Pixar Animation Studios is a highly successful company that owes much of its early success to its association with Disney studios. The company's stated objective is to "combine proprietary technology and world-class creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages" ("Corporate Overview"). Noted for its high-quality animation and engaging story lines, Pixar's computer-animated feature films include such favorites as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Cars, and Wall-E, all films that arguably could not have been produced as well by any other animation studio.
Pixar started as a computer hardware company that sold the Pixar Image Computer, which was a system that was marketed mainly to government agencies and the medical community ("Pixar Animation Studios"). The computer was not a good seller, but one of its leading buyers was Disney studios ("Pixar Animation Studios"). Pixar employee John Lasseter's animation department began producing computer-animated commercials to boost sales of the computers, and these commercials were successful ("Pixar Animation Studios"). Steve Jobs purchased the group in 1986 shortly after leaving Apple Computer a successful company ("Pixar Animation Studios").
When Pixar was founded, it began as the Graphics Group, one of three segments of the Lucasfilm Computer Division launched in 1979 ("Pixar Animation Studios"). Pixar forged a film agreement with Disney to make three computer-animated feature films, the first of which was Toy Story ("Pixar Animation Studios"). Pixar went public the week after the movie came out and soon entered into a co-production agreement with Disney ("Pixar Animation Studios"). After Disney and Pixar had a falling-out, Disney acquired Pixar in 2006 ("Pixar Animation Studios").
Pixar's management team started in 1979 with Ed Catmull from the New York In...