Steve Jobs- Apple Founder, buys Lucasfilms Computer Division from George Lucas to form Pixar.
John Lasseter- Former Disney & Lucas animator, becomes primary Creative Director at Pixar.
Ed Catmull- Ran Lucasfilm's Computer Division, becomes President of Pixar.
Luxo Jr. (J. Lasseter, 1986)
Knick Knack (J. Lasseter, 1989)
Geri's Game (J. Pinkava, 1997)
Toy Story 2 (J. Lasseter, 1999)
For The Birds (R. Eggleston, 2000)
Monsters, Inc. (P. Docter, 2001)
1979- Graphics Group, a part of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm is created.
1984- John Lasseter leaves his job at Disney to work at Lucasfilm Computer Division.
1986- Lucasfilm's GG is purchased by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs for $10 million. Ed Catmull quits his job as head of Lucasfilm's Computer Division to co-found PIXAR. Luxo Jr. premieres.
1988- The short Tin Toy premieres.
1989- Tin Toy wins 1989 Academy Award for Best Short and becomes the 1st computer animated film to win an Oscar.
1991- Pixar and Disney team up to produce 3 feature animated films. Pixar makes the films and Disney distributes them.
1995- Toy Story is released, the 1st fully computer animated film.
1996- John Lasseter wins Special Achievement Academy Award for Leadership on Toy Story.
1997- Pixar and Disney sign a new agreement, superceding the old one, to jointly produce 5 animated features.
1998- A Bug's Life is released.
1999- Toy Story 2 is released. The first film to be entirely created mastered and exhibited digitally. It is also the first sequel to gross more than the original.
2001- Monsters, Inc. is released. Co-founder Ed Catmull named President. John Lasseter signs a 10 year exclusive contract.
2003- Finding Nemo released. It is the highest grossing animated film worldwide.
2004- The Incredibles is released. The 1st Pixar film to feature human characters in main roles, Little Nemo becomes the highest selling DVD of all-time.
2006- The Walt Disney Company purchases Pixar for $7.4 billion. Lasseter announces he will revive Disney's 2-D animation. Cars is released in June.