Duck but Universal Pictures forced him to make it live-action. After the film proved a major failure, Lucas was forced to sell the division to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

After experimenting with a series of shorts, Pixar made the very first fully computer animated feature, which was distributed by The Walt Disney Company. The two companies partnered to create numerous critically acclaimed films. Following the conclusion of the contract, Disney purchased Pixar. Coincidentally, Disney would later purchase both Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm. After several films together, COO John Lasseter moved over to Walt Disney Animation Studios to help them as their films' critical reception had been dropping, eventually leading them to rise up again and produce Big Hero 6.

The films they have made are Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Cars 3, Coco, Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, Onward, and Soul.

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