"Pixar Animation Studios combines creative and technical artistry to create original stories in the medium of computer animation. Pixar has created five of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Academy Award‚-winning Toy Story (1995); A Bug’s Life (1998); Golden Globe-winner Toy Story 2 (1999); the Academy Award‚-winning Monsters, Inc. (2001), and Finding Nemo (2003). Pixar’s five films have earned more than $2.1 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The Northern California studio’s next two film releases are The Incredibles (November 5, 2004) and Cars (holiday 2005). Pixar’s films are released by Walt Disney Pictures.
Toy Story, released November 22, 1995, reflects more than nine years of creative and technical achievements. The film received tremendous critical acclaim and became the highest grossing film of 1995, generating over $360 million in worldwide box office revenues. Toy Story’s director and Pixar’s executive vice president of creative, John Lasseter, received a Special Achievement Academy Award® for his “inspired leadership of the Pixar Toy Story team resulting in the first feature-length computer animated film.” Pixar has since released A Bug’s Life, the highest grossing animated film released in 1998 and Toy Story 2, the highest domestic grossing animated film released in 1999. Toy Story 2, at the time of release, broke numerous opening weekend records all over the world and won a Golden Globe award for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy in 1999. In 2001, Pixar released the Academy Award®-nominated Monsters, Inc., which reached over $100 million at the domestic box office in just nine days, faster than any animated film in history. At the time of release, Monsters, Inc.'s opening-weekend gross of $62.6 million marked the largest three-day opening ever for an animated film, the largest three-day opening ever in the month of November, the largest three-day opening in the history of The Walt Disney Studios, the largest three-day opening in the history of Pixar Animation Studios, and the sixth-largest opening in industry history. Monsters, Inc. has become the third-highest grossing animated feature film worldwide."www.pixar.com