Wall-E’s origins date back to the early days of Pixar

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If you’ve seen a Pixar movie without skipping the opening credits, you’re definitely familiar with Luxo Jr. He’s the cute little desk lamp that jumps into frame when the Pixar Animation Studios logo pops up, jumping up and down on the ” i” and flatten it. He is Pixar’s mascot and his prominence to the company dates back to 1986, with the studio’s first animated short in its modern form.

“Luxo Jr.” was the creation of John Lasseter, who studied character animation at Cal Arts and worked for Disney and Lucasfilm before the computer animation department spun off into his own independent company, Pixar. He worked day and night, even sleeping in his office, to complete the two-minute short in time for the SIGGRAPH conference, where he was greeted with enthusiastic applause. The film was a breakthrough for the computer animation industry, but Lasseter was concerned about two key aspects that would shine through when it came to directing full-length feature films. He explained it in an interview with Animato! review (via HarryMcCracken.com):

“The thing I wanted to do in Luxo Jr. was making the characters and the story the most important thing, not the fact that it was done with infographics. As you see in the film screening at SIGGRAPH, it’s often computer graphics for computer graphics nerds. People are excited about it only because it was generated with a computer.”

“Luxo Jr.” is always a delight. While the animation still looks good for its age, the most notable thing is how much character Lasseter gives the lamps. Despite lacking easily anthropomorphic traits, they still exhibit curiosity, surprise, eagerness, affection, excitement, sadness, reproach, shame, and exasperation. . Not bad for a movie on two appliances.

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