It dawns on us that a birthday has crept up:
On February 3rd 1986, 23 years ago today, Pixar was founded. Technically speaking, Pixar began in 1979 as a Graphics Group in the Computer Division of Lucasfilm. But the company did not get named “Pixar” until it was bought by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1986.
Pixar, of course, had a bumpy adolescence, being born of the Lucas empire, adopted by Steve Jobs, and finally embraced by the Mighty Mouse.
Though it now a Bay Area outpost of the Disney conglomerate, we salute its birth. And admire its progeny, each of them movie money spinners.
Here's Tin Toy, a 1988 Pixar short that was a precursor to Toy Story: