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Disney > Pixar


Pixar Animation Studio’s partnership with Disney has created the highest grossing children’s movies around. Pixar was founded by George Lucas, Ed Catmull and John Lasseter in 1979 to take computer graphics and create a whole new way of experiencing feature-length family films. Joined By Steve jobs in 1986, Pixar was able to fund their first minor films such as Luxo Jr., Reds Dream, Tin Toy, and Knick Knack before partnering with Disney in 1991 to make a computer-generated animated movies. Disney-Pixar’s first real hit was Toy Story, released in 1995 made 30 million dollars,nearly breaking even their budget, and just under 362 million dollars worldwide.

In the popular documentary, Inside Pixar, John Lasseter tells the audience that it takes Pixar about 4 years to create an animated movie. Between Toy Story’s release in 1995 to 2009, Pixar has released “ten feature-length motion pictures: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredible’s, Car’s, Ratatouille, WALL-E, and UP” according to, Is Pixar Out of Ideas? by Jason Bailey. Since then, 3 of the 4 films released were sequels to the previous movies such as Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Monsters University. Rumor has it that Pixar will also be releasing a sequel to Finding Nemo called Finding Dory. The only original movie since then was Brave, which was not as popular as past movies.

Is it that Pixar is out of ideas? Disney strayed away from their classic cartoon look of Lion King or Snow White, and started making animated films like Princess and the Frog and Tangled which were released in 2009 and 2010. These movies have a similar animated look to those of Pixar, taking away the special style of those movies. Princess and the Frog and Tangled were also released right around the decline of Pixar. With Disney Animated Studio’s cranking out such popular movies, Pixar doesn’t stand a chance.

The newest Disney Animated feature-length film, Frozen was released in November of 2013, and since its opening, the songs and characters from the movie went viral. The craze has not only surfaced with children, but also adults all around the world. The movie was just named the highest grossing animated film ever bringing in 1.072 billion dollars worldwide.  The movie features two sisters, one with magical snow powers. Between the captivating characters, extraordinary talent and catchy songs such as “Let It Go“, it was no surprised that this animated film captured the hearts of people all over the world. It is possible that the success of Disney has contributed to the decline of Pixar’s movies. With extreme hits like this, how can Pixar compete?


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3 thoughts on “Disney > Pixar

  1. finnegank0 on said:

    I love Disney and I love Pixar. This article was really interesting to read because I did not think about the different Pixar movies versus the different Disney movies. Are they running out of ideas? It seems like all the movies tend to repeat themselves, somewhat like a remix entailing a prince and a princess and some sort of love story. But that has slowly started to stray away with Disney’s Frozen, the bond between two sisters. I think the two feed off of one another to create ideas because what better way to beat out your competition by doing what they do – just better. I still love all the movies created by both Disney and Pixar but I agree that Disney is taking over and Pixar will not stand a chance much longer if they do not start remixing some movies.

  2. I love them both too! They are so dear to my heart!

  3. I don’t think Pixar is out of ideas, they’ve just taken a different strategy to capitalize on their changing demographic. People generally love kids movies as kids, hate them as pre-teens and teenagers, and fall in love with them again in college as nostalgia kicks in. Pixar’s original audience is reaching that age where they are getting back into kids movies; think of how many people in college who went to see Toy Story 3 and Monster University compared to those who saw Brave.

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