Let’s bounce back to 1986. While the rest of the world was busy making shoulder pads and workout vids, Pixar created a groundbreaking short film called “Luxo Jr.”
Long before Pixar amazed us with Sulley’s computer-generated fur, Nemo’s colorful neighborhood, and a lovable bot of little words, CG animation was, well, pretty bad. Back then, people used computer graphics to make cheesy commercial effects, like flying logos, glowing objects, and weird morphs. But John Lasseter and Ed Catmull had a different mission: to tell a CG story with heart.
Luxo Jr. stars two desk lamps and a yellow bouncing ball with a signature red star and blue stripe. The short is hailed as “the Steamboat Willie of CG” and scored Pixar an Oscar nomination. Now the lamp and ball are two of Pixar’s most recognizable icons. We followed the Luxo ball on its roll through Pixar movie history:
Buzz falls with style right onto the Luxo ball in the first Toy Story.
Toy Story 2
Al needs to tidy up the place. There’s an Easter Egg spill by the front door.
The Luxo ball is there for all of your impulse purchase needs.
Boo’s room is filled with all kinds of Pixar swag. Recognize anything else?
Perfectly placed in the cleanest kid’s room ever.
Can you spot this little Luxo ball? Hint: It can be found on the witch’s table.
Funny how the flaming red graffiti becomes significantly less scary when this pan happens.
Where else have you seen Luxo Jr. references in Pixar movies?