Pixar's early ads (partially found CGI animated commercials; 1989-1998)


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Pixar's early TV commercials
Kellogg's All-Bran - Cello (1993) - Taken from an old version of Pixar's website.
Kellogg's All-Bran - Cello (1993) - Taken from an old version of Pixar's website.
Status Partially Found

To give the company funding and to build up their company, as well as give itself practice towards their animation and skills and to build up a production team for future projects, Pixar put their focus towards commercials in the late 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s for a better start for their company (as do many animators and animation companies starting out or continuing in the field of animation) at the decision of Steve Jobs after the company had been losing a lot of money for years, by opening up their commercial division in 1989.

These commercials would gradually help the company become stand alone and lead them to work their way to making a fully CGI-animated movie. The commercial brands, like Tropicana, Listerine and Lifesavers, were impressed by Pixar's shorts so much that they came to them to propose the idea of them making CGI commercials for their brands. And these commercials were different in that Pixar would only produce the ads if they could be part of the creative development on them, where as most animated adverts would only have the animation company just make the animation. And thus, Pixar was given much more creative freedom, in advertising and in general. And as mentioned before, a lot of notable Pixar alumni worked on these in animation or directing, from John Lasseter to Pete Doctor to even Henry Selick, with the same couple people working in the producing and technical directing department. And the success surely showed as Pixar gained $2 million per year from these while continually getting exposure to the mainstream public.

The commercial division was officially closed on July 8th, 1996; shortly after the success of Toy Story. However, they did still make some commercials for McDonald's coinciding with the releases of A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2 in 1998 and 2000 respectively, and of course the company continues to make commercials with their characters to this day. And despite all of this only some of the commercials have made their way to the internet in recent years, and even though they have mentioned and have shown clips of the commercials in documentaries (The Pixar Story & Pixar Shorts: A Short History) they have yet to properly re-release the commercials in a current format. There lies hope that Pixar may release these on one of their "Pixar Shorts" DVDs. But until something like that happens, we have to rely on personal VHS recordings for the old ads, with quite possibly not every single last one intact.

All of the original 79 Pixar commercials made by the commercial division are listed on pixartalk.com.[1] A playlist of the non-McDonald's ones (including variants) can be found on YouTube[2]. Notably, some of the Pixar commercials, including unresurfaced ones, can be briefly spotted in Toy Story 2 while the toys are flicking through the channels on Andy's TV, as well as some Pixar shorts.

A postcard perhaps depicting “Dance of the Waterlilies”.
A postcard perhaps depicting “Dance of the Waterlilies”.

Made in Point Richmond DVD

Some point after making For the Birds, Pixar made an employee exclusive DVD called "Made in Point Richmond" that contained most of the commercials listed by Pixartalk. The two Toppan Printing ads are not listed, suggesting they actually weren't Pixar, while one 1993 ad(?) Apple Mac Classic "Introduction" not listed on Pixartalk's list is listed here.

Several people are known to have a copy, but none have came out and ripped it for online share at least as of yet.

Made in Point Richmond DVD insert listing Pixar commercials.

List of Pixar ads

Bumper Name Year Status Description/Found By
Toppan Printing – “Dance of the Waterlilies” 1989 Lost
Toppan Printing – “Galaxy” 1990 Lost
Cellular One – “Moving Target” 1991 Lost
Tropicana - “Orange Kiwi Passion" 1991 Lost
Tropicana - "Three Fruits Dancing" 1991 Lost
IncrediBites - "Comp Chomp" 1992 Lost
Bunn Coffee Makers - "In the Mood" 1992 Lost
Kellogg’s All-Bran – “Cello” 1993 Lost
Kellogg’s All-Bran – “Sprinkler” 1993 Lost
Bank South – “Hungry” 1993 Lost
Tetra Pak – “Stranded” 1993 Lost
Dow Corning – “Ideas at Work” 1993 Lost
Bank South – “Chase” 1993 Lost
Coca-Cola – “Kaleidoscope” 1994 Lost
Arm & Hammer – “Here, There and Everywhere” 1994 Lost
Boston Chicken – “Fresh Salad” 1994 Lost
Prime Option Credit Card – “Shaping Up Nicely” 1994 Lost
Prime Option Credit Card – “Strong Option” 1994 Lost
Paramount – “Logo” 1994 Lost
Chips Ahoy – “Circus” 1995 Lost
Hershey’s – “Amazin’ Straws” 1995 Lost
Coca-Cola – “Learning Lesson” 1995 Lost
McDonald's – A Bug’s Life – “Belt Loop” 1998 Found There are two, "Belt Loop 1" and "Belt Loop 2." The second one shown is "Belt Loop 2."
McDonald’s – A Bug’s Life – “Nothing Good on TV Jr.” 1998 Lost Director: Doug Sweetland, Producer: Karen Dufilho Presumably not the version with a different audio track present in the compiled video
McDonald’s – A Bug’s Life – “Watches” 1998 Lost Director: Bob Koch, Producer: Karen Dufilho
Eggbeaters "Cracks" 1991 Found Found By: Chuck D's All-New Classic TV Clubhouse
Tropicana "Warehouse 1991 Found Found by: GloopTrekker
Tetra Pak "Daydream" 1992 Found Found By: peetoons (starts at 0:31)
Kellogg’s All-Bran "Balloon" 1992 Found Found By: Angel Milian (starts at 1:59)
Kellogg’s All-Bran "Hourglass" 1992 Found Found By:

