In case anyone missed the switch during the last several years, Disney's acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios serves as the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the era of digital animation. And Steve Jobs is the smiling man holding the scissors. But can the two outfits take each other to infinity and beyond?
Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs has been in the entertainment business in one way or another for two decades. Here's a time line of his Hollywood-related milestones.
Jobs buys Pixar from George Lucas for $10 million.
Nov. 22, 1995
Pixar releases "Toy Story."
Nov. 29, 1995
Pixar goes public, offering 6.9 million shares at $22 apiece. The stock offering raises $140 million, outpacing Netscape Communications as biggest IPO of the year.
TNT debuts the movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley" in which Jobs' early days are portrayed on film, with the Apple chief played by ER's Noah Wyle.
Oct. 23, 2001
Apple introduces the first iPod.
April 11, 2003
Rumors swirl that Apple is in talks to acquire the music business of Vivendi Universal.
April 28, 2003
Apple opens the virtual doors on the iTunes Music Store.
Oct. 16, 2003
Apple expands its music store to Windows.
Oct. 12, 2005
Apple unveils video-capable iPod and stocks iTunes store with thousands of music videos and a handful of TV shows from ABC and movie shorts from Pixar.
Jan. 19, 2006
The Wall Street Journal reports Disney in talks to acquire Pixar.
Sources: Pixar Animation Studios, "Apple Confidential" by Owen Linzmayer, "The Second Coming of Steve Jobs" by Alan Deutschman.