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August 17

August 17, 2010 – The Toy Story Playland Area Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Thanks to the creative minds of Pixar Studios and our Disney Imagineers, Guests of all ages can now feel what it’s like to be shrunk to the size of a toy and to become literally part of the Toy Story universe in Andy’s backyard.”

On August 17, 2010, the Toy Story Playland area opened in the Walt Disney Studios Park of Disneyland Paris. Based on the Toy Story franchise, the area contains three main attractions: Toy Story Parachute Drop, Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin, and RC Racer. These attractions give guests the impression that they have shrunk down to the size of a toy and are on adventures with Buzz and Woody. A similar area opened in Hong Kong Disneyland and is called Toy Story Land.

May 31

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May 31, 2008 – Pixar Place Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“The stars of Disney Pixar’s Toy Story films are ‘ready on set’ at Woody’s Picture Shootin’ Corral.”

On May 31, 2008, the Pixar-themed area Pixar Place opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park. The area features the popular attraction Toy Story Midway Mania, along with a meet and greet with Toy Story characters Woody and Buzz, and the Toy Story Dept. merchandise store.

May 18

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May 18, 2015 – Inside Out Premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

“Hopefully, no matter where you are or what your culture, you can see yourself in this.” – Director and Writer Pete Docter

On May 18, 2015, the 15th Pixar Animated Feature Inside Out premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival as an out-of-competition film. The film was met with much critical success, with many critics, including The Toronto Star’s Peter Howell, saying that it received “double to loudest applause of any other film at the festival.” Attending the festival were director and writer Pete Docter; John Lasseter;  American voice actors Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith; and French voice actors Charlotte Le Bon, Marilou Berry, Gilles Lellouche, and Pierre Niney. The film would premiere in North America a month later on June 19.

April 20

April 20, 2010 – Pixar Canada Opens in Vancouver

“Located in beautiful Vancouver BC, Pixar Canada’s mission is to produce animated shorts and television specials, featuring characters from Pixar’s prior films.”

On April 20, 2010, the animation studio Pixar Canada opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The studio, an offshoot of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, was created to focus on Pixar’s short films, including Partysaurus Rex and Small Fry. The idea was to let this studio create the short films that would be packaged with Pixar films, or used in the Disney parks as a way to entertain guests during long wait times. Unfortunately, after only three years, Pixar closed down the studio to focus on its main studio in Emeryville, laying off close to 100 employees. However, Pixar’s interest in opening in Vancouver led to other animation studios setting up their own branch studios there.

March 29

March 29, 2012 – The Smithsonian Hosts To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s Journey to the Smithsonian

“Be here when Buzz Lightyear arrives at the National Air and Space Museum!”

On March 29, 2012, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC hosted an event called To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s Journey to the Smithsonian, celebrating the addition of a special Buzz Lightyear figurine to the museum’s collection. The figurine, presented jointly by NASA and Pixar Animation Studios, was a special guest on the Space Shuttle Discovery that flew to the International Space Station. John Lasseter was on hand for the presentation and a special panel discussion that looked at Buzz’s journey through space. The figurine was then made part of the “Moving Beyond Earth” exhibit.

February 28

February 28, 2016 – Inside Out Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

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“We are so lucky. Not just us, but everyone in this room because regardless of gold man or not, we get to make stuff.”- Pete Docter

On February 28, 2016, the 88th Annual Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Nominated for two awards, the Pixar animated feature Inside Out scored one award in the form of Best Animated Feature. The film won against such films as Paramount Pictures’ Anomalisa, Espaço Filmes Boy and the World, Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep Movie, and Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie was There.

February 24

February 24, 2008 – Ratatouille Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

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“…I also want to thank my junior high guidance counselor…where he asked me ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ And I said, ‘I wanna make movies!’ And he said, ‘What else do you want to do with your life?’” – Director Brad Bird

On February 24, 2008, the 80th Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. Though receiving five nominations, Pixar’s animated feature film Ratatouille walked away with one: Best Animated Feature. This award gives Pixar its third Academy Award in this category. The film won against Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Persepolis and Ash Brannon and Chris Buck’s Surf’s Up.