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Background

Pixar Animation Studios (pronounced "pics-ar") was formed in 1986 by Edwin Catmull, Steve Jobs, and John Lasseter. It originally produced CGI animated shorts, most notablyThe Adventures of André and Wally B., Luxo Jr., and Tin Toy. They later began work on feature films starting with Toy Story, a joint production with Walt Disney Feature Animation, released in 1995. Currently, In 2006, Pixar was acquired by the Walt Disney Company.

1st Logo
(August 17, 1986-1989)

Nicknames: "The Square", "The Pixar Square"

Logo:

Opening:

  • Luxo Jr: On a black background, we see a grey square with four circles in redgreenblue, and white respectively below fading in. Suddenly, a white light hovers over them, making them 3-D. The circles the turn into spheres. A circle zooms in on the square and four spheres zoom out. The word "P · I · X · A · R" fades in with each sphere and the end of the letter. After a few seconds, the square and the word fades out. The background then fades to the opening title.
  • Red's Dream: We see the same square from before fading in on the black background. The same word from before, but with the spheres have replaced with diamonds in the same color as the word, fades in the length of the square, which fades out. After a few seconds, the word fades out. The background then fades to the opening shot.
  • Tin Toy: After a few seconds of a black background, we see the same word from before sliding in from the right. The opening title design then does the same movement.
  • Knick Knack (Original Version): After a few seconds of the black background, the light revealed the square as seen in the first two versions. The word (now streched out) zooms in front of the square. After that, the dark spotlight wipes the square out and the word then fades out. The background then cuts to the opening title.

Trivia: On Tin Toy, the square can be seen on a bag. This logo makes a cameo in Toy Story 2 on a television channel seen by Andy's toys during the famous channel changing scene.

FX/SFX: It varies.

Music/Sounds: A big band style tune (which is Take a Bow 1, composed by David Lindup).

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • The Luxo Jr. version has Take a Bow 1, composed by David Lineup for the logo itself.
    • On the 2007 home media release of Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1, it is silent.
  • The Red's Dream version has the opening sounds of the rainstorm fading in throughout continuing into the opening shot.
  • The Tin Toy version has the opening music starting throughout that continues into the opening shot.
  • The Knick Knack version has the music starting throughout that continues throughout the entire short.

Availability: Seen on those shorts. However, the 1999 reissue of Luxo Jr. have the opening logo replaced with the next one.

Scare Factor: None.


2nd Logo
(November 22, 1995- )


Nicknames: "Luxo Jr.", "Pixar Lamp"

Logo: We see the text:

P I X A R

On a light blue background.Then a lamp hops by. He stops once he notices the "I". He shakes his body and bounces on the "I" until his jumps squish it. He looks around as the text "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fades in. He then faces the camera. The light slowly dims until it's completely dark. Luxo Jr.is still on though, but he turns off, making the screen completely dark.


Variants:

  • Originally, in the trailers (Including the home video trailer from 1996) and TV Spots of Toy Story, the words are white in the black background.
    • The color were later inverted on all episodes of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Monsters, Inc. for GBC, and Operation: Camouflage for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • Beginning in 1998 at the beginning of films from A Bug's Life onward (Not counting Monsters, Inc. and Cars; including most prints of Cars 2), it animates as normal, but after the lamp turns it fades to black early. This also applies at the beginning of short films Boundin and One Man's Band.
  • A still version with Luxo Jr. exists on Toy Story 3 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • Mainly on trailers and TV spots, at the beginning of Monsters, Inc., at the beginning of shorts starting from Partly Cloudly, at the end of TV specials, and on the second trailer for Coco titled "Dante's Treat", the tail end of the animation plays.
  • Recently, starting with WALL-E, the logo was given a HD look with the same animation intact.
  • At the end of the theatrical release of Wall-E, it plays as normal, but it cuts in at the beginning, but after the lamp turns, it freezes for the few seconds before "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fades in.
    • Beginning with UP, after the lamp turns "ANIMATION STUDIOS" then fades in.
  • At the beginning of the 2009 re-release of Toy Story, it plasters the existing WDP logo variation, but still fades to the opening shot.
  • On Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure, the animation starts from the point where the lamp is already in place.
  • On one TV spot for Finding Dory, "ANIMATION STUDIOS" is absent.
  • At both the beginning (Opening variation) and the end (Normal version) of Cars 3, it cuts in like the WALL•E variation (and it's custom counterpart).

