Pixar's tenuous evolution began in the 1970s when millionaire Alexander Schare, then president of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), was looking for someone to create an animated film from a sound recording of Tubby the Tuba. Over the next few years, Catmull and his ensemble created innovative graphics programs and equipment for Lucas, including an imaging computer called the "Pixar". The Pixar was then used to develop high-tech graphics and animation sequences for Lucasfilm projects. Unlike other computers, Pixar's software constructed high-resolution, three-dimensional color images of virtually anything, from buildings and cars to tornadoes and aliens. Remarkably, Pixar was also capable of helping medical professionals at Johns Hopkins diagnose diseases from 3D renderings of CAT-scans and x-rays; giving weather technicians new images from satellites; and even helping prospectors locate oil from enhanced seismic readings--all at a speed some 200 times faster than previous computer programs.
On April 20, 2010, Pixar opened a new studio in the downtown area of Gastown, Vancouver, B.C., named Pixar Canada. The studio primarily created projects featuring characters from Toy Story and Cars. It was closed down by Disney on October 8, 2013, laying off its approximately 100 employees, in order to refocus Pixar's efforts at its main headquarters in Emeryville, California.
- They have car-ified their animation studio in the end of the Cars 2 credits, as well as appearing before the Los Angeles International Speedway race in the first film. It was later parodied as Pixcar Animation Factory by various posters parodying other Pixar movies at Cars Land.