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February 20

February 20, 2011 – The First TV Spot for Cars 2 Premieres During Daytona 500

“When you’re in over your headlights, only friends can be trusted.”

On February 20, 2011, the first television promotional advertisement for Pixar’s newest animated feature film, Cars 2, premiered during the broadcast of the Daytona 500. The spot gave viewers a glimpse of the action in the international feature, and introduces the character Finn McMissile, voiced by actor Michael Caine. The spot also heavily featured the character Mater, voiced by comedian Larry the Cable Guy. It was then announced that the film would be released on June 24th of that year.

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January 16

January 16, 2011 – Toy Story 3 Wins Best Animated Feature Golden Globe

“Were you two even born when the first Toy Story came out?” – Director Lee Unkrich

On January 16, 2011, the 68th Golden Globes were held at the The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Pixar’s 11th animated feature Toy Story 3 was the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, winning against Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me, DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon, Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled. Toy Story 3 would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

October 7

October 7, 2002 – The Area Flik’s Fun Fair Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Hop inside a discarded food carton for a gentle flight above Flik’s Fun Fair.”

On October 7, 2002, Flik’s Fun Fair opened in A Bug’s Land area of Disney California Adventure. Based on the Pixar animated feature A Bug’s Life, the area features attractions suited for younger guests. Guests are “shrunk down” to the size of a bug after going through a fallen cereal box, and can experience attractions based on particular attributes of characters, such as the inventive nature of main character Flik. The attraction includes Flik’s Flyers, Tuck & Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies, Heimlick’s Chew Chew Train, Francis’s Ladybug Boogie, and Princess Dot Puddle Park.

August 27

August 27, 2002 – The Tribute Album Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“I only have eye for you, I love your skin so blue.”

On August 27, 2002, the tribute album to the Pixar animated feature film Monsters, Inc., entitled Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites was released through Walt Disney Records. The songs on the album were recorded by American Western and comedy band Riders in the Sky, who started their relationship with Pixar after performing the song “Woody’s Round-Up” in the film Toy Story 2. The Scream Factory Favorites album featured songs based on the film, and the instrumental piece “Big High Wire Hop,” which was featured in the short film that premiered before Monsters, Inc., For the Birds. The album would go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

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.