In the past decade and a half, Pixar Animation Studios has built a reputation for exceptional filmmaking. It grew out of Jobs' $10 million purchase in 1986 of the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm. Here we see Jobs at the May 2003 premiere of "Finding Nemo" at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood in May 2003, along with (from left to right) Pixar's John Lasseter and Disney's Richard Cook and David Stainton. Pixar says "Finding Nemo" took in $70.2 million that opening weekend, setting a record for the U.S. debut of an animated feature. The movie would go on to win the Academy Award for Animated Feature Film.
In January 2006, Disney will buy Pixar for $7.4 billion, with Jobs becoming Disney's largest shareholder.
October 5, 2011 5:02 PM PDT
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