Written and Directed by John Lasseter.
Luxo Jr. is the first short film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, which arrived in 1986 to coincide with their establishment as an independent entity following Steve Jobs' purchase of the Computer Graphics Group from George Lucas. Written and directed by John Lasseter (Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Cars) as a demonstration of Pixar's technical capabilities, the two-and-a-half minute piece follows the antics of a small desk lamp, Luxo Jr., who would go on to become the company's unofficial corporate mascot.
Luxo Jr. premiered at the 1986 SIGGRAPH conference in Dallas, Texas, where it received a standing ovation from those in attendance. It was the first CG-animated film to receive an Oscar nomination (although it lost out to A Greek Tragedy for Best Animated Short Film at the 59th Academy Awards) and is credited with shifting opinion on the possibilities of computer animation within Hollywood. Luxo Jr. also enjoyed a theatrical run in 1999 when it played alongside Pixar's third feature, Toy Story 2.
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