The Collective Animation Archive

Volkswagon Polo “Interview” 1992 Found Found By: Anonymous
La Poste "Ladybug 1992 Found Found By: Anonymous
Carefree "Bursting" 1993 Found Found By: barber747
Fresca "Chuckling Straws" 1993 Found Found By:

SuperNintendo96

Jordan Magic Toothbrush "Launching Magic" 1993 Found Found By: The Collective Animation Archive
Nutri-Grain "We’ve Got Taste" 1993 Found Found By:

VHSgoodiesWA

Arm & Hammer "About to Uncover" 1994 Found Found By: The Collective Animation Archive
Ortho "Flamingo" 1995 Found Found By: The Collective Animation Archive
Tower Records "Christmas Conga" 1995 Found Found By: recordman33
Hallmark "Magnets" 1996 Found Found By:

VHSgoodiesWA

Twizzlers "Let Me In" 1996 Found Found By:

90s Commercials

Sun Microsystems – “Magic Desktop” 1996 Found Found by: Oracle Solaris

Toy Story 2 Ads

While the characters are flipping through the TV channels in Pixar's Toy Story 2, some Pixar commercials, as well as Pixar short films, can be seen as an in-joke. Whether the following screencaps of this scene all include Pixar commercials or not is unknown.

References

  1. pixartalk.com page on Pixar's commercials. Retrieved 15 Sep '13.
  2. The Collective Animation Archive playlist containing found Pixar produced commercials. Retrieved 29 Aug '17.

Comments


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Stanmgk

19 months ago
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"Paramount – “Logo” (1994)"

If you are really talking about their 1994 logo, it wasn't made by PIXAR. I was made by the Flip Your Lid Animation Studio, the same that made the 1994 20th Century Fox logo and the CG Universal Pictures logo.
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Stanmgk

19 months ago
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Someone actually found an old PIXAR Marketing Tape. It has the Le Nouvelle Polo ad in it and some pretty interesting things.

http://carto...o-from-1990/
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TPJ

19 months ago
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According to the Made in Point Richmond DVD, the PIXAR Paramount logo is apparently "missing from the ???":

http://oym-m...int-richmond
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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I did some REALLY good looking at that pamphlet and I think it says "Missing from the vault".
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Anonymous user #12

3 months ago
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Although, they DID make a logo for Paramount, but in 1999.
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Anonymous user #13

3 months ago
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I doubt that logo was made by PIXAR.
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Maximillion93

16 months ago
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Here's "Shake It"!

https://youtu.be/2MxBGupwI2c
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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That link is dead. Here's a new link: youtube.com/watch?v=rxXagsgR2as
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Anonymous user #1

15 months ago
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is the levi pinheads thing lost? i thought i saw it on here at one point...
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Sharked98

13 months ago
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"Mission" has been FOUND!

https://www....=7q1M3Hx0PRA
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TPJ

12 months ago
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Aw hell yeah!
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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I just found "Cracks", "Warehouse", "Magic Desktop" and "Flamingo" as well as a different variant of "Look at Me".
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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"Cracks" (youtube.com/watch?v=S2MCfwTo68o) "Warehouse" (youtube.com/watch?v=CDI8Cjg5AxU) "Magic Desktop" (youtube.com/watch?v=WJYJp4O8BTs) "Flamingo" (youtube.com/watch?v=uohfaYxAJfs) "Look At Me" (youtube.com/watch?v=s6ojruO-z8s)
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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"Magnets" has been FOUND!

youtube.com/watch?v=kK3K7SLGzFg
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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  • Geez, how many commercials am I gonna find in one month* "Bursting" has been FOUND! youtube.com/watch?v=4i11HAc83_Q
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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Here's "About to Uncover" youtube.com/watch?v=n4zAwawEXRk
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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"Daydream" youtube.com/watch?v=AfAn7LBgCbw
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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"Ladybug" (ina.fr/video/PUB3774399021) and ""We've Got Taste" (youtube.com/watch?v=eQVOaD7OjpY)
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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Don't forget that I also found "Magic Desktop", which I put a link to.
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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Sorry, the link for "About to Uncover" is dead. Here's the real link: youtube.com/watch?v=ls2ThuSwN8M
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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You also got the "Flamingo" link wrong. That was the alternate version of a Twizzlers ad I also found. This is the real link for "Flamingo": youtube.com/watch?v=uohfaYxAJfs
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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I just noticed the "Warehouse" link is dead, so here's the real link: youtube.com/watch?v=CDl8Cjg5AxU
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Anonymous user #3

