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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: On a black background, we see a grey square with four circles in redgreenblue, and white respectively below. 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.

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 infamous channel changing scene.

Variants

  • On Red's Dream, the Pixar square logo fades in, which crossfades into the text "PIXAR".
  • On Tin Toy, we see only the "PIXAR" text and it scrolls from right to left, along with the opening title to the said short. (It begins in seconds before the logo.)
  • On the original version of Knick Knack, the Pixar square logo appears by a light and the text zooms up to the screen. (Like in Tin Toy, it begins in seconds before the logo.)

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Simple CGI animation for 1986.

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

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • The variants has the opening theme starting over it.
  • On Luxo Jr., on the 2007 home media release of Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1, it is silent.

Availability: The normal logo is only seen on Luxo Jr., which is also seen on the Australian VHS release of Toy Story 2. However, two shorts (Luxo Jr. and Knick Knack) have this logo replaced with the next one.

Scare Factor: Medium.


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, the Game Boy Color version of the Monsters, Inc. video game, 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 (The music, sometimes accompanied by the last sound), at the beginning of Monsters, Inc. (With the opening theme playing over), at the beginning of shorts starting from Partly Cloudly, at the end of TV specials (With the last sound intact), and on the second trailer for Coco titled "Dante's Treat' (Without the last sound), it is almost formed with the tail end of the animation.
  • Recently, starting with WALL-E, the logo was given a high definition look with the same animation intact.
  • At the end of the theatrical release of Wall-E, it plays as normal, but after a while (After the lamp turns) it freezes and "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fades in. The rest continues as normal.
    • 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.
  • 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.

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". When you look closely, the lamp slightly darkens the brightness after the background darkened out. Also, it stays dark for a few seconds longer than the closing variant. 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", which is also zooming forward, fades in after, 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.
  • At the beginning of For the Birds, the song used in this short starts immediately after the last sound.
  • At the beginning of Monsters, Inc. (Short version only), The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Inside Out, the opening theme plays over the logo.
    • 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 re-release) has the closing theme (Music from way earlier in the feature) ending throughout.
      • The updated theatrical release (Including the full-screen version on the 2002 DVD/VHS) has the closing credits song ending throughout.
  • At the beginning of the 2003 re-release of Knick Knack, the music (Playing throughout the short) plays over it with the sound intact.
  • At the beginning of Finding Nemo, the opening sound starts when the it fades to black.
  • At the beginning of Jack Jack Attack, the end of the closing credits music of The Incredibles plays over it with the last sound intact.
  • At the beginning of UP, the opening sound starts after the lamp turns, leading to the opening.
  • At the end of Toy Story 3, the closing theme (Music from earlier in the feature) ends throughout with the last sound intact.
  • At the end of Finding Dory, the second half of the closing stinger (Based on the movie's original score) plays over it with the last sound intact.


Availability: The normal version is seen at the end of movies from Toy Stroy (Where it debuted) onward, and at the beginning of shorts from Geri's Game to 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. At the beginning of theatrical prints of Cars 2, it plays as normal, but after the lamp turns, the leters of "PIXAR" (Excluding the already squished "I") & "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fades out, then the background fades to black, as "CELEBRATING" (With the "C" formed from Luxo Jr.'s light) fades in, zooming forward. The blue vertically-stacked "25 YEARS", which is also zooming forward, fades in after, as "CELEBRATING" fades out. "25 YEARS" then fades out.

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 Finding Nemo, the opening sound starts when the logo fades to black.
  • At the beginning of the 2012 3D release of Monsters, Inc. and Inside Out, the opening theme plays over the logo.
    • At the end of the former, the closing theme ends throughout.
  • At the beginning of For the Birds, the song used in this short 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.

Availability: Seen on all Pixar 3-D releases starting with Up. Also seen when Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were re-released in Disney Digital 3-D. This and the 2011 variant of the 2006-present Walt Disney Pictures logo plaster the previous logo on 3-D prints of For the Birds. It also appears on both 3-D and even 2-D prints of newer shorts.

Scare Factor: None.

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