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Logo descriptions by Matt Williams, Matt Anscher, CNViewer2006 and LogoZExtreame102
Editions by V of Doom, EnormousRat, Nathan B., and betamaxtheflyer
Logo captures by V of Doom, Mr.Logo, and EnormousRat
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Background: Pixar Animation Studios (pronounced "pics-ar") was originally formed in 1986 to produce CGI animated shorts, but it didn't produce animated movies until 1995 with Toy Story, a joint production of Pixar with Walt Disney Feature Animation. Currently, it is owned by the Walt Disney Company.


1st Logo
(August 17, 1986-November 16, 1995)
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Nicknames: "The Square", "The Pixar Square"

Logo: On a black background, we see a grey square with four circles in red, green, blue, and white respectively below. Suddenly, a white light hovers over them, making them
3-D. The circles the turn into spheres. A circle zooms in on the square and four spheres zoom out. The word "P · I · X · A · R" fades in with each sphere and the end of the letter.

Trivia: On Tin Toy, the square can be seen on a bag. This logo makes a cameo in Toy Story 2 on a television channel seen by Andy's toys during the infamous channel changing scene.

Variants:
  • On Red's Dream, the Pixar square logo is seen, which fades into the text "PIXAR".
  • On Tin Toy, we see only the "PIXAR" text and it scrolls from right to left.
  • On the original version of Knick Knack, the Pixar square logo appears by a light and the text zooms up to the screen.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Simple CGI animation for 1986.

Music/Sounds: Usually it is silent or it used the opening theme of the short. On one occasion it
used a big band style tune.

Availability: Rare. Seen on Pixar's animated shorts from 1986 until 1995. It is usually plastered over on re-releases of these shorts. It has turned up on an original Australian VHS copy of Toy Story 2 which had the short Luxo Jr. before the film. Was also seen on the unreleased shorts Flags and Waves and Beach Chair.

Scare Factor: Medium.



2nd Logo
(November 17, 1995- )
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Nicknames: "Luxo Jr.", "Pixar Lamp"

Logo: We see the text:

P I X A R

Then a lamp, named Luxo Jr., hops by. He stops once he notices the "I". He shakes his body and bounces on the "
I" until it squishes it. Luxo Jr. looks around as the text "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fades in. He then faces the camera. The light slowly dims until it's completely dark. Luxo Jr.is still on though, but he turns off, making the screen completely dark.

Trivia: The lamp is from Pixar's very first animated short, Luxo Jr., made in 1986.

Variants:
  • On Cars and Cars: The Video Game, Pixar celebrated its 20th Anniversary, where it has "CELEBRATING 2 (0 of the lamp) YEARS" when it is dark.
  • On Cars 2, the logo plays but after the logo finishes the letters disappear leaving just the lamp. Then everything fades out and "CELEBRATING" fades in and slowly zooms in on a black background. Behind the text "25 YEARS" (with "25" above the "YEARS") fades in behind the "CELEBRATING" and is in a light blue font.
  • Another one is where the logo fades out after the lamp squishes the "I". This can be seen at the beginning of Pixar films, starting with A Bug's Life.
  • A still version without Luxo Jr. on a white background exists on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, the Game Boy Color version of the Monsters, Inc. video game, and Operation: Camouflage for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • A still version with Luxo Jr. exists on Toy Story 3 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • There is a short version which starts with the completed logo and only includes Luxo Jr. looking at us. It usually appears in front of shorts and trailers. This short version also appeared at the very beginning of Monsters, Inc.
  • Recently, starting with WALL-E, the logo was given a high definition look with the same animation intact.
  • On Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure, the animation starts from the point where the lamp is already in place.

FX/SFX: Very nice CGI!

Music/Sounds: In order: the metallic sound of the lamp hopping, a "jingle" when the lamp shakes its body, squeaky rubber-like sounds when it jumps on the I, and some other sounds as it looks around. On films directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles and Ratatouille) and Monsters, Inc., respectively, the opening theme of the movie plays over the logo.

Availability: Seen on all Pixar movies and shorts, except for 3-D ones. Plasters the previous logo on most pre-1995 shorts. This logo made it's first appearance after the end credits of Toy Story (and appears at the beginning of said film on most current prints, following the 2006-present Walt Disney Pictures logo, and plastering the Pixar variant of the WDP logo) and has appeared at the beginning and end of all Pixar features starting with A Bug's Life.

Scare Factor: None; this is one of the most popular logos in existance, and is cherished by many. The variants are fun to watch as well.



3rd Logo (3-D Alternative):
(May 29, 2009- )

Nicknames: "Luxo Jr. II", "Pixar Lamp II"

Logo: We start with a black screen. The camera pans to the right as we see the previous Pixar logo animation as usual. Instead of "ANIMATION STUDIOS" fading in, it fades in, then zooms in until it stops under the Pixar logo. The rest of the logo plays as normal. This whole logo is in 3-D.

FX/SFX: Very nice 3-D CGI going around here!

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: Seen on all Pixar 3-D releases starting with Up. Also seen when Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were re-released in Disney Digital 3-D.

Scare Factor: None.


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