7 months ago
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Still dead
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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These people take a long time to update this page, so it should be up soon.
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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Link is back up
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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Just found "Interview". ina.fr/video/PUB3774383091
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Anonymous user #4

7 months ago
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(OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH!) "Christmas Conga" has been officially FOUND! youtube.com/watch?v=-q32OWk-EgQ
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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Really!?! Hope the authors of this page update it.
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Kobochat

7 months ago
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Nothing is stopping you guys from creating an account and updating the page on your own
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Anonymous user #4

7 months ago
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But I don't know how to.
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Anonymous user #4

7 months ago
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And also, my parents probably wouldn't allow me to.
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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Same.
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Anonymous user #4

7 months ago
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But I don't know how to.
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Anonymous user #4

7 months ago
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Here's "Chuckling Straws" youtube.com/watch?v=Qhac_fGKqFs
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TPJ

7 months ago
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Thanks for alerting me about the new finds! I've recently made a thread about a DVD containing most of the ads:

http://forum...crollTo=9544
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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No prob, Bob.
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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Oh, that DVD. WHY WON'T THEY UPLOAD IT ALL!??!
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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You should put in your playlist "Flamingo" (youtube.com/watch?v=uohfaYxAJfs), "Bursting" (youtube.com/watch?v=4i11HAc83_Q), "About to Uncover" (youtube.com/watch?v=ls2ThuSwN8M), "Daydream" (youtube.com/watch?v=AfAn7LBgCbw), "We've Got Taste" (youtube.com/watch?v=eQVOaD7OjpY), "Magnets" (youtube.com/watch?v=kK3K7SLGzFg) and "Chuckling Straws" (youtube.com/watch?v=Qhac_fGKqFs).
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Anonymous user #5

7 months ago
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According to the Made in Point Richmond DVD, Pixar didn't make commercials for Toppan Printing.
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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I'm not sure if this is it, but I think I found the "Paramount - Logo" commercial: youtube.com/watch?v=Enhu3AvRS-I
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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Either that or this: youtube.com/watch?v=RgvHQL9lYoM
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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Nope. Pretty sure it's the first one.
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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"Launching Magic" = FOUND!: youtube.com/watch?v=Y3EItHnbyig
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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I found Kellogg's All-Bran "Balloon" commercial, but it's in Mexican: youtube.com/watch?v=BOs75dHHxIo
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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I just found "Sprinkler" which is also [sadly] in Mexican and this is TRIGGERING me right now!: youtube.com/watch?v=GmhNQBoB5FM
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Anonymous user #2

7 months ago
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No, wait! That was "Hourglass"! Sorry! My bad!
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TPJ

7 months ago
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Could this be Arm & Hammer “Here, There and Everywhere”?

https://www....=dfF404rqN6E
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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Well, it doesn't really look like PIXAR quality.........soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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Rhino Ryan

6 months ago
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I would assume the reason that there has been no official compilation release is that the commercials are owned by the companies themselves, not Pixar.
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Anonymous user #6

6 months ago
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That makes sense.
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Anonymous user #7

6 months ago
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In the veggietales dvd commentary for Dave and the giant pickle one of the commentators said about Picard
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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Yay! VeggieTales! I heard that too. The guy who said that was Phil Vischer, the guy who created it all. He was probably referring to the Listerine - Boxing ad.
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Anonymous user #7

6 months ago
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sorry autocorret
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Anokata3545

5 months ago
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Might have found Learning Lesson, not really sure. https://www....=z5GVljsL8yg

This is a compilation of 90's coke ads (something i enjoy finding and watching), at the 3:08 mark is the ad in question. Highly doubt it since it isn't really CGI.
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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Well, "Secret Weapon" wasn't really CGI, so it could be.
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TPJ

5 months ago
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Huh. Well if we ever get hold of the contents of the Made in Point Richmond DVD, we'll know for sure
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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That'll be the day.
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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I think I found one of the Prime Option Credit Card commercials: youtube.com/watch?v=V-HGOU8tUn4
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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Just found another one: .youtube.com/watch?v=68_LCBhP8fw
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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Nevermind. It wasn't PIXAR.
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Ryanskii

5 months ago
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Still Nice credit card find
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Anonymous user #6

