Interesting Pixar Facts, Figures and Statistics (2020) | By the Numbers

I recently sat down to find out and here are the more interesting Pixar movie facts and statistics I was able to dig up. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

pixar facts statisticsPlease note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company tallies. All Pixar facts are linked to their source unless it was sent to me directly from the company. No stat listed should be considered in making any type of investment decision. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.

Pixar Facts and Statistics

Year Pixar began:


Name of Pixar’s predecessor:

The Graphics Group (part of Lucasfilm)

Pixar’s first Chairman:

Steve Jobs

Number of Academy Awards won by Pixar:


Last updated 1/19/19

How many Pixar movies are there?


Last updated 1/19/19

How many Pixar movies has John Ratzenberger been in?

All 20 Pixar movies

Last updated 9/11/17

Pixar’s Cars has generated $10 billion in movie merchandise sales.

Wall-E was named after Walter Elias Disney

Boo’s real name in Monsters Inc is Mary

Cars was Paul Newman’s last movie

The Pixar lamp mascot is named Luxo Jr.

Billy Crystal had a chance to play Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, but turned it down.

Reese Witherspoon was originally supposed to play Merida in Brave.

Number of balloons that it took to lift Carl’s house in Up:



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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments: 1) The birth of my son (who is now 7 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?) I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include Disney, Sports, 80's Nostalgia, LEGO, Star Wars and Tech Gadgets. Other sites include DMR and