How Pixar has changed in the last 20 years

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To celebrate 300 issues of the world's leading magazine for 3D and VFX artists, 3D World, we're taking a look back at how the industry's changed since the magazine's launch in 2000. First up, we examine Pixar, and how the now ubiquitous name became a cultural giant.

Digitally animated films have arguably become most well-known through the work of Pixar and DreamWorks. At Pixar, short CG pieces like Tin Toy and Luxo Jr. were produced in the 1980s and early 90s as ways of pushing the envelope to gauge what was feasible for computer animation. These led to its first feature film, Toy Story, which saw the studio apply its RenderMan software – its proprietary 3D software.

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