5 months ago
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And nice profile pic!
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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HOLY MOTHER OF ALL GOOD THINGS!!!!! I JUST FOUND THE TWIZZLERS AD CALLED "LET ME IN" youtube.com/watch?v=uh8X77BDUHY
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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Please update the following: The list of partially found/found PIXAR ads. There's a longer version of the Kellogg's Balloon ad (youtube.com/watch?v=BOs75dHHxIo) and the Ortho Flamingo ad is acutally this (youtube.com/watch?v=ESm6SBpNknw)

Also, you need to update the list of lost PIXAR ads. The Sun Microsystems paperclips ad is found and right here (youtube.com/watch?v=WJYJp4O8BTs)
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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Will be doing a semi-major overhaul tomorrow
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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Ok.
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Anonymous user #4

4 months ago
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The unknown Twizzlers ad is actually just a variant of the "Check me Out" ad . You can take it down.
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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Also, you can take down the unknown Mastercard ad. I did some research and I found it was made by a company that wasn't PIXAR.
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TPJ

4 months ago
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But it fits the title and is different animation than "Check Me Out"...
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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What are you talking about? It has exactly the same animation as "Check Me Out", just color changes.
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Anonymous user #9

4 months ago
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Horseshit.
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Anonymous user #14

3 months ago
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???????
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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I think the two Kellogg's All-Bran ads from 1992 were specifically made for Mexico, not a Mexican dub.
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TPJ

4 months ago
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Got a thread for leads on that DAMN Made In Point Richmond DVD...

http://forum...nd-pixar-dvd
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Anonymous user #8

4 months ago
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Please remove the link to the YouTube playlist, as it is now private. Thanks.
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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which one
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Anonymous user #8

4 months ago
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Link #2 would be it, if i'm correct.
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Anonymous user #9

4 months ago
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Technically you shouldn't put "Found by" with "The Collective Animation Archive" for those four ads; I wasn't the one to find those ads.
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Anonymous user #10

4 months ago
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I found out that the Coca-Cola commercial, "Kaleidoscope", is in the Paley Center of Media, which is all the way in New York. It'll take a GENIUS to find that in the archives.
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Anonymous user #10

4 months ago
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BTW, here's proof: www.paleycenter.org/collection/item/?q=coca-cola&f=all&c=tv_ad&advanced=1&p=2&item=AT:31450.019
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TPJ

4 months ago
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Huh, the Darla K Anderson isn't mentioned as one of the producers there.
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Anonymous user #11

4 months ago
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I just noticed that. Maybe this isn't it.
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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I doubt that the Bank South commercials will arise anytime soon. The only way it WILL arise is if somebody rips the entire Made in Point Richmond DVD.
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Anonymous user #14

3 months ago
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Maybe that oym-museum guy, or whatever his name is, will upload it.
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TPJ

1 months ago
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Bad news, Oym-museum doesn't want to share his copy of the DVD:

http://lostm.../20/Sigh.png
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Welp, that search is dead.
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Or, it just came back to life..........
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Anonymous user #15

3 months ago
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Any news about more found commercials?
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Anonymous user #14

3 months ago
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I'd LOVE some news!
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Anonymous user #14

2 months ago
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Why are there two versions of the "Paramount - Logo" commercial?
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TPJ

2 months ago
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The upload of the Tower Records ad got taken down, but I had a backup and reupped its two variants while also improving the audio sync(?) and aspect ratio: https://www....=MKRSOfuwpR4

https://www....=9EFaqk5wUeI
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Yes, you changed the aspect ratio, but the video itself is widescreen.
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TPJ

6 days ago
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Ah but was the original upload also widescreen in that it was stretched to 16:9?
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TPJ

1 months ago
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Bad news, Oym-museum doesn't want to share his copy of the DVD:

http://lostm.../20/Sigh.png
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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HE WAS OUR ONLY HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF-
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Ryanskii

1 months ago
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dude shutup
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Anonymous user #16

1 months ago
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YOU shaddup!
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Ryanskii

1 months ago
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you spamming letters doesn't do shit, ok
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Anonymous user #16

1 months ago
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Um, how exactly am I spamming?!?
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Ryanskii

1 months ago
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Not talking to you
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Fine. I'll shut up. I just had to get that out of my system. I'm done screaming.
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TPJ

1 months ago
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Okay in good news, Pixar apparently did make those Toppan Printing ads and someone has copies, as well as a Pixar ads demo reel:

http://forum...rollTo=13885
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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I just hope Flip Phillips releases that demo reel soon. I just got back into liking these, and I'm on the search for more lost commercials. Hopefully, he will. You'll have to ask him if he can post it on Vimeo, or something.
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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I might've found that Apple Mac "Introduction" commercial listed in the MIPR DVD: youtube.com/watch?v=5IsT-R6HRmI

I doubt it is, though.
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Anonymous user #17

1 months ago
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Nah, that's not really a 1994 fitting model, is it?
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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No. It isn't. iMac was made years after 1993. Plus it doesn't really look like a 90's commercial.
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