Anniversary Variants:

  • In 2006, Pixar celebrated 20 years. At the beginning of Cars (Excluding the 3D version), the logo plays as normal. When the background darkens, the words:

C E L E B R A T I N G

2 0    Y E A R S

fades in with the lamp as the "0" in "20". When you look closely as the background darkens, the lamp slightly dims the brightness. It stays dark for a few seconds longer than the normal version. The words disappeared as the lamp turns off.

  • In 2011, Pixar celebrated 25 years. At the beginning of theatrical prints of Cars 2, the logo plays as normal, but after the lamp turns, the leters of "PIXAR" (Excluding the already squished "I") and "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fades out leaving the background and lamp behind. Then it fades to black, as "CELEBRATING" (With the "C" formed from Luxo Jr.'s light) fades in, zooming forward. The blue vertically-stacked:

25
YEARS

fades in as "CELEBRATING" fades out. "25 YEARS" then fades out.

FX/SFX: Very nice CGI! But after 21 years, it is outdated.

Music/Sounds: In order: the metallic sound of the lamp hopping, a "jingle" when the lamp shakes its body, squeaky rubber-like sounds when it jumps on the I, and some other sounds as it looks around. And the last sound we hear is a light turning off (this can be heard at the end of feature films or some shorts).

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • The trailers and TV spots have their music playing over it.
  • At the end of A Bug's Life, the closing credits song ends over it, with the last sound intact.
  • At the end of the first theatrical release (Including the 2005 DVD) of Toy Story 2, the second closing credits song ends over it.
  • On For the Birds, the short's music starts immediately after the last sound.
  • At the beginning of Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Inside Out, the opening theme plays over it.
    • At the end of the former, it depands:
      • The first theatrical release (Including the Widescreen version on the 2002 DVD release, and the 2012 2D reissue) has the closing theme ending over it.
      • The second theatrical release (Including the full-screen version on the 2002 DVD/VHS) has the closing credits song ending over it.
  • On the 2003 reissue of Knick Knack, the short's music plays over it with the last sound intact.
  • At the beginning of Finding Nemo, the opening sound starts when it fades to black.
  • On Jack Jack Attack, the end of the closing credits music of The Incredibles plays over it with the last sound intact.
  • On One Man's Band, the last sound is replaced with the orchestra starting to warm up leading to the opening title.
  • At the beginning of UP, the opening sound starts after the lamp turns.
  • At the end of Toy Story 3, the closing theme ends throughout with the last sound intact.
  • At the end of Finding Dory, the second half of the closing stinger plays over it with the last sound intact.
  • On the Cars 3 closing variation, the second half of the closing stinger plays over it and the stinger ends itself as the lamp turns. The last sound is still intact.

Availability: The normal version is seen at the end of movies from Toy Stroy (Where it debuted) onward, and at the beginning of the shorts Geri's Game, the 1999 reissue of Luxo Jr. and For the Birds.

Scare Factor: None.

3rd Logo (3-D Alternative):
(May 29, 2009- )

Nicknames: "Luxo Jr. II", "Pixar Lamp II"

Logo: We start with a black screen. The camera pans to the right as we see the previous Pixar logo animation as usual. Instead of "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fading in, it fades in, then zooms in until it stops under the Pixar logo. The rest of the logo plays as normal. This whole logo is in 3-D.

Variants:

  • When the logo first debuted at the beginning of Up, the logo animates as normal, but after the background darkens, the light dims out.
  • At the beginning of 2009 3D release of Toy Story, the logo fades to the opening shot.
  • Beginning from 2009, at the beginning of films from Toy Story 2 onward, the logo animates as normal, but after the lamp turns it fades to black early.

Aniversary Variant: In 2011, Pixar celebrated 25 years. See second logo.

FX/SFX: Very nice 3-D CGI going around here!

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • At the beginning of Up, the opening sound starts after the background darkens.
  • At the end of Toy Story 3, the closing theme ends throughout with the last sound intact.
  • At the beginning of the 2012 3D release of Finding Nemo, the opening sound starts when it fades to black.
  • On the 2012 3D release of Monsters, Inc. and Inside Out, the opening theme plays over it.
    • At the end of the former, the closing theme ends over it.
  • On For the Birds, the short's music starts immediately after the lamp turns off.
  • At the end of Finding Dory, the second half of the closing stinger plays over it with the last sound intact.
  • At the end of Cars 3, the second half of the closing stinger plays over it and ends at the lamp turns. The last sound is still intact.

Availability: Seen on all Pixar 3-D releases starting with Up. This and the 2011 variant of the 2006-present Walt Disney Pictures logo plaster the previous logo on 3-D release of For the Birds.

Scare Factor: